Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0604).
One of the most diverse ranges of products in the city, this one-stop shop for toys, clothes and accessories is tough to beat. Especially their prices.
Best for: All the essentials, from car seats and crib sets, through to bottles, sterilizers and baby blankets. Don’t miss the extensive range of baby and kids’ clothing, either, which are great value, fairly hardwearing and on-trend.
Open daily Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai Festival Centre (04 206 6564).
The huge flagship Festival City store dwarfs the competition, stocking an unrivalled range of toys, games, sporting goods, electronics, software, baby products, children’s apparel and furniture – as the ad goes – all under one roof.
Best for: The latest must-have toys and games, as soon as they arrive on our shores. As well as famous brands like Barbie and Ben 10 in the main store, the Babies R Us section has useful home items such as safety gates, pushchairs and cribs – great for new parents.
Open Sun-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 2pm-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm Sheikh Zayed Road, near Safa exit, www.justkidding-me.com (04 346 6050). Other locations: Gold and Diamond Park (04 341 3922).
A must for modern parents, stocking a vast range of internationally acclaimed, high quality products for babies and mums-to-be. JustKidding offers excellent advice, as well as a gift registry service.
Best for: High end and designer baby gear that you won’t find elsewhere in the UAE. They’re the official stockist for trendsetting brands Stokke and Bugaboo, and you’ll also find a good range of kids’ fashion, nursery essentials, quirky interiors items and maternity wear.
Open Sun-Wed10am-10pm. Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5921). Other locations: BurJuman (04 352 8916); Deira City Centre (04 295 2543); Lamcy Plaza (04 334 0742); Spinneys Jumeirah One (04 349 4019); Spinneys Jumeirah Two (04 394 0228); Mall of the Emirates (04 340 7575); The Dubai Mall (04 339 9812).
With its expert advice, Mothercare is reassuringly economical and stocks everything from car seats and sterilising kits to kids’ clothes, maternity wear and toys. A veritable superstore.
Best for: Long-lasting, but gorgeous kids fashion, that will see them from newborn to near-tweens. The larger stores also stock a range of nursery furniture, maternity essentials, pushchairs and car seats, and all items can be ordered through the in-store catalogue.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Dubai Mall (04 339 9481). Other locations: Mercato Mall (04 344 0981); Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888); Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7807); Mirdif City Centre (04 283 9523); Dubai Outlet Mall (04 425 5978).
The latest fashion trends for mums-to-be and babies at this upmarket UK store.
Best for: Their cute hampers are a great idea for baby shower gifts. While on the pricier side, the clothing and accessories for mums and bubs are well-made, fashionable and hard-wearing.
www.sandypants.com (050 774 3394).
Top quality and beautifully designed selection of kids toys for indoors and outdoors, plus trendy clothes and party items.
Best for: Quirky toys and accessories that you might not find elsewhere. Their traditional toys from European brands such as Moulin Roty, Kiddimoto and Plan Toys are a big hit with mums and kids.
www.mumzworld.com (04 449 3150).
Online portal that is home to a vast range of kids items, from fashion and toys, to essential baby equipment and baby proofing devices.
Best for: Time-starved or web-savvy parents who want to get all of their kids items online, in one place at the same time. If you’re looking to buy something child-related, it’s highly unlikely you won’t find it here (and they’ll try to source it for you if you can’t).
Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-1am; Sat 10am-midnight The Dubai Mall.
More than 100,000 toys, gifts and gadgets including much-loved brands, beautifully crafted wooden toys and quirky treasures – all bearing the Hamleys stamp of creativity, fun, quality and safety.
Best for: Quantity and quality – whether you’re buying a gift, or treating your own kids, you’ll be completely spoiled for choice.
Open Sat-Thu 8am-6pm, Behind Times Square Centre, Street 19, Al Quoz, www.kidzincdubai.com (04 329 5775).
A delightful store is packed with top quality, educational and innovative toys, including German brand Haba and Danish bike and trike-maker Winther.
Best for: Selling top quality kids brands, for toys, accessories and home items, Kidzinc also offers a useful interior design service, to help you transform their living space into a kiddy haven.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4177). Other locations: Al Ghurair Centre (04 228 1873); BurJuman Centre (04 359 7709); Deira City Centre (04 295 1548); Jumeirah 1 (04 344 8463); Mercato Mall (04 344 8463); Souq Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6519); Spinney's Umm Suqiem (04 394 1204); Wafi Mall (04 324 2730).
This UK import stocks a large range of age-appropriate kids’ toys (from newborn up), all designed to help them explore the boundaries of their imaginations and creativity.
Best for: With plenty of locations around Dubai, it’s ultra-convenient for picking up that last minute present, and they’ll giftwrap them too.