Never mind what they say in the tabloids. Not all new L.A. moms have a personal assistant to help them get ready for baby. Here are some suggestions of places to get you started – complete with nurturing support and good advice.
The Right Start
You can’t drive away from the hospital with the new baby without a properly-installed car seat. But if you’re a new parent, the options are overwhelming, especially when you consider the number and variety of potential car/seat stroller recommendations. The Right Start pretty much only carries car seats of the safer varieties. And you can often find employees who are well-trained in the art of installing these very important contraptions in your car. And while you’re there you can find a wide range of baby necessities including strollers, bath and nursery items and much more. They have four locations in Southern California. Baby registries are available, too.
12420 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
Baby-proofing the house is something you should consider before the baby is born. Mainly because after baby comes home you’ll be so busy caring for him or her the actual need for baby proofing will sneak up on you when you’re not looking. Safer-Baby! in Studio City offers a wide range of baby- and earthquake- safety products that you can see “in action” at their retail location. If you’re so inclined, they also offer consultation services, where they will come to your home, make recommendations and even properly install the products.
11726 Barrington Court
Brentwood, CA 90049
Because the oohs and aahs are important, too, check out Wonderland in Brentwood for clothes, books, nursery items and much more. This is literally a one-stop-shop and ideal baby registry location. And they also carry some of the hottest brands in baby apparel and accessories. The store also offers a line of organic wipes, household cleansers and sleep items. The customer service is exceptional, and a gift registry, gift baskets and gift cards are available, too.
Welcome to the world of parenthood, where it’s okay to roll around on the floor on a brightly colored mat and sing nursery rhymes! Also, it’s fun for the baby, too. It’s never too early to stimulate your baby’s mind and development. And at Gymboree Play & Music you can share age-appropriate activities with your baby that will help him/her develop socially and physically during play with other kids and parents. These classes also enable parents to learn about their babies’ development from well-trained instructors and from each other. There are several membership options, and locations all across Southern California.
– Jennifer Vides blogs at JenniferVides.com.