Walk into my house on any given day and you'll be bombarded with toys. My 15-month-old's “stuff” is not only in her playroom but also in our living room, her bedroom and even in the backyard. We've started putting away her infant toys that she no longer plays with, but that only makes more room for the barrage of toddler products that are slowly taking over our house.
My daughter isn't the only one with a lot of “things” at such an early age. I recently stumbled upon research from Bundle.com which set out to find the cities that spoil their children the most. They examined the spending by hundreds of thousands of households with children at stores that sell toys, clothing and other services for babies, children and teens, and determined the average spent by these households over the past three years. Then they ranked the cities based on the percentage spent above or below the U.S. average.
Which city is first? It should come to no surprise that Manhattan topped the list with parents spending nearly double the U.S. average. A million-dollar baby is nothing out of the ordinary, considering Beyoncé and Jay-Z purchased a $3,500 crib. Plus, Manhattan is home to the flagship FAO Schwarz, every child's dream come true.
A neighboring borough, Brooklyn, came in second, with Miami, Fla., ranked third and Minneapolis, Minn., fourth, with parents spending nearly 50 percent more on their kids than the national average.
Nashville, Tenn. represented the national average in spending while, Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Madison fell well below average.