My family happens to live at the nexus of children’s boutiques, a paradise of typically Parisian kidswear—velvet collars, fancy shirts, cashmere ensembles—in the Seventh Arrondissement. I simply can’t stop shopping for my eight-month-old son. Molli boasts beautiful hand-knitted baby outfits, L’Oiseau de Paradis (211 Bd. St.-Germain; 33-1/45-48-97-90; loiseaudeparadis.fr) for traditional toys, and Marie Laure (62 Rue du Bac; 33-1/45-44-05-50. Molli 252 Bd. St.-Germain, 33-1/42-22-90-90; molli.com) for hand-embroidered christening gowns. None of the area’s five Bonpoint (67 Rue de l’Université; 33-1/45-55-63-70; bonpoint.com) outposts—one for girls, another for boys, one just for shoes, and so on—is inexpensive, but the clothes are always the right mix of muted colors, classic materials, and a splash of French gaiety. Around the corner, Jacadi (256 Bd. St.-Germain; 33-1/42-84-30-40; jacadi.com) provides just as much Paris chic (clothes, accessories, and linens) but at more accessible prices, and Petit Bateau (186 Rue de Grenelle; 33-1/47-05-18-51; petit-bateau.com) remains a classic for pajamas and underclothes. Baudou (7 Rue de Solférino; 33-1/45-55-42-79) has a small selection of excellent furniture, and, finally, there are the marvelous frilly clothes at Tartine et Chocolat (266 Bd. St.-Germain; 33-1/45-56-10-45; tartine-et-chocolat.fr)—perfect for anyone willing to brave the shop’s terribly snooty salesladies.
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