Thursday, May 04, 2006

Question for you mothers out there...

What is the one thing (or two, or three, or four...) you can't / couldn't live without with your first child? I need to buy a gift and I'm a little lost in France. Back home, I know Onesies and Boppies are pretty popular with mothers, and I figure I can probably find equivalents here. What were good, useful gifts you received that you really appreciated?

For you French moms, what are good brands that you like? I'm looking for a reasonable trade-off between quality and price. Today I asked my adult students about it, thinking it would be a quick warm-up, but ended up having quite a discussion about it. People recommended Tout Compte Fait, Natalys, and Petit Bateau, but said that Petit Bateau is a little pricey for something infants will grow out of so quickly.

Thanks for any advice you can give!

7 comments:

janet said...

Catimini is exactly what you are looking for

Doc said...

Does said person have a liste de naissance? That'd be a good place to start-finding something they've already picked out. If not, the most useful thing I've received is a gigoteuse (or tourbulette—same thing) which is basically a bag you strap your kid in to sleep (though an évolutive one is best--and can get pricey). If you do end up getting clothes, try to get something size 9 or 12 months, or even bigger. It seems EVERYONE buys 6 mos., so something for later on would probably be appreciated.
I've always had good luck chez Aubert and Natalys.

Pardon My French said...

Thanks for all the advice, Janet and Doc! There isn't a liste de naissance so I'm trying to figure out where to start. The mom-to-be is also somewhat new here but seems to be on top of things...I'll check about a gigoteuse. I know they don't have a lot of clothes yet so I'll keep that in mind about the bigger sizes. Thanks again!

Kim/Thomas said...

I couldn't live without the diaper wipe warmer, well that may be an exaggeration, but I felt so much better by not freezing that little bumbum!

btw, just so happens pickles was working on his post today! check it out, and make sure you leave a comment for him, so he is inspired to keep writing,. thats kinda why he stopped, he said, no one is realy interested in what I'm saying...so your comment on mine, I read that to him, and he got right on it..(you know the "fans" were calling ;)

Léons Life said...

The things I couldn’t live without where already bought in preparation for Leon's birth, by me (Bottle warmer, sleeping bag etc…)

I'd go for cloths from 9-12 months. I had tons of baby cloths 3-6 months (far too many) and nothing for when he was bigger.

For really cute and cheap baby cloths try "DPAM Bébe". Buy something a little special, something that a Mum wouldn't necessarily buy, as we all love dressing up our children when they are small.

Here is the link to DPAM:

http://www.dpam.fr/

Pardon My French said...

Thanks, you two! Everyone's been helpful and I really appreciate it.

lee said...

Daipers...not a very hip gift I suppose, but a very practical one. I silently thanked the person who gifted me with overstock of various sized daipers. Saved me from going to the store! Unfortunately, the little buggers use them up!