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Buy Local for Baby: Southeast Michigan’s Best Baby Boutiques

Let’s be honest with each other for a minute: you thought bougie baby clothes were pointless right up until you saw that teeny, tiny little leather moto jacket on the rack. It was at that very moment your rational brain shut down, and mom brain began its full reign. 2 pairs of infant crocs, and one impossibly small jean jacket later, you’re here googling baby boutiques in southeast Michigan.


You know how I know? Because it’s ME, the mom who thinks her toddler needs every version of those little strawberry shirts at target even though she’ll outgrow them in like a week.


If you’re completely unhinged like me, or if you’re a rational human being that’s just looking for a cute, unique baby gift, I’ve got the ultimate list of metro-Detroit’s best baby boutiques. They’re all locally-owned so you can find something truly unique and special for that little cutie-patootie you have on the way. And look, who cares if they’re gonna poop on it anyway? Dress that baby in cute things before they start having opinions, ok? It won’t be long before they start demanding to wear that filthy Sesame Street shirt with pink rain boots and no pants to church.


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The Best Baby Boutiques in the Metro-Detroit Area


Toyology Toys - Bloomfield Hills

Toyology is a kiddie wonderland with three locations in Michigan - Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, and West Bloomfield. If you’re looking for locally owned baby toy store for that perfectly unique gift, check them out! They have toys for kids of all ages, including infants. One thing I enjoy about them is they have cute locally themed things in stock, like this bedtime book called “Good Night Michigan.”


The Little Seedling - Ann Arbor

This little baby shop is special because it’s owned and employed by moms, not a bunch of teenagers who just need something to do after school. No shade to the teens, but sometimes you want someone who’s been in the trenches before to tell you if you should get snap onesies or buttons (the answer is neither - t-shirts are superior). The business started as a cloth diapering service in the owner’s basement and grew to be a local gem and storefront in Ann Arbor. This baby boutique offers high quality, super cute, organic cotton clothing, and a host of other babyhood essentials.


Having a baby these days can be overwhelming mainly because of the impossible number of options you have for baby equipment. What stroller should you get? Should you buy the swivel or the regular car seat base? Do I need the diaper bag with the built-in changing mat? Should I opt for a white noise or pink noise machine? The options are endless, but thank God for stores like Modern Natural Baby. This baby boutique is rated highly for its quality of service, namely the expert staff that help you pick the things you’ll actually need. They’ll even help you install your car seat and make sure it’s a good fit.


This whimsical little gift shop has three locations - Rochester, Berkely, and Ann Arbor - and they’re all perfect for finding something precious and magical for your baby. Customers love the unique selections of gifts, especially the artistic touch to everything. If you’re looking for a truly one of a kind baby gift that will be treasured, check them out!


Shopping for baby always turns into getting a little treat for myself, and this local baby store manages to have things mom and baby can enjoy together! I love their selection of baby body care (the ointments and room sprays, that is). They have a ton of cute and unique baby clothes to choose from, and customers love the variety of price points and the customer service.


Does your infant need a UofM varsity jacket? Of course not, but how can you say no to something so small and CUTE?? This baby boutique in Oxford has the most adorable variety of baby clothes you can imagine. Customers love the variety and the warmth of the owner, and I love thath they’re closed on Sunday and Monday for family time. That really shows this store is owned by people who actually care about your littles, you know?


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Are you in your sustainability era? I sure hope so. And if you’re like me, you love serving a good secondhand look. Check out the Funky Frog in Rochester. They have an exciting variety of gently loved kids clothes, gear, and toys. Relieve yourself of the pressure to constantly buy new (especially when you know that yellow poop is going to ruin it anyway) and buy your baby’s clothes used. Customers love the selection and pricing at this baby boutique.


A local baby clothing store with cute designs that aren’t splattered in neon? SIGN ME UP. Customers love the unique selection of baby clothes at Apple Blossom and so do I. The designs are sweet and won’t make you feel like you’re carrying around a little baby laser show. To be fair, I’m kind of a sad beige mom, but my todder likes wearing this neon strawberry shirt that reflects sun like polished silver so…you can see where my bias comes from.


Again, relieve yourself of the pressure to buy everything brand spanking new and shop the resale at the Stork Collection. Customers love the variety and cleanliness of the space (because you know how things can get at some places). You’ll find cute clothes for your baby and you’ll be helping the planet AND you’ll be supporting a local business! Wins all around.


Cute clothes, useful toys, and practical essentials - what more could you want from your favorite local baby store? My Urban Toddler offers it all, and at great prices. This local baby boutique in Ann Arbor is beloved by many for its variety and amazing staff.


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Before Baby Arrives, Don’t Forget…

Take some time for YOU. As someone with firsthand experience, it can be hard to find the time to remember that you’re an actual person once the baby gets here. You’ll love how much of your life they take up becuase the room in your heart only gets bigger and bigger. But this is the perfect time to celebrate your journey and the amazing thing your body is doing. There are so many ways to do that, but have you considered a pampered maternity photoshoot? All my moms are welcomed with love, care, snacks, and patience. We create beautiful art together, and you get taken care of by me and my team. I know you’re not one to really treat yourself, but there’s a divine miracle happening in you and it’s right to honor that.

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