Ooh la la! A Singaporean mama based in France reports on the cutest baby trends… and where to find them in Singapore
Pregnant Singaporean mama-to-be Wee Ling Soh recently wrote to us to report on what’s hot for babies in one of the world’s style capitals. Whether you want a bit of French flair for your bébé or simply want to ogle some super cute baby products, read on for inspo, mama…
Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I have to admit I’ve been keeping my eye out for baby strollers on the streets in Paris, and the one that keeps popping up has got to be the Babyzen Yoyo+. The French brand has come a long way since it was created in 2009, with the Yoyo+ winning the hearts of parents across cities where public transport and small apartments are an inevitable way of life. It is compact and weighs about 6.5 kg. Furthermore, it can be unfolded with one hand and be taken onboard a plane as hand luggage.
From S$319. Check www.babyzen.com for a list of authorised retailers in Singapore.
You might not have heard of Vulli, a French toymaker based in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France, but you must have come across their most popular product, Sophie la Girafe, which has been all the fad last couple of years. Ever since she was first introduced in 1961, more than 50 million Sophies have been sold to date! So it was no surprise that even my husband remembers having one when he was little. What’s not to love: The squeaky teether is made of 100% natural rubber and is still produced in France today using a secret process involving more than 14 manual steps.
S$39.90 at Mothercare
I’ve almost given up trying to find a hanging mobile for the nursery that is not an explosion of clunky plastic bits in all shades of the rainbow until I came across Volta, a young Parisian brand of decorative mobiles launched in September 2015 by Otxo Amade and Mario Conti. The duo from Bayonne had been frustrated with not finding the mobile of their dreams and so decided to create their own. Taking inspiration from the 1950s, abstract art and Scandinavian design, the mobiles are handmade in small batches in France. At the moment, I’m having a hard time deciding between the Mobile Suspendu Cosmo and the Somnambule Noir.
Available online at www.volta.paris
Ask any French person you know and chances are, he or she had worn clothing from Petit Bateau as a child. The brand even got Karl Lagerfeld’s bejewelled stamp of approval when he dressed Claudia Schiffer in a Petit Bateau children’s t-shirt under a Chanel suit in 1994, causing the iconic children’s white t-shirt to take the fashion scene by storm overnight. For a brand that has been around for 123 years, they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to affordable and quality cotton wear. You can’t go wrong with their classic infant bodysuits, children’s underwear and nautical tops in breathable cotton that is perfect for Singapore’s all-year summer.
Available at Petit Bateau Singapore stores or online at www.petit-bateau.sg
Beyond the big players in the sneaker world, there is one French brand that is quietly revolutionising the business, proving that it is possible to stay relevant in fashion and remain ethical at the same time. Started by Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillon in 2004, Veja works with co-operatives of organic cotton farmers and wild rubber tappers in Brazil. The brand is focused on fair trade and sustainable practices at every stage down the supply chain, choosing instead not to accumulate inventory or spend on advertising. Their timeless Esplar range also comes in kids’ sizes with convenient velcro strap closures for little hands. Can we say twinning and winning?