The possibilities for moms and babies in North Texas 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.
Childcare Center for Babies
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 and is accredited by SACS/CASI or NCA/CSI, respected organizations that also accredit private schools and colleges. 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. For continuing education at home, parents can log on to the Primrose Parent’s Place.
Place to Splurge on Baby Clothes
Heaven Sent Children's Boutique
The ladies at Heaven Sent Children’s Boutique know something about dressing kids – they’ve been doing it for 10 years. Their fashions include classic smocked dresses and john-johns to couture patterns and prints. Dress your little ones in outfits you’ll wish they had in your size by Haute Baby, Biscotti and more. For the little man in your life, the graphic tees by Mini Shatsu and fedoras by Foresome Inc. are a double threat. For mamas, they carry Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags to keep you and all of your baby’s stuff stylish.
Place to Have a Baby in the North Texas Area
Medical Center Of Lewisville
What baby wants, baby gets at the Medical Center of Lewisville. Mom can rest assured before and after birth with top-of-the-line care. With the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Southern Denton County, the Medical Center of Lewisville provides the best care from experienced staff to give your little loved one the specialized treatment he or she needs. Moms, if you’re looking for a Beyoncé-esque birthing experience (sans the security and diva attitude), check out the luxury suites. These private rooms include a spa-like bathroom, gourmet meal, full-size sofa bed for overnight guests and other amenities. In the 26 standard all-private postpartum rooms, nurses and doctors practice the Mother-Baby Model of Care in which one nurse assists both mother and baby to ensure top-notch care and confidence for new moms and their babies.
All About Babies
The All About Babies Birth Center is a place for any mom looking to make the birthing process as personal as possible. Certified professional midwives Donnellyn Dominguez, Joni Yankus, Sherry Oldfield and Dr. Cindy Haggerton assist women through childbirth in the comfort of their own home or at the center, a recently remodeled home in Argyle. Water births are available, and they also offer birth-tub rentals.
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. SeekingSitters is a membership-based service that pairs you up with safe and reliable sitters who’ve gone through background checks and meet their baby-sitter criteria. The membership fee is $39.99, and from there you choose a service plan that allows you to request more information on the sitter of your choice. Hourly baby-sitter charges depend on the area, but they do require a minimum of four hours per sitting event – so you better make it count!
Denton County, 817/789-1500
Place to Buy Toys
Helloooo, if you don’t shop at Target a.k.a Tar-zhay then you must live in a land unfamiliar to man. The store that causes the “went in for toilet paper, came out with a sweater, lipstick and a pillow” syndrome has aisles of toys grouped by category for easy retrieval of Thomas the Train or the next best set of building blocks. You will find most infant toys in the baby section – near the baby clothes that you can't resist either.
Multiple locations, target.com
Once Upon A Child
So, about all that stuff 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 to ensure quality. It’s a good first stop when you’re in the market for a toy that has too many pieces and requires assembly. Just stop in and check their shelves for one that’s already put together and is up to 70 percent off the retail price. You might need a second piggy bank too.
Flower Mound, 972/874-0779
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 with baby essentials. 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 lot of baby stuff.” The staff at Babies “R” Us know the look too, and they’ve created a Guide App available online and through iTunes to help make those decisions easier. Video tutorials walk you through categories such as car seats, infant feeding and nursery details. It’s kind of like having your own Rosie Pope assistant … sorta.
Baby Boot Camp©
Made for mom by a mom. Founder 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, when you start thinking about how you’re gonna get to the gym, who’ll watch your precious child and whether you’ll remember how to operate that treadmill, you’ll have talked yourself out of the workout. Baby Boot Camp lets you choose from STROLLFIT, which uses your child in the stroller as part of the workout, or STROLLGA – yoga-inspired fitness for moms using the stroller as a prop to get into yoga poses. Child’s Pose will have a whole new meaning.
Amanda Hall, 214/317-1842
Victoria Patel, 941/953-5000