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A one-stop shop

If new-age parenting is what you believe in, Baby Shop provides you the perfect opportunity to give your child the very best


Parenting is a mixed bag. Easing the travails of the parenting process, to a certain extent, is what Baby Shop, on the Pattom-Kuravankonam, sets out to do.

This one-stop shop is large (there is space enough for kids to do some running around provided they do not send things flying), organised and has adequate parking space. The store stocks almost everything your newborn may need in the next few years, be it rattles or bibs, candy dolls or GI Joes, books or CDs. If you have a newborn, Baby Shop is the place to visit. Browsing through the shelves gives you a fair idea of what all you can be in need of, be it wet wipes for your child, tongs to pick up the sterilised feeding bottles or bouncers to protect your child from bumping against the side of his cradle.

Baby accessories

Other baby accessories such as safety pins, booties and mittens, flannel, baby beds, feeder bags, prams, cradles, high chairs, baby carriers, baby seats are all available under the same roof. There is even a section for footwear. Here, you can pick up footwear for children up to the age of three. If you want to tabulate the progress your child has been making over the months, pick up the cute record books that Baby Shop has. Or if you want to preserve the precious moments spent with your child for posterity, the albums here will do the trick.

Fancy stuff

Baby Shop also has a lot of stuff for children about to join regular school. Fancy stuff like tables and chairs made of moulded plastic wherein the tabletop serves as a blackboard is also available here. This seems a good way to prevent the walls of your home from becoming the canvas of your child's artistic skills. Games such as building blocks, puzzles, toy cars of all shapes and sizes, books on nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, fairy tales, colouring, and crafts can also be found here.

If shopping without kids tugging at your sleeves is what you dream of, the large-size TV in the store comes as an answer to your prayers. You can shop in peace, while the children are engrossed in the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. But if you are one of those parents who believe in letting their child make their own choices, the low shelves facilitate even this.

Older kids have a host of games to choose from - ludo, snakes and ladders, Scrabble and Monopoly from Mattel toys, Funskool's Krafttime series, Barbie dolls, bowling and golf kits and what not. Books that can be found here include those that familiarise children with computer programming and the Nobel laureates of India. CDs for children range from Simon and Schuster's New Millennium Encyclopedia of Science to those that promise to make arithmetic fun. Accessories such as lunch boxes, pencil boxes, pen holders, and paper clips are also there.

So, if new-age parenting is what you believe in, Baby Shop provides you that perfect opportunity to give your child the very best.

R. K. R.

Photo: S. Gopakumar

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