Parenting

PARENTING TIPS
Preparing for baby -- stocking the freezer!
With colourful Autumn produce spilling out of our local Farmer's Market this weekend, I was reminded of this time last year. I was pregnant with an obvious bump on display, and was enjoying the change of seasons with winter drawing ever nearer as I grew ever bigger. I also recalled the yummy feasts of stews and soups that ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Minois Paris natural baby products
Our lovely Paris City Guide writer Lara, has a beautiful baby boy called Oscar and like every new mama, she is getting to know all the wonderful products that are out there for young babies. After all, there is nothing like a sweet smelling baby! Lara recently discovered a new French label called Minois Paris, a natural skincare ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Lucy and Jemma from Molly & Moo
What I love about this interview series is that we get to know the makers and designers behind all the pretty brands and products we represent. We get a sneak peek into their homes or studios and get and understanding for how the shops were created and how they're being run. This interview with Jemma ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Traveling Mamas, without the Papas
Would you travel internationally for a total of 22 hours with a toddler and a baby, (or more children?), and without another adult or helping hand? I just did this summer. Not once, not twice, but four times (ok, two of those times were domestic US flights so they were a bit shorter). After my ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
The power of the embarrassing parent!
My kids are wonderful (of course I would say that), strong willed, independent little women and on the whole, they are easy to get along with. But there are moments where they seem to feel that, by repeating over and over and over again that they want a packet of chocolate eggs in the isle of ...
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PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 7 sweet swaddles we love!
Did (do) you swaddle your babies? Did it help to soothe your babies to sleep? With all four of my babies, I was a hopeless swaddler! I think it was because my own (mild) claustrophobic fears prevented me from swaddling my babies -- I just assumed they would be so miserable having their limbs restrained ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you find out your baby's gender?
Being pregnant, one of the first questions people tend to ask is ‘Do you know what you’re having?’ It’s such a natural conversation starter. I know it’s one of the first questions I tend to ask pregnant women I meet as well. The thing I’ve noticed lately is that more often than not, people tend ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: 8 sturdy backpacks we love!
Do you love lists as much as we do? Whenever my eyes scout 'the 5 best..' or 'the 7 healthiest...' somewhere, I just have to read what is written. As if I'd be really, really be missing out on something if I didn't read! As you know, we only share about products we genuinely love here on Babyccino -- ...
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GOOD READS
Parenting without Borders, by Christine Gross-Loh
I recently read a conversation with Christine Gross-Loh in the super cool Lunch Lady magazine about raising kids in different cultures. It's a topic I find fascinating having brought up our girls in places throughout Europe, Africa and in the USA. I've seen so much diversity in childhoods and had so many discussions about parental topics with friends from all nationalities ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Which foods do you avoid during pregnancy?
This past summer, whilst pregnant and travelling through different European countries, I noticed something intriguing regarding the ‘rules’ of which foods to avoid during pregnancy. It is completely different by country! We started in Italy, where we had been enjoying lots of seafood and shellfish, eating mussels at least twice a week. My approach during ...
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PREGNANCY
Some big news - another baby!
This post has been really difficult for me to write. I’ve stopped and started, procrastinated and deliberated. I’ve thought about it constantly over the past weeks and months. I now realise it’s difficult for me to write this because I have so many different emotions and thoughts swirling through my head. After an amazing adventure ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Annie and Kari from Brimful
The girls from Brimful are some of the sweetest we know. We’ve followed the journey of their adorable boutique from the very beginning, and in the last year or so we’ve had the pleasure to (finally!) meet in person at our US ShopUps! Together, firm friends Annie and Kari run beautiful baby boutique Brimful from ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What kind of music do you listen to with your children?
Growing up on a farm in a rural corner of the Pacific Northwest, we didn’t have cable TV. There wasn’t much to watch so the television was rarely turned on. The stereo, by contrast, was always on and music was a big part of my childhood. I still remember dancing with my mom in the ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Two to Tandem: Breastfeeding two at the same time
Being a mother means making tons of decisions, and leaves you with a lot of .... questions. Being a second-time mother somehow seems to double the amount of decisions needed, and sometimes double the number of questions you need to ask yourself about what you are doing. Is this best for the baby? The eldest ...
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PARENTING
Busy Boxes: a great idea to keep little ones entertained
Super simple ideas are the best, and this idea of a BUSY BOX for bigger siblings, which is great for both mamas and kids, will help enormously in the early weeks & months of second (or third) time motherhood (especially if you don't have extra help at home!). We know newborns love to feed, sleep, ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Papier d'Arménie
I am a complete sucker for sweet, old products - there is something so comforting about mints in a tin box or a pad of old school writing paper. In French we have a word for it: intemporel. Papier d'Arménie falls into this category. I had seen it in pharmacies and shops plenty of times, ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Marabelle from Famille Summerbelle
I have always admired the collections of Famille Summerbelle -- their famous family tree, the wallpapers, the amazing paper-cut maps (check out this video!), the stylish homewares -- it's all just so wonderful. Julie Marabelle -- the designer behind the brand -- is such an inspiring person. When Julie moved to Amsterdam a few years ago together with her husband Simon ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Introducing a newborn sibling: Head, shoulders, knees and toes...
How did you introduce your older children to your brand new and adorable newborn? I received great advice from a friend about that first moment when they meet, which was really easy to do... When you introduce the beautiful new baby to its siblings, you shouldn't hold the baby. It can easily look like the sibling is ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Choosing the best sun protection for your kids
During this year of adventure we have enjoyed mostly sunny, warm climates. This was by design, of course, and following the sun meant we didn't have to burden ourselves or our bags with heavy, winter clothing. The slight downside was that we have spent a year toting around hats, sun shirts and sun cream, rarely going a day without thinking about sun ...
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INTERVIEWS
Five questions with Julie Kohlhoff from macarons
I remember being introduced to macarons 5 years ago when they first presented their collection at the local children's fashion fair here in Amsterdam. Julie and Veit, joined by their baby girl and Veit's mother, were presenting a different, interesting collection that really stood out -- with amazing double-knit fabrics they had developed themselves and intriguing, cool ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
A simple tip for sorting your laundry faster
How much time do you spend washing, folding and ironing laundry per week? Even with the help of my husband, my children and our cleaning lady, I still spend at least half a day a week working on it. If not more! I was just sorting through the laundry, and while folding the the boys' ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about sex with your children?
The other day, Courtney and I were discussing the way parents talk about sex with their children. How difficult this subject sometimes seems to be, and how easy people shy away from discussing it. Why is it, that something so beautiful and special can be so controversial at the same time? I don't know if ...
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