Jun 09, 2006
Hi Lucky bee,
How old is your baby? I have a 2 year old boy and I am about to give birth to a little girl. For the toddler, there are many things, although some brands like Petit Bateau are hard to find and the selection is poor. I also miss H&M everyday clothes. There is Gap here, but again, the variety is extremely limited and it only comes from 3-6 months onwards, which brings me to my next point...
For newborns it's quite a nightmare to find some nice stuff! For some strange reason a lot of baby shops only store clothes from 3 months onwards...so I don't know whether babies are kept naked for the first 3 months or what! I mean, you do get to find a few things like in Mothercare, but I was fairly disappointed and had to get things from the UK.
Regarding buggies, strollers and prams, the selection is not very good. Thankfully, someone told me about it in this forum and I bought my new tandem pram in the UK. I would strongly advise you to get yours in the US. Brands like Bugaboo and Phil& Ted are not available (although I saw in the Mothercare catalogue that they will offer P&T, but who knows when and at which prices)
That's another thing, you might be able to find some stuff, but the markup is quite high. For instance, the new Avent IQ Breast Pump, which costs £85 in the UK, after chasing it up for months (only a few shops are storing it) I had to pay more than £100 to get it. Other Avent products are readily available (except a very nice cream called Magic Cream, as I haven't been able to find it).
Another thing I would buy abroad are nappy sacks, only Spinney's (a local supermarket) sales them, they are not available all the time and are so much more expensive than in the UK (and I am sure than in the US too).
Formula. Imported one is quite expensive. I did manage to find Hipp Organic, only in Ibn Batuta Mall, in Geant. I have heard some friends complaining about the prices of SMA gold and other brands. Of course you won't be able to bring all the Formula you need, but if your baby is used to a certain brand, try to bring some tins.
Now, for the things and brands you do get here: Osh Kosh, Mothercare (UK), Okaidi (French), Gocco (Spanish and lovely, especially for girls)a local shop called Babyshop (I particularly don't like it a all, very naff things, but according to some people you can get some nice basic stuff...I will have to take their words!) and some other smaller shops like Orchestra (French), A to Z (Thai), Tape a l'oeil (French) etc.
I hope this is useful and good luck!
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