Best Nanny/Babysitting Services
OC Nannies & Newport Domestics
5 Year Winner
This domestic placement service helps caregiver-seeking families find their perfect match. OC Nannies screens and interviews candidates to ensure their suitability before placing them with families.
ocnannies.com | Newport Beach
Best Birthing Center
4 Year Winner
Hoag’s state-of-the art facilities include a seven-bed antepartum unit for women who require hospitalization before labor, in addition to 18 fully-equipped labor, delivery and recovery suites. Hoag is the birthplace of nearly 200,000 babies and counting.
hoag.org | Irvine, Newport Beach
Best Nail/Waxing Salon
6 Year Winner
This popular salon has made a name for itself with affordable prices and excellent service. Aside from the usual manicure and pedicure services, Happy Nails also offers skin care and hair removal services.
happynails.com | Locations throughout OC
Best Bargain Shopping Center
Outlets at San Clemente
Plenty of bargains are to be found at this coastal plaza, where more than 55 stores and restaurants are now open. Stores include Sketchers, Vans, Carters’s and Nike Factory.
outletsatsanclemente.com | San Clemente
Best Family Photographer
Ana Brandt Photography
2 Year Winner
Though we didn’t get to vote ourselves, we are thrilled that Parenting OC readers agree that our cover photographer, this talented and world renowned family photographer who specializes in breathtaking maternity and infant images, gets the top nod. (We’ve seen her in action, she is the ultimate baby whisperer.)
bellybabylove.com | Tustin
Best Workout Gym
Renaissance Club Sport
3 Year Winner
It has a resort-style aquatic center, numerous sports courts and an on-site spa and market. Members can pay extra for personal training, or participate in some of the 120 group fitness classes held each week. Fitness and recreational classes are available for kids, too.
renaissanceclubsport.com | Aliso Viejo
Best Independent Children’s Clothes
There’s no better place to find high-quality kids clothes’ at a bargain. Children’s Orchard frequently offers specials to help shoppers get more bang for their buck.
Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Cypress, Fountain Valley
Best Mall/Shopping Center
South Coast Plaza
Its 250-store directory includes high end boutiques such as Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton. There are plenty of options for those of us with more modest budgets, too. And if all that shopping makes you hungry, you can choose from more than 30 different places to eat.
southcoastplaza.com | Costa Mesa
Best Girlfriend Shopping Day
Moms can nab bag-loads of stylish finds at this retail hub, which has 191,000 square feet of shopping space. When they’re ready to rest, they can lounge in the mall’s outdoor environment, which has cozy lounges and beautiful indigenous landscaping.
gopacificcity.com | Huntington Beach
Best Independent Bookstore
Once Upon a Storybook
This whimsical bookstore offers weekly storytimes, author signings, crafts and parties. It’s also a great place to host a birthday party, baby shower or other special occasion.
onceuponastorybook.us | Tustin
Best Independent Toy Store
Knock Knock Toys Seal Beach
This independent toy store sells hand-picked toys from across the world. It offers top-notch customer service, free gift wrapping on purchases of $10 or more, and toys that are sure to spark a child’s creativity.
knockknocktoystore.com | Seal Beach
Best Mommy & Me Class
Carefully-constructed programs help babies become more mobile and simulated through dance, song, exercise and play. Each parent-baby relationship need is nurtured based on individual needs.
mygym.com/yorbalinda | Yorba Linda