A Singaporean mama based in Paris lets you know where to find the chicest French baby brands in Singapore
Late last year Singaporean mama-to-be Wee Ling Soh, who’s based in Paris, told us about the chicest French baby brands on the market. Since welcoming her new baby last November, she’s discovered a few more fab brands to share. Check out our gallery for her top picks, mama, including where you can score these cool products in Singapore!
Now that I’ve been a rookie mama for nearly eight months (how time flies!), I guess it might be a good time to introduce a few more French brands for babies and kids, some of which I’m discovering are really hard not to develop a soft spot for. I’m definitely lucky to be in France where there’s no shortage of both tried-and-tested baby brands with a long history and newer trendy ones. That said, I’m probably guilty of using baby product research as a means of distracting myself from the boring routines and bigger challenges of motherhood but that’s probably another story for another post.
Avène needs no introduction. Its thermal spring water has been a lifesaver on many of my backpacking trips and even once when I had a bout of mystery rash on my legs. So it’s no surprise that I turned to Avène to see if they had a gentle hypoallergenic range for babies. Today I swear by Avène’s Pédiatril cleansing gel and moisturizing cream for my little one. Both are fragrance-free and what’s more, the cleansing gel is great for hair too so I don’t have to bother with another bottle in my tiny bathroom.
Find it at: www.caretobeauty.com (free shipping to Singapore on orders over $152)
Whether you love it or hate it, every mom with a baby starting solids would have heard of BEABA’s Babycook food processor that’s been around for almost 30 years. Rookie moms would most definitely appreciate the convenience of defrosting, steaming, blending and reheating functions in one easy-to-clean machine. Even if you are, like me, trying not to accumulate single-purpose kitchen devices, their bath products and multi-portion freezer trays are still worth a look.
Find it at: Most baby stores in Singapore, including Mothercare and Motherswork.
If you are in the market for the best children’s clothes money can buy that is not just a money-making subset of adult designer clothing labels, look no further than Bonpoint, the luxury French childrenswear brand founded in 1975. While achieving that French je ne sais quoi certainly does not require dressing from top to toe in Bonpoint, who can resist a few of their timeless investment pieces with signature smocking and embroidery? We guarantee Bonpoint’s emphasis on craftsmanship will be apparent in how their clothing will last beyond just a few wears.
Find it at: #B1-61 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972 and #02-11/12/13 Forum The Shopping Mall, 538 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884
Since 1947, the Guille family has been making slipper-socks in Briatexte, a small village in southwestern France so they must be doing something right. Breathable socks that come with flexible, non-slip soles might look bizarre at first but hey, they are probably the perfect solution for babies who are learning to walk. Collégien’s comfortable slipper socks come in a mind-boggling variety of cute designs. I’m currently torn between Le marin and Sparkling lines. What’s even better: They are machine-washable too!
Available online at collegien-shop.com or at Small Singapore, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-08 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
The brainchild of Parisian graphic designers Elvire Laurent & Marie-Cerise Lichtlé, OMY is redefining collaborative design with giant coloring posters for the whole family that can be hung on the wall or used as a tablecloth while the posters are being customized. Also available in the form of placemats, OMY’s country and city maps with intricate details are perfect in letting children explore and express their creativity. I’m already tempted to get a few of their pocket games and coloring sets for the day I need to keep my child occupied on long-haul flights.
Find it at: www.omy-maison.com