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Best Baby Shops: Austin

In honor of SXSW, we’ve scoured Austin for the 6 best spots to shop for baby.

Best Baby Shops: Austin

All eyes are on Austin this week for SXSW. But there’s a reason so many of the coolest New Yorkers we know have made the move to this cool Southern city for good. Austin often tops the lists of best places to raise kids (Forbes, Parenting Magazine, Business Week), and with great weather for most of the year, plenty of open space, live music, kid-friendly festivals and great public schools, it’s no surprise. Home to Whole Foods, Lulumon, Formula 1 and the X Games, Austin also leans heavy on health and outdoor activities. Throw in an easy, arty laid-back -- yet totally hip -- vibe, and you have the trappings of a childrearing utopia.

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Here’s our favorite Austin stores for expectant parents:

Picket Fences

This long-time go-to store is a great place to shop for hand-picked items for your pregnancy and beyond. They offer a great selection of jeans, fashionable tops and dresses, as well as registry items and baby clothing that never lets you forget you’re in Austin.

Best for: Maternity clothes, baby clothes, gifts for your expectant friend and décor

Visit: 1003 W 34th Street, Austin picketfencesbaby.com

Special Addition

Special Addition is a welcoming maternity boutique known for its amazing customer service and assistance with nursing bras and nursing equipment. The store offers a wide range of maternity clothing in addition to under garments; anything product you might need for breastfeeding and a wide range of gifts.

Best for: Nursing bras, breast pumps and nursing advice

Visit: 7301 Burnet Road, Suite 200M, Austin maternityandnursing.com

Baby Earth

Baby Earth is the ultimate baby gear store in Austin. With high end brands like Bugaboo and Nuna as well as everyday favorites like Graco and Chicco, it's a great place to find whatever baby gear you need. The store also has a wide selection of cloth diapers and furniture to peruse.

Best for: Stroller, car seat, cloth diaper supplies

Visit: 106 E Old Settlers Blvd. Ste D-100, Round Rock babyearth.com

The Natural Baby Co

Located downtown, the Natural Baby Company is just what you’d expect -- a sunny filled store chocked full of green and clean products like cloth diapers, amazing baby skin care line and a carefully curated selection of baby gear. Whitney and her staff are helpful and knowledgeable.

Best for: Cloth diapers and baby carriers

Visit: 515 S. Congress Ste. 200, Austin thenaturalbabyco.com

Wee

Also located downtown is Wee, with a modern urban take on baby gear, furniture, bedding, gifts and toys. While a ‘wee’ store, it does pack a punch in any hipsters registry.

Best for: Nursery furniture, stylish baby clothing and gifts

Visit: 213 West 2nd Street, Austin shopwee.com

Sparkle Kids

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Sparkle Kids. This upscale secondhand store is shopping at its finest on a budget. The store carries a wide range of high end baby and kids stuff that often times looks like its never been used. Great selection of shoes too!

Best for: Upscale second-hand baby gear and fashion

Visit: 4800 Burnet Rd, Austin & 2810 Manchaca at South Lamar

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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