Parenting Tips

THURSDAY THOUGHTS
My thoughts on child birth
I was on the phone to Courtney the other night and we were laughing about how people can have such different attitudes towards child birth. There is a world of difference between the hippie town of Byron Bay and inner city Paris! Here is my theory: for me birth is a bit like a long-haul ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
One of my rules
One of the reasons I like writing posts for Babyccino is because it gives me a chance to stop and think and analyse my parenting philosophies. So often when I tell my kids to do something and they ask me why, my answer is the same as every parent since the dawn of time: because I ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best Books for Pregnant Mamas
New life is on our minds at Babyccino both because Spring is in the air, (yay!) and... because we currently have a few pregnant mamas and a newborn on our team.  So we wanted to share our favourite books that we read while pregnant. Books that inspire, educate,  prepare, and inform us so we are ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: What to pack in your hospital bag
As I wrote last week, we are hoping to welcome our baby at home (there is a big inflatable birth pool in my bedroom as I write this! on the eve of my due date no less!), so I have not even packed a hospital bag. Everything we need for the birth and for the baby ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children watch your birth?
I have always loved the idea of a homebirth -- the thought of staying in the comfort and cosiness of my own space, of lighting candles and playing music, of never having to leave my family, of snacking on food from my cupboards, and of crawling back into my own bed once the baby has ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What to name our 5th baby?!?
I have four weeks until our baby is due… and we still haven’t made any firm decisions on names. I am sure we are overcomplicating things and being far too picky, however this being our fifth baby, it feels extra difficult to come up with names we love. Also, when you don’t know the gender, it ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Some thoughts about stretch marks and accepting our 'imperfections'
Pregnancy-related stretch marks are a genetic reality in my family. My mom, who birthed five babies, has them, as did her mother, and I knew the chances were good that I would get them too. When I was pregnant with my first baby I remember using all of the creams and oils on the market ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: the toothbrush ABCs
This is a little tip/trick I learned from Courtney when we were still living in London. Easton and Sara were both tiny little toddlers, playing so sweetly together (if they weren't pulling each other's hair out). We would meet up for dinner ever so often, feed our babies their purees, give them their baths together and ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
When to consider speech therapy and other types of educational support
About a year ago my youngest daughter, who was holding a book, turned to me and said, "Mommy, it is really interesting -- I can see this letter in my head, but I cannot manage to write it on a piece of paper". I was intrigued, and like a good French person, went straight to ...
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PARENTING
Advice on car seats: extended rear-facing
I think Courtney has already written a post on this matter a few years ago but I believe that this is such an important subject and needs to be revisited! Let's talk about rear-facing car seats. I’ve always been really strict about driving my kids in car seats and safely buckled at all times – even if only ...
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PARENTING
Baby gender, orgasmic births and other unsolicited pregnancy advice
I have always really enjoyed the social aspect of pregnancy. I love that a baby bump seems to break down barriers between people, making it easier for strangers to strike up conversation. Pregnancy provides an easy talking point, and one that many people can relate to and enjoy speaking about. Personally, I love talking about ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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EDUCATION
A pretty times table poster by Lollipop Design
How are your kids' multiplication skills? We recently sat down with the pretty multiplication poster by Lollipop -- a design based upon the 'wheel' method of learning tables, which makes it easier for children to understand and memorise the times tables. (You might remember Courtney's post from last year, where she spoke about homeschooling and introduced the multiplication flowers.) With the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
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