If you’re just about to make the move to Singapore, you may be wondering what children’s gear you should stack your container with. The answer: not much, dear friends. Singers has it all on the baby and child paraphernalia front, though you may need to pay a small premium this side as most of it will be imported.
So what are the names you should bookmark? From international brands at shopping centres like Paragon, Great World City and VivoCity to smaller boutiques at Forum and Tanglin Mall, and heaps of specialised stores and websites, we’ve scoured the market to bring you our round up of the best children’s shops on the island!
Best shops for children’s furniture and accessories
7 Joo Chiat Place
Bunk beds, loft beds, sleigh beds and trundles, cots and wardrobes, Ni-Night’s fabulous furniture pieces are what every mama has ever imagined for their little one’s bedroom. Made from solid hardwood and to international standards, it’s all uber-cool. Designed by an Australian with some gorgeous Australian bed linen to top it all off.
Whether your rugrat has got their heart set on a princess-style four-poster or a fire engine bed, you’ll find it at Piccolo House. And prepare yourself to get a little giddy with excitement over the accessories range – bean bags, wall decals, bunting, pinboards…
Best shops for toys
The Children’s Showcase
Cluny Court, Tanglin Mall and Pasarbella, Turf City
Scouring Singapore for a wooden doll house? Janod’s Mademoiselle number from The Children’s Showcase gets our vote. Kiddos can drool over brands like Maileg, Egmont and Plus Plus, while Mum tops up the emergency gift stash with old-school classics such as bags of marbles and magnifying glasses. The clothing and interiors range isn’t to be sniffed at either.
The Better Toy Store
Tanglin Mall and Takashimaya
Be warned – you’ll want to chuck out the contents of your child’s toy box and replace it all with quality wooden pieces after browsing around this popular store. Shop for award-winning toys that are environment-friendly, with 100% organic toys for babies, from brands like Plan, Djeco and Haba. We love their water play toys from AquaPlay, too.
Best shops for children’s clothing, shoes and swimwear
Tanglin Mall and Great World City
Stylish shoe shopping for junior, with brands like Richter, Kavat and Pediped, plus a range of school kicks, with the obligatory pair of nostalgia-inducing Mary-Jane’s thrown in for good measure!
And the best places for all the rest of the things kids really, really want…
United Square, Wisma Atria, Tanglin Mall, Nex and Somerset
Stock your child’s pencil case with the coolest stationary around. Colourful, fun and fashion-forward, Smiggle gets it just right.
White and Black Trading
As the official Micro distributor in Singapore, White & Black Trading’s range of scooters (above), accessories and spare parts are a lifesaver for busy Mums and Dads. Order online and they’ll dispatch within 48 hours. They also stock Crazy Catch, Penny Skateboard, ZFlex and Mookie products such as Swingball.
Want more? See our kids section!