One of the most popular questions that friends and family ask me is “can you get baby stuff in India”, at first this is what I thought too. I guess I hadn’t opened my eyes to what was available. Yes is the answer. There are plenty of place to buy baby essentials, baby clothes, baby accessories, nursery items and much more. Check back here regularly as I will update it as and when I find new places:
1. MOM & ME
These shops are all over Mumbai, the nearest one to Bandra-ites is on Waterfield Road. This particular store houses everything from maternity wear to baby essentials (baby grows, towels, nappies, muslins etc), to mum essentials (creams, pads, pumps etc) to heavy duty baby goods like prams, cots & car seats. Spread across three floors with exceptionally helpful staff you should be able to find most of what you need.
Mothercare is mostly found inside Shoppers Stop department stores in Mumbai and these are situated all over. There is one on Linking Road in Bandra, in Juhu, Andheri, Powai and down South. Each Mothercare carries different items, for instance not all of them do maternity wear (best to go to Juhu for this). Linking Road is great for changing mats, pumps, basic clothes, baths etc. Juhu and R-City (Powai) are great for car seats, prams, cots etc. You can call them up and ask which store houses the particular items you are looking for.
3. GOOD EARTH
Everyone’s favourite shop, I’m sure. Believe it or not Good Earth near Palladium has an upstairs room dedicated to creating the most beautiful nursery. We bought a lovely white wooden chest of drawers with three wicker baskets from there. The items are not cheap, there’s no denying that, but it you want to splash out, this is the place to come.
http://www.goodearth.in/ // +91 22 2495 1954
4. HOPPING BUNNIES
Hopping Bunnies is an on-line network of mums in the city. You can pay Rs3,000 per annum to be a member and this grants you access to their facebook site and the ‘groups’ – Mum’s will send around items that they are looking to purchase or looking to sell and you can respond accordingly. This is a great way of getting some second hand cheaper items. Furthermore HB organise play dates and coffee mornings for different age groups in different areas of the city. They will also arrange events for kids and families around the main festivals throughout the year.
5. THE SHOP
The Shop on Ambedkar Road in Pali (just opposite Pali Village Cafe) has some beautiful pieces for new parents. Their clothes are very Indian, so would make a great gift for overseas friends with children. They also have a few pieces of dark wooden furniture, perfect for nurseries and bedrooms. Their rocking cot is especially grand and beautiful. Perhaps not hugely practical and pretty expensive too, but very lovely!
6. ON-LINE SHOPPING
I’m sure you have already done a quick search of all the on-line shops available. I have not availed of any of their services so I can not comment on whether or not they are good value or not, but is a list that might be of interest to you:
6a) Babyoye.com (http://www.babyoye.com/)
Everything you could wish for – feeding, changing, bathing, clothing, maternity, toys, clothes. Cash on delivery and free shipping on orders over Rs500
6b) Hopscotch (http://www.hopscotch.in/boutique)
An online shop offering you access to many different boutique brands from across the world including Ralph Lauren, Juicy Couture etc. They do only maternity wear and children’s wear from 0-5+ Well worth a look for all you yummy mummies.
6c) OLX (http://www.olx.in/for-babies-infants-cat-365)
A second hand online shop, similar to eBay, OLX provides you with an opportunity to look for second hand or used items in your area. The only problem with this is that you are unable to know the quality of the product before buying. Perhaps arrange a visit first.
Keep checking back here regularly as I update the site. Also check out my Maternity section as there are many other place to buy maternity clothes.