18 months, and an adorable Strawberry Sunsuit

Misha and PUff strawberry sunsuit on Marlow

Misha and Puff strawberry sunsuit

I just received this edible little sunsuit for Marlow after pre-ordering it months and months ago, and I am in love!! (both with the baby and the sunsuit).  Oooh 18 months is my most favourite age — I have always said so. They are still squishy babies, still so snuggly and needy at times, but then so wonderfully independent and determined. And they learn and advance so quickly at this age – Marlow is talking up a storm and impressing us every day with her new words, and even singing lines of ‘Frozen’ songs! So funny.

marlow and mama

And while she is adventurous and wild at times, she is still so sensitive. She’ll ask to ‘walk, walk’ when I’m holding her, and then two minutes later she’ll hear an airplane (a noise that scares her) and she’ll be back in my arms with her little head resting in my neck. Oh, I could just eat her up. Especially in that Strawberry Sunsuit from Misha and Puff. Delicious!

xx Courtney

Marlow’s favourite books (great for ages 0-3)

brown bear
marlow reading brown bear, brown bear
I thought it could be fun (and hopefully helpful) to post the favourite books of each of my children.  Not the books I think are the best — the ones with the pretty illustrations or the beautiful classics we all grew up with — but the ones that really appeal to my children, the books they ask for time and time again. Sharing each of my children’s favourites will hopefully help define an appropriate age range for each book.

I’ll go in order from youngest to oldest, so let’s start with Marlow (aged 18 months)! Her favourite books are quite typical ones, the books my other children also liked at this age. Her attention span is short, so she likes books with little text that engage her with lift-the-flap features and vibrant colours, or most importantly, books with animals (we like to make animal sounds as we read!).

We’ve been reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear lately (my copy from when I was her age!) and it’s a good one for teaching colours (and animals). This was my favourite book when I was little, and it’s been so fun for me to read it to all of my kids. Here are six of her other favourites (which I think would appeal to children aged 0 to 3):

marlow's favourite books copy

1. The Very Busy Spider : Another Eric Carle favourite! A spider lands on a fence post in a farm yard and starts to spin a web. She is visited by all the farm animals, and Marlow loves making all the animal sounds.

2. Goodnight Moon : A magical bedtime favourite of all of my children at this age. I can read this book by heart! A must-buy for any young child.

3. I Am a Bunny : Marlow loves the little bunny named Nicholas, and when he goes into his tree at the end of the book to hibernate for the winter, she always says ‘shhhhhhh’ and pretends to also go to sleep.

4. Dear Zoo : Another favourite of all my children when they were this age. There are flaps to lift on every page to reveal different animals.

5. Where Is My Baby? : Another book with flaps to lift and animals hiding underneath. Plus, we love helping the mama animals find their babies.

6. My First ABC : This is a great book for teaching babies their words. We play the game where I ask her to point to all the things in the book, and I’m always surprised by how many words she knows.

What are your toddlers’ favourite books? Please share!

x Courtney

Floatsuits and sibling swimwear from Sunuva

I’m a big fan of the so called ‘floatsuits‘ for my littlest ones. Not only are they super cute to look at, but also, they have a built in buoyancy system which gives children a feeling of added security in the water. They are nearly impossible to take off by little ones themselves (at least, my kids are not able to do so), so if they wear them in and around the pool, it gives me an added feeling of security, too. (Of course, I still keep my eyes on them at all times!)

Sunuva does a sweet range of floatsuits, and as a bonus, they do matching siblings wear as well. Which I think is such a cute idea! When I got Casper a float suit for the summer, I couldn’t resist getting matching swim shorts for his big brother…

sunuva2

Last week I took Casper and Pim over to the swimming pool for a special brothers’ outing, and to test out their new matching Sunuva swimwear. At first, Casper wasn’t so sure about the whole thing. (But I thought he looked SO adorable in his floatie suit! I could eat him up!)

sunuva3 sunuva4

Pim, being the very sweet big brother he is, quickly made Casper feel more secure and convinced him to come in the pool with him…

sunva5 sunuva1 sunuva5

The moment Casper figured out that a swimming pool really is just a very big bath in which you can splish and splash unlimitedly, he started to lose his reservations and really got into this swimming thing. He also quickly discovered the added benefit of his swimsuit, which kept him floating, giving him enough confidence in the water to start moving around a bit. Sweet!

sunuva8 sunuva7 sunuva12

An added bonus of the Sunuva swim- and beachwear is that it’s made from UPF 50+ fabric, which blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. Not at all relevant in the indoor swimming pool I took the boys, but absolutely perfect for our upcoming summer holidays on the beach and around the pool (less than four weeks to go!). There are protective rash vests available as well, and to top it off, a lovely collection of summery fashion for both boys and girls, all perfect for beach and beyond…

sunuva9

xxx Esther

p.s. This post is sponsored by Sunuva, Kids UV Swimwear & Beachwear, a brand we highly respect and recommend, and one of the members of our shopping portal.

Le Carrousel de Paris

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetLast weekend, we spent entirely in our garden — there is just so much work to be done! We’ve been sewing seeds, weeding weeds, trimming trees… and the children were ever so helpful, collecting worms and snails and whatever else needed to be done. ; )

I took the opportunity to take a few quick snapshots of Ava wearing her sweet linen dress from the Parisian brand Le Carrousel. I love this dress — it’s just perfect for weekends, for parties or gardening alike!

Le Carrousel has a super sweet collection of classic French, stylish fashion. Cuts are very timeless and fabrics in sweet flowery patterns or fresh stripes make for a modern, simple silhouette. Sizes go up to age 10, and there’s an adorable baby collection too!

xxx Esther

 

 

Soor Ploom, adorable clothes for girls


I realise I’ve been posting more girl’s clothing than boy’s recently, and I promise to start paying more attention to boys!  But first, I just wanted to share a couple weekend photos of my girls in their sweet little outfits from Soor Ploom. This Brooklyn-based American label is one of my favourites for little girls – the pieces are so pretty in their simplicity, with easy-to-wear shapes and beautiful fabrics. I adore everything in the collection! Esther and I had the pleasure of meeting Marissa, the designer, when we were in NYC earlier this year, and she is lovely. You can read more about her label here and you can see a list of stockists here.

x Courtney

p.s. My girls are really starting to play together now and it’s so sweet! Marlow goes around the house all day saying Ivy’s name and following her around. They sleep in the same room and every morning I walk in to find Ivy in Marlow’s cot with her, and the look on Marlow’s face is pure pride. And when Ivy’s at school, she walks around pointing out Ivy’s shoes and Ivy’s dolls and Ivy’s toys, etc. So cute!  I was worried my girls wouldn’t be as close as my boys because of the bigger age gap between them, but hopefully (fingers crossed) their friendship will only strengthen as Marlow gets older.

Beautiful textiles and easy-to-wear pieces from Little Lelia

Little Lelia was started in 2013 by two sisters with a shared knowledge of design and a passion for beautiful textiles. Having grown up in Mexico, Spain and Germany, the sisters were influenced by this multicultural background, combining the vibrancy of a Latin lifestyle with the attention to detail typical of German design. I love stories like this! I’m always secretly jealous when sisters get to work together in this capacity. I wish my sister and I could do the same!

Their wonderful children’s line is all about beautiful, patterned textiles and easy-to-wear pieces. Beautiful but also pragmatic, designed to grow with your child and be suitable for every day play or for more special occasions.  I got the Moon Playsuit for Marlow and it’s so adorable (you can see a photo of Marlow and her chunky little legs here). I’m also impressed with the quality, which I suppose should come as no surprise, as all the pieces are handmade by discerning manufacturers in Germany.

x Courtney

The Littles, handmade accessories for little girls


I’ve recently discovered this sweet range of handmade hairclips and accessories from The Littles. I love the bright colours and beautiful materials like pompoms, leather and tulle, and I like that they are simple in design but bursting with fun! Also, they’re incredibly well made with leather lining around the clip to prevent slipping and extra thread to secure everything. Ivy has even slept in the hairclips and they’ve stayed in place and survived the pillow thrashing.

All hairclips are designed and made by hand in a little studio in Brooklyn, NY. Accessories designer, Kirsten Yadouga-Schwinn, created the range after searching for hairclips for her own daughter that were super cute and super cool… but not super embellished with little beads, sparkles and rhinestones. The result is a wonderful selection of bright and fun accessories which are non-toxic and safe for babies and children.

x Courtney

p.s. Ivy’s wearing one of the hairclips in the photo of her in yesterday’s Peanut Butter Cookie post.

Sweet yellow dresses from Ilovegorgeous

During our road trip from Las Vegas out to the Valley of Fire last week, we stopped along the way for a quick bathroom and diaper change break. The kids were excited to get out and stretch their legs, and they ran out to the road-side desert to pick some wildflowers. I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of the girls in their yellow dresses among all the pretty flowers!

The girls’ dresses are from Ilovegorgeous, which offers a large selection of clothes just for girls, including dresses for every party occasion (or, of course, for the occasional flower picking in the middle of the desert!).

Happy May Day everyone!
xx Courtney

Mabel Playsuit, the cutest thing ever!

Isn’t this Mabel Playsuit from Mabo Kids about the cutest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on?! There’s also a floral version which is equally sweet. Mabo Kids is one of my very favourite children’s brands, both for babies and bigger kids, and I am always happy with the pieces I get from them.

Anyway, I’m about to place an order and just thought I would share the cuteness with you. : )

xx Courtney

Louis le Sec, adorable and waterproof bed sheets

Sophie Remy, a mother of 3 children, developed Louis Le Sec — a classy range of bed linen that doesn’t only look adorable, but is also very functional. All children (and some longer than others), go through phases where nightly disasters are more likely to occur. During potty training, or when suffering from childhood illnesses, or simply when thirsty and helping themselves clumsily to a drink!

Louis Le Sec offers a waterproof, soundless and breathable protection that keeps your child’s bedding safe and dry and makes wet and dirty sheets easier to deal with. (And that’s a bonus in the middle of the night!) It is made from polyurethane, an organic molecule widely used in the medical world, which breathes, is elastic and extensible, absorbs liquids and also provides a cooling effect. It allows vapor molecules to pass but not large water molecules. So it is not only an extremely useful protection against liquids, but also a handy barrier against dust mites — perfect in case of allergies!

Colours and patterns of the bedding are really darling — unisex and simple, they would look lovely in any interior!

xxx Esther

PS Sophie is now offering and exclusive 15% discount for Babyccino Kids readers. Check here for details!

Bob & Blossom



Ivy’s 5th birthday is coming up and I’m hoping to create party invites with a photo of her wearing the cool number 5 tee from Bob & Blossom.  Aren’t those number tees so cute with the bright stripes and bold numbers?! Ivy is so excited to boast a big number five across her front.

Bob & Blossom specialises in cute cotton tees for babies and kids, all-in-one suits for babies, stripy cotton dresses for girls and a vibrant selection of tutus to add a bit of frill and flair! Their new collection is especially cheerful with the sunny yellow stripes and bunting designs.

x Courtney

Darling, luxurious blankets from Sture & Folke


Karin Stenmarck is a Swedish designer living in Switzerland, who makes her collection of Sture & Folke blankets entirely by hand, using only the most high quality materials like Liberty fabrics, cotton velvet and natural linen. Her blankets are really beautiful; they are the kind of baby product that you just love to keep around in your house — baby, or not! The toddler comforter has a wonderful, generous size (I use it as a lap blanket myself all the time), and the different little ribbons on the front are not only stylish decoration, they are also great for babies who love to play with them.

xxx Esther

Easter Picks from the Shan and Toad website

I had so much fun picking a few Easter favourites from the amazing Shan and Toad website. The new collections are just wonderful! There’s a perfect mix of trendy, classic and chic fashion available, and I love the great colours that Shana, the owner, selected this year.

1. Isn’t this little Denim Blue Vintage Dress just adorable?
2. Gorgeous Tunic with woven dots and mandarin collar. So handsome!
3. Darling Dotty Bibi Hairband, perfect to spruce up any outfit.
4. Super fresh, these Festa Lemon socks.
5. Got to love these leopard Mary-Janes!
6. Classic Skinny Jeans in an amazing colour.
7. Navy stripes never disappoint! Love this sweet Colombe top.
8. Cool Tricolour moccasins in summery colours.
9. Swoon! This Clémentine Navy Romper is just lovely — both for baby boys as girls!
10. Gorgelous green Otto baby booties.
11. On trend Festa Coral socks.

xxx Esther

My Favourite Things at Baby&Me Magazine

We’re really excited to announce a new partnership with Baby&Me magazine which has us contributing a little column in their magazine each month and rounding up a selection of cute products to fit our topic. Baby&Me is a super stylish, monthly glossy which keeps London parents updated on all the latest news, fashion, design and other interesting lifestyle topics. We are thrilled to be contributing each month and thought it would be fun to share our selection here with you as well.

In this month’s issue I wrote about getting out in our garden with the kids, sowing vegetable seeds and enjoying the onset of spring. I also rounded up some cute fruit & veg products I’m loving right now. Here they are:

You can read the digital version of this month’s issue here. You can also download the Baby&Me app from iTunes here. And lastly, you can now buy the magazine at newsagents around town.

I’m already excited for next month’s contribution! Stay tuned…

x Courtney

The intriguing techniques behind the fabulous fabrics of Macarons

Julie and Veit, the handsome couple behind German eco-brand Macarons, are some of the most detailed and dedicated founders of a children’s fashion brand we know. They go so much further than ‘simply’ creating a collection of very sweet clothes (although they do that too!). They actually keep their fingers on every aspect of the production process. First, they source only the best organic fibres from different places in the world, strictly according to the GOTS standards. Then, the rest of the production is entirely completed locally, in Germany and Austria — the spinning and dying of the yarn, the knitting and weaving process, the printing, boiling and cutting of the fabrics, to the sewing of the final product. All of this is done in impeccably managed, small family-run ateliers. This way, Julie and Veit truly know where all the materials for their garments come from (including tiny details like buttons and fasteners), how it was made, who made it, and where it was made. They can be sure that everything is free of chemicals, and that the production is completed with only the best work ethics for the staff.

The actual creation of the fabrics is something else. This is not just a matter of printing a lovely pattern on high quality, crisp and paper-like organic cotton (although they do that too!) — no, the way they create their fabrics is an extremely clever, innovative and technical process, and it results in the most beautiful three-dimensional patterns and structures. For instance, they create wonderfully soft fabrics by weaving two fabrics together at intervals. A bit like quilting, really. And after washing, the first fabric wrinkles into the other fabric, creating lovely ‘dunes’ on on side, and sweet fine dots on the other side. Another example: they combine two weaving techniques, resulting in a soft but strong seersucker cotton fabric that does not need to be ironed.

The design of the garments is also very well thought through — the way garments are cut, the way pleats suddenly reveal pockets or create special shapes, a button that is sewn on with a tread in a contrasting colour… The level of all of this is truly remarkable, and this is what really sets Macarons apart as a brand.

xxx Esther

Cosy Cashmere from La Petite V


Who doesn’t love the wonderful quality of cashmere? It’s soft, warm, natural, and because of the warmth regulating characteristics of the material, it’s just perfectly snug and comfortable —  both in winter and in summer. So we’re very happy with the discovery of the new Amsterdam based label La Petite V, which focusses entirely on gorgeously soft and cosy cashmere for babies.

I love the well thought through collection of products with which Vivien, the designer behind La Petite V, has launched her label. A hooded blanket (the perfect receiving blanket, just perfect for newborn babies). A scarf for mama that can be used to keep baby warm as well, or be used for breastfeeding. A sweet old-fashioned bonnet, and (my favourite), a darling hooded jumpsuit with clever openings that can be used in the carseat as well. Gorgeous!

xxx Esther

Mormor, gorgeous, hand-knit clothing

Mormor is a Danish company with a collection of hand knit products that I adore. The concept behind Mormor is wonderful: to pass on the knowledge and skills that many elderly women possess. Mormor currently has a team of over 130 women who are passionately knitting sweet and fashionable designs for a younger generation. I love this thought!

I often think that if I lived 100 years ago, the ability to knit, sew and embroider would not just be a hobby, it would be a necessity. If one couldn’t knit, one would freeze! Quilts and patchwork blankets were not just for decoration, they were meant to keep the family warm and cosy after the fire went out. And embroidery was used to label bedlinen and restore holes. I love that Nina, the creative owner of Mormor, explores these thoughts and skills and used them to set up her succesfull business.

Mormor designs are fashionable yet timeless. See above Ava wearing the darling Ivar cardigan, and Casper sporting sweater Dan. Pieces are designed in a way they can be worn for years (you can fold the sleeves the first year), and then passed on to siblings or friends. The materials used are 100% natural and of high quality, like alpaca and merino wool, and they are very strong and durable. But most of all, I love the fact that these items are all handmade by master knitters, who knit with love for this younger generation.

xxx Esther

FlatOut Bear

Everybody who knows Ava knows her ‘BearBear’ — the Flatout Bear she’s been inseparable from for the first three years of her life. Everywhere she went, BearBear went! It’s one well traveled bear, that BearBear… (We once nearly missed an airplane to Turkey because BearBear was left behind in the train station, and we had to go back to find it — traveling to Turkey without BearBear simply wasn’t an option!)

Flatout Bears are made in Australia out of 100% pure Australian sheepskin, which is shaped like a teddy bear. The attraction of these bears is that they are super soft, and have an interesting tactile quality to them that most babies love — to touch the fury skin and to bury their fingers in it. And because they are so flat, they are easy to hold in little toddler arms, and to be carried around.

I recently got a Flatout Bear for Casper as well, and now take it with me whenever we are traveling. He also like to bury his little fingers into the sheepskin when he’s falling asleep!

xxx Esther

(We got our Flatout Bears from VUPbaby)

ZUGS!


How fun are these children’s rugs?! And not only are they fun & cheerful, but completely 100% natural and handmade. And not only that, but extremely soft as well!

ZUGS is a new family-run boutique offering a selection of bright and colourful rugs, all made from natural wool and cut with deep piles to ensure a thick, soft surface: the perfect landing pad for jumping feet or a soft, natural surface for rolling babies. And there is something about the designs that makes me think even older children and tweens would like these rugs in their rooms. They’re funky and fun for all ages!

You can choose from eight different rugs, each one aptly named based on their colourful character (although we have Gracie the Ghost at home, and we all agree she is more of a squid than a ghost!!).

x Courtney

Harriet Hare bed linen & accessories

Harriet Hare is a new collection of beautiful bed linens and coordinating accessories. On first glance, it looks to be quite traditional with its pale blues and pinks, but I think it’s the details of this brand that really make it stand out. Like how incredibly silky soft the bed linens are! The fabrics are all woven rather than printed and the yarn dyed satin weave is made of compact and combed yarns, making it luxuriously soft and smooth to the touch. And all bed linens come in a reusable cotton drawstring bag which can be used as storage or bedroom decor.

I love the reversible duvet covers with the contrasting colour shades and the matching pillowcases in light or dark options, either to match or to contrast the duvet. Everything is so pretty and complimentary, and perfect for children of all ages.

x Courtney

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »