NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Your baby doesn't care what city has the best pizza, beer or tourist amenities for your money. He or she just wants to be safe and kept alive.When you're entertained by jangling keys, the number of available entertainment options matters less than the doctors checking your development and diagnosing your illnesses and your town's ability to keep people from stealing your parents' stuff or you. Though living in a city affordable enough to keep a baby's parents solvent is also important, the basic items that make cities great for babies and parents alike don't really change.
We consulted with the folks at Parents and Fit Pregnancy magazines and looked at cities with the best prenatal and infant health care, safety records, child care and average housing prices to find the best cities for babies in the U.S. With their help, we've put together a list of the 10 best cities for babies in the country. Whether your baby is in an umbrella stroller or a $1,000-plus Strolling Utility Vehicle, these cities will make sure he or she gets the best environment available before reaching school age:
Minneapolis also has the second-highest number of licensed home day care centers of any city in our survey.