Big-box children’s clothing stores all seem to carry just about the same style if not the same item. Fortunately, there are alternatives to the chain stores; places where parents and grandparents can go to find unique items to dress their infants, babies and toddlers. There are special designer stores that make elegant new clothes for baby, and carry items especially apropos for family and other big event gatherings. Some consignment shops, however, also specialize in baby apparel, and provide a budget-conscious alternative for daily wear. Here are just five of the top spots for baby clothes in Connecticut.

Kid Around Resale
345 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 858-0329
www.kidaroundresale.com

Families with babies and small children rarely have a lot of disposable income, especially in these difficult economic times. Kid Around Resale in Norwalk is a welcome oasis in a world of expensive children’s clothing, as it offers “gently used” clothes in “good” or better condition, and offers it at affordable prices. Maria and Matt DeVito run a nice, clean – emphasis on the word clean – bright and welcoming establishment. Their goal is not to sell parents one piece of designer clothing, but a “whole bundle” of clothes for baby. Kid Around Resale will also buy the clothes back when baby grows up – as long as the clothes meet their “clean” and “gently used” standards. This shop carries infant to size 10 clothes and shoes, and offers a coupon on its website for $5 off any purchase of $30 or more. Kid Around Resale’s staff also speaks Spanish, which is an added boon for the immigrant population of Norwalk and the surrounding area.

Max & Lily’s Closet
262 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 920-5270
www.facebook.com/maxandlilyscloset

Max & Lily’s Closet is a great asset for families shopping for baby and children’s clothes on a budget. The shop only takes clothing that is in excellent shape, yet always seems to be fully stocked. There are play clothes and party dresses for infants, toddlers and little kids, as well as some books and toys (which can keep the little ones amused while their parents and grandparents go shopping). A warm and welcoming place with reasonable prices, Max & Lily’s is a place where someone shopping for baby clothes can, like the poem presented on the shop’s Facebook page announces, “Make the Ordinary Come Alive.”

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A Little Square
1981 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 955-1099
www.alittlesquare.com

A Little Square is more than just a standard baby boutique – it has a heart and soul, as is shown by its dedication to “The Pink Pom-Pom Project.” All proceeds from the store go to help that charity, which supports inner-city kids and cancer survivors. The baby clothes (as well as toys and accessories for baby) are not cheap, but they are darling. The “Ruffle Butts, Ruffled Bloomers” for little baby girls and red-striped bow tie for baby boys may not be for everyday wear, but for special family gatherings, they are bound to be a big hit. The store also has camps, classes and special nights for kids and for parents (including adult-only nights) to bedazzle, sew and do other crafts. Founded by a cancer survivor, A Little Square has a big heart – and a good selection of wonderful baby clothes.

My New Wardrobe
29 E. Main St.
Avon, CT 06070
(860) 678-7087
www.mynewwardrobeboutique.com

From christening gowns to Bat Mitzvah dresses, My New Wardrobe Boutique in Avon is the place to go for the best from European and American designers of baby and children’s clothing. It carries Sallymiller, Tractr, Angel Girl and Hannah Banana, just to name a few of the many hard-to-find brands on the racks. The store has regular hours six days a week, but also will open for special customers by appointment. The shop has both fancy and casual clothing, as well shoes, gifts and accessories.

Baby-Go-Round
334 Long Hill Road
Groton, CT 06340
(860) 446-8174
www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Go-Round

Baby-Go-Round is one of if not the best-reviewed consignment shop for baby clothing in Connecticut. Its customers are not only satisfied but also loyal – many of them returning every few years to sell back or buy more baby clothes. The store is very professionally organized, and there is even a designer section of hard-to-find modern as well as vintage clothes for infants, babies and toddlers.
 
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