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Best for Moms & Babies 2012: DallasChild

The possibilities for moms and babies in the Big D are endless, which is why we asked you where you go and who you depend on to get you through pregnancy and year one. Which Mommy & me class do I go to? Where’s the best place to have a baby? You spoke, and we wrote. Here they are, in no particular order, the winners (voted on by you) of our Best for Moms and Babies 2012.

Parenting Class for Newborns
Baby Coming Home

Whether you’re at the “Congrats you’re expecting!” or the “Congrats it’s a boy!” stage, preparing for what’s next can seem daunting. Since babies don’t come with an owner’s manual, it’s always good to have some support. Enter the professionals at Baby Coming Home. During their workshops, parents can learn all things baby from A to Z: Is the nursery equipped and ready? How does one correctly swaddle a baby? What is my baby’s proper daily routine? As a mom you’ll still have those freak-out moments, but with Baby Coming Home you’ll probably have an answer to that frantic “What do I do?” Dallas, 972/267-8766; babycominghome.com

Place to Have a Baby in Dallas County
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

When baby arrives, so does a slew of numbers you’ll never forget: birth date, pounds, ounces, inches, even hours in labor. At Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, there are some numbers you might remember too. The original Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants has welcomed more than 120,000 newborns into the world since 1983. Some 75 OB/GYNs deliver 6,000 babies a year – 17 a day! Whoa. Every baby is different, and so is the care required. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is top-notch, and the 250,000-square-foot center is big in care for that tiny bundle of joy. Dallas, 214/345-2642; texashealth.org/dallas

Place to Have a Baby in Collin County
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano
What can you expect when you’re expecting? The staff at the Plano location knows. Since opening in 1991, they’ve cared for women at every stage. They have a unit solely dedicated to high-risk pregnancies, and board-certified neonatologists are on hand to care for that tiny joy in your life when he or she arrives. Their luxurious postpartum suites are available for a Beyoncé-esque experience (sans the security and diva attitude) with five-star food (after all, you’re still eating for two). The hospital is recognized as a Baby-Friendly® hospital for care that goes above and beyond for breast-feeding moms. Plano, 972/981-3788; texashealth.org/plano

Birthing Center
Allen Birthing Center

You’ll feel right at home at the Allen Birthing Center … literally. Their location is the old Bacus-Brown house in historic Allen (No. 6 on the historical tour, in case you wanted to know), and they’re Collin County’s oldest birth center. Three licensed and Certified Nurse Midwives on staff with 40 years of combined labor experience assist mothers in water births, home birthing as well as routine well-woman care. Allen, 214/495-9911; allenbirthingcenter.com

Cecily Floyd, CNM, Women's Health Alliance

Babies are truly a miracle in the making. Before, during and after, Cecily Floyd is there to walk you through the journey. “I am constantly in awe of the power and beauty of birth,” she says. “Women are much stronger than they give themselves credit for. I am thankful for all that they teach me.” Floyd has 10 years of experience as a midwife and has worked with the supportive staff at Women’s Health Alliance for three years and attends up to 15 births a month. Dallas, 214/824-3200. Mesquite, 972/613-6336; womens-healthalliance.com

Place to Splurge on Baby Furniture
Baby Bliss

When baby becomes your life, there are days you might not get out of your pajamas or leave the house, so surround yourself with lovely things. At Baby Bliss you can find stylish furniture, bedding and décor to make the nursery – your world – a pleasant oasis. Rock your precious package in a sleek Joya Rocker or watch her sleep in a modern Oeuf Classic crib. Staff at this atypical boutique will help you get started on what you need to make bringing home baby both chic and comfortable. Snider Plaza, 469/232-9420; shopbabybliss.com

One-stop Shop for Baby Goods
Babies "R" Us

TGFBRU – Thank Goodness for Babies “R” Us. Since opening in 1996, the go-to baby store has kept nurseries stocked. If you need it, they have it. Yes, it can be a bit overwhelming going from aisle to aisle trying to make the best decision on what kind of diaper rash cream to use, but you’re not alone. You’re sure to see other moms with that deer-in-the-headlights look thinking, “This is a whole lot of baby stuff.” Multiple locations; babiesrus.com

Place to Splurge on Baby Furniture
Dimples & Dandelions

Are you that mom who accessorizes her baby head to toe? It’s OK, we’ve been there. That tutu was just too-too cute. This baby boutique makes it way too easy to play dress-up. Gowns, pettiskirts, headbands, leg warmers, hats, designer clothing and, yes, tutus – they have it all. Frisco, 972/668-3512; dimplesanddandelions.com

Post-partum Workout
Baby Boot Camp©

Founder and mom Kristen Horler created Baby Boot Camp to give moms an opportunity to burn off those baby pounds and spend time with the little one who had a role in transforming that body. The group activity supplies motivation: Otherwise, you might talk yourself out of that workout. Baby Boot Camp lets you choose from two programs that incorporate your child in his stroller. Multiple locations, 941/953-5000; babybootcamp.com

Toy Store
Learning Express

In 1987, mom Sharon DiMinico saw a need for a specialty toy store in her Massachusetts town, and now there are 140 stores across the country. The toy boutique focuses on educational toys that encourage fun and creativity. Whatever your little one wonders about, they have a toy for it: wooden toys by Melissa and Doug, Spy Stuff, Calico Critters and more. Multiple locations; learningexpress.com

Maternity Store
A Pea in the Pod

While you’re basking in the glow of your pregnancy and finding excitement around every corner (minus the morning sickness), the one thing that makes you bummed is temporarily bidding adieu to the chic clothes that you effortlessly wore (and looked fantastic in, by the way). Many of you have found a prescription to your baby-body blues and take solace in A Pea in the Pod’s maternity labels, which help your killer style endure. Names such as Vince, Splendid, Velvet and Lily (Pulitzer) warm your heart even more now. Dallas, 214/346-9140; apeainthepod.com

Babysitting Source
Mom's Best Friend

In the market for a baby sitter? Maybe you’re new to the area or your go-to-girl is leaving for college and you don’t know whom to trust. Mom’s Best Friend is a membership-based service pairing you with safe and reliable sitters who’ve gone through background checks and meet their baby-sitter criteria. The annual membership fee is $125, and hourly pricing depends on the specific need. If you’re just home from the hospital and can’t find the instruction manual for the new baby in your arms, call them up and enlist a night nanny or newborn care specialist to help you through this new motherland. Dallas, 972/446-0500; momsbestfriend.com

Once Upon A Child

So, about all that stuff that your baby’s grown out of or just doesn’t use because that cardboard box is more entertaining than the pricey piece of plastic you bought last week … rather than letting the toy collect dust, consign it and collect money for your piggy bank. Once Upon a Child buys and sells gently used clothes, toys and baby gear. All items go through a safety check. With up to 70 percent off the retail price, you might need a second piggy bank too. Multiple locations; onceuponachild.com

Mommy & Baby Class
The Little Gym

Anywhere that has a “Parents’ Survival Night” is a place you need to know about. The Little Gym is all about fun for everyone. Starting at 4 months, you and your baby can join a class and start working on motor skill development. From the Bugs (ages 4–10 months) to the Super Beasts (2 ½–3), children participate in fun activities such as gymnastics, dance and sports skills. The first years of that little person’s life are so important, and you can be part of the fun. Multiple locations, 888/228-2878; thelittlegym.com

Childcare Center for Babies
Primrose Schools

Primrose is well known in the DFW area for its warm and inviting approach to caring for children. Each franchise location must meet strict standards. The internal standards are built on Balanced Learning®, which blends teacher-directed and child-initiated strategies to support learning through play and exploration. Primrose Schools is in its 30th year of caring for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten and offers before and after-school programs through fourth grade at more than 42 schools in the DFW region. Multiple locations; primroseschools.com