thanks for all the info everyone!
before i forget, in response to the question, i'm in the ariege (did have it in info bit but it seems to have fallen off!)
after spending lots of hours searching the web..... the latest thinking is to buy one online from john lewis and get a lovely friend to bring it over from england with them when they visit us in a couple of weeks time.
there's one just like we're looking for (plain and simple - no teddy bears/frills/bows) and it's only £30. couldn't find any cheaper than about 100 euros in france..... and they're not half as nice!!
next post: nappies!