My lovely neighbour has just had a baby girl. She already has a daughter who is the same age as DD. I want to give her daughter a small present - nothing too extravagant but something lovely nonetheless. A while ago I bought some things in the sales for such eventualities (many friends in the UK were having babies and French clothes are always gratefully received there) and still have a small "cashmere" (ie 95% cotton, 5% cashmere) cardigan from Monoprix. Is this acceptable or should I find something posher? <y neighbour is not posh but I wouldn't want to give her something equivalent to the Tesco Value range IYSWIM. If not this then can you suggest something? I live in a small town so there is not much choice. Maybe I should avoid clothes altogether and go for a comforter or little toy?
Monoprix children's clothing is very chic indeed among Parisian yummy mummies who make something of a show about demonstrating quiet, tasteful restraint in their manner of bringing up their offspring. The anti-designer logo sort of maman will chat about Monoprix's new Autumn range at a park picnic, for example.
Fine to give Monoprix clothing, for a baby, if it's nice quality, and it sounds as if it is.
I always used to find Monoprix baby clothes went down well, even amongst my better off friends (the ones who generally dressed their children in Catimini for everyday and Ralph Lauren for parties...). Must admit, I'm a fan of DPAM as they always fit DD if I buy one size up from her age - otherwise by the time the trousers are long enough the waists are too big. She has lovely long legs. I'm jealous as it comes from DH and not from me!
Thank you all very much indeed ladies. I am now tempted to venture into Paris to find a selection of everything you suggest, for DD if nobody else. There is a Tout Compte Fait in my town so I will try here tomorrow for starters. Also the sister shop to Sargent Major, I forget what it is called.
(I didn't make it clear in my OP, but your answers have made me see that one of my concerns about the Monoprix cardigan was that, had I been quite pregnant at the time of the sales, I would have snapped up everything locally available cheaply then, and would therefore appreciate something specially bought now.)
Generally speaking, aren't French childrens' clothes lovely (Monoprix socks aside - totally agree there :-)?