Mabo Children’s Clothier

I have recently discovered the wonderful US-based children’s brand, Mabo, and I had to stop myself ordering everything from the collection. What I love about this little brand is that it is both simple, yet stylish and classic but modern at the same time. Not to mention, comfortable.

Check out the classic striped tees and adorable striped leggings, both made from organic cotton. And the little playsuits for girls and the sweetest linen version for boys too. Adorable! Take a look – don’t you want everything?

xx Courtney

Some thoughts about weaning your baby

After the physical act of birthing a baby and the initial days of discovering your baby and getting into some sort of a rhythm, to me weaning a baby is the next major event in the first year.  After the first hectic months have passed, when finally there’s a bit of a routine with the baby and (breast)feeding goes smoothly, then the next moment of insecurity comes… Weaning! Solids!

Out come the baby guide books again (all of them!), and there you are — back in the land of the unknown. When to start? What foods to introduce first? How to cook it? Or steam? The insecurity hits again.

When I had my fist baby, I did a lot (a lot!) of research, like I’m sure most, if not all first time mums do. Still not entirely sure what to do, I decided to follow the advise most doctors were giving at that time: I started solids after exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months. Ignoring the fact that Sara was already litterally grabbing the spoon out of my hands if I was trying to eat (which I did all day long because I was so hungry because of all of that breastfeeding)!

I started with baby rice because the guide books said so (and none of my babies liked it). Then I introduced vegetables first (I read somewhere that otherwise the baby would develop a sweet tooth!), repeated this for three days before introducing the next ‘ingredient’, so allergies could be discovered immediately. And then after that (although it wasn’t completely clear exactly when as to avoid the dreaded sweet tooth), I introduced fruits. All of this was exclusively home cooked and organic, and carefully frozen in mini batches, meticulously labeled.

I remember my mum raising an eyebrow but cleverly not interfering (she had simply mashed up a banana for my first bites when I was around four months old).

Thankfully Sara was a good eater and the whole process went well. So for the second child, I repeated the process. So far, so good. My third baby however, refused to eat. After her first taste of baby rice, she decided that food was not her thing, and she refused to open her mouth again! (I wrote a post about it here.)

It’s funny how things change. How I have changed! Even though I try to cook meals for Casper whenever possible, I do end up squeezing shop bought baby food in his mouth an awful lot of times. (Hey — it’s organic!) My old me would be appalled. Also, the general advise has changed — I understand that nowadays, doctors say to start earlier — at 4 months, 3 even! — and to introduce all sorts of food at the same time, peanut butter and all.

So what is wise? To me, it seems sensible to wait until your baby shows an interest in food. When he follows your spoon with his eyes when you’re eating, and is grabbing for objects and bringing them to his mouth, it might be a good time to start. Possibly with a mashed banana! And also: cooking for your baby is fun (the BabyCook is a big help I find!), and surely very healthy, but there are plenty of great, ready-made baby food products on the market that are yummy and can bring stress factors down dramatically. Finally, mashing half an avocado with half a banana and mixing it with a spoon of full yoghurt is the easiest home-cooked baby meal I have in my repertoire.

I’m very curious about your thoughts and experiences about weaning in general. And if you’d like to share your fool proof baby food recipe — yes please!

xxx Esther

Win! One of two £150 gift vouchers to ilovegorgeous!!

We love ilovegorgeous for their darling summer dresses, pretty printed playsuits, sweet swirling skirts and more fashionable and fun clothes for gorgeous girls. Their collections are always so bright and happy!

ilovegorgeous are now giving away two £150 vouchers to Babyccino Kids users to spend on your gorgeous girls’ summer wardrobe. We are already secretly jealous of the two lucky winners… Head over here now for your chance to win! Good luck!!

xxx Esther

PS We also wrote a little guest post for the ilovegorgeous blog with some cute ideas for children’s summer parties — have a look here!

Estella Organic Cotton Collection

Summer has finally arrived here in Europe — school is out and the weather has been warm and wonderful! My kids have been spending an awful lot of time running around in their undies, and the baby in a simple onesie or bloomers. Easy peasy!

I just picked up some sweet little summery pieces from the Estella sale which are perfect for this time of year — soft, organic cotton basics which are so easy to wear and so comfortable too. I got this little bodysuit for Marlow and it’s so sweet with the little ruffles on the bum. And this dress is such a perfect, easy summer staple.

Plus, as I mentioned, everything is now on sale, which makes the prices attractive too.

xx Courtney

Top Ten: Cool Camping!

Do you ever take the kids camping? Apart from our campervan trip up the coast of Australia a few years ago, we haven’t really ever done a camping trip. But I love the idea of it! We used to camp all the time when I was little and I have the fondest memories of it.

Luca from Deluna Kids recently told me she rented a VW van through Camperbug and went on a camping excursion with her family. How fun! I love the idea of renting a kitted out VW van – just looking at that website makes me want to do it!!

Anyway, this week’s Top Ten selection is dedicated to camping and I thought it was worth sharing. Check it out here.

x Courtney

Cute pyjamas from Annie’s Upcycled


I have a weakness for children’s pyjamas, and specifically for the ‘grandpa style’ ones. I find them too cute! Good ones are not easy to find though, so I’m really excited about discovering Annie’s Upcycled. Annie makes the most darling pyjamas by hand from upcycled fabric — she scouts for vintage material that is still perfect and pristine and has it thoroughly cleaned and ironed. Which makes these pyjamas as green as they can be, with a super cute and unique look.
And as you can see, that puts even Ava in a good mood in the morning!!

xxx Esther

This Week…

  1. Esther and Casper on a park bench in Paris
  2. Emilie’s local hospital – so pretty!
  3. The view of the Seine last sunny Saturday
  4. Marlow and Casper discussing their future : )
  5. Marlow’s bellybutton!
  6. Emilie rocking the top knot
  7. Hashtag! (And Esther’s feet!)
  8. Emilie’s girls on the train to Italy – summer holidays have begun!
  9. A photo of Courtney taking a photo of the Notre Dame
  10. Pretty Paris, the Marais
  11. Esther and Emilie
  12. Lovebirds on the grass!

Coq en Pate – Frisbee

School is out for the summer and we are so happy, we are kind of delirious! My children are off to see their grandparents in Italy, so we are packing suitcases (I sooo much prefer packing suitcases than unpacking them!).

Shorts, leggings and dresses have already been thrown in and I just remembered this cool frisbee I picked up the other day – made in France out of seaweed; how cool is that! There is nothing quite like throwing a frisbee around on a beach and I love the fact that this frisbee is actually made out of a product you find in the sea!

- Emilie

Playtime Paris: A recap

The three of us (plus two babies!) met up in Paris last weekend to attend another Playtime tradeshow. It was a beautiful, sunny (hot even!) weekend and the three of us had so much fun together. On Saturday we walked around Paris until the sun went down and the babies got tired. It was the perfect summery day in Paris! On Sunday we attended Playtime and, as usual, we were so inspired by the many great brands we saw — lots of old favourites, and a few new discoveries too! Here’s a brief recap in photos:

  • Aymara – Beautiful knitwear in a rainbow of cool colours!
  • Nobodinoz – A vibrant collection of toys, cushions, decorations and really cool animal backpacks.
  • Seesaw – A new-to-us brand featuring geometric designs and easy-to-wear silhouettes.
  • Shusha Toys – Such wonderful wooden toys from Russia – we want to buy every toy in their collection!

  • L’Asticot – We loved the fabrics in this collection. The little squid and the fish prints – so cute!
  • Sunchild – A great collection of brightly coloured swim trunks, nice and short – perfect for little legs!

  • Coq en Pâte – Bold graphics and colours. And we love the collection of beach toys made from seaweed – Fun!
  • Garbo and Friends – We love the illustrations and soft colours.
  • Picnik – Gorgeous, bold geometric patterns.
  • ESPno1 A great collection as always, and we especially loved this awesome playsuit!

  • It was so hot in there – the only place Marlow wanted to be was on the cold cement floor!
  • Sprout by Grow – A beautiful collection for big and small girls.
  • Aravore -We love the new collection, and how sweet is that little floral romper?!
  • Indikidual -Original cuts and patterns set this collection apart. The Jellyfish trousers are a highlight!
  • Biobu by Ekobo – A collection of dishes which are beautiful, natural and completely biodegradable!

  • Maa — Awesome, hipster trainers! We want these for ourselves!
  • More Shusha Toys – We love these wooden facial parts to create different faces. So fun!
  • Macarons – Beautiful textured fabrics. We loved the Ikat skirt!
  • Poco Nido – Fun high and low boots and cute baby shoes.
  • INspiRaTiOns by la Girafe – A beautiful stand with fresh flowers from the garden.

Recipe: Home-Made Deodorant! (Yes, you’ve Read it Right!)

I’ve already shared this recipe on my blog but it’s so amazing I just have to post it here as well. I’ve tested it during the hot summer days and it works like a charm. It’s natural, organic and like I said – it’s a recipe but it’s not food, in fact it’s deodorant! Yes, organic and home made from things you probably already have at home and it really, trully works. That’s something I had problems finding – a natural deodorant that actually does its job.

But if you’re skeptical you can simply try the baking soda first, since coconut oil is an ingredient that only makes it easier to apply and to help moisturize the skin and the essential oil is optional and you can easily skip it – it only makes it smell nicer.

You’ll need:

About two empty deodorant containers or small glass jars
6 tbs coconut oil
4 tbs baking soda
4 tbs of arrowroot or cornstarch?a few drops of essential oil (if you’d like to add a little fragrance)

Melt the coconut oil on a small fire and add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, wait so it cools down a bit pour into jars or containers and wait for it to cool down completely (you can put them into a fridge).

Voilà! That is all!

-Polona

Breastfeeding in public?

This weekend I was sitting in a park in Paris with Courtney and Emilie, feeding Casper. The three of us were talking about breastfeeding in public, and Courtney then took this photo of Casper and me which started up a discussion: Could we post this photo? Would we post this photo?

When I had my first baby I was much more shy about my boobs than I am today. Yes, I would breastfeed in public, but first I would find a dark corner somewhere and I made sure my boob and baby were covered with a scarf completely. I had the feeling breastfeeding in public was frowned upon, and it should be done in private.

Now, 8 years and 4 babies later, I don’t feel that I have to cover myself completely anymore. I’m so much more comfortable! I feel I am breastfeeding my baby, which is a very natural and beautiful thing to do, and I think I shouldn’t have to be shy about it. I also have the feeling that these last years, breastfeeding in public has become a bit more acceptable; people are getting used to it now and the general feeling about it seems to be more relaxed. Which is so great!

So, I decided to be bold and bare (!) and post a photo of me feeding Casper in a public park in Paris. Is it too much you think? Do you breastfeed in public? Would you? I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

xxx Esther

PS Joanna Goddard, who just had her second baby (a beautiful little boy called Anton), wrote a great post about breastfeeding in public here.

PPS Following up on our discussion in the park, Emilie sent me this link — a fabulous poem by Hollie McNish which helped me decide to indeed post this photo here. Nobody should have to feed her baby in a public restroom.

Hopewell

There is something special about selecting a quilt for your child. Elodie has a quilt that was handed down from her great great grandmother but I was hoping to find something a little different for my baby Francesca’s nursery. Hopewell Workshop provides a colorful, modern take on this very traditional art form.

The Los Angeles based company was founded by two friends – both artists and mothers – with a desire to create a line of artisanal products. It is so refreshing to hold a beautiful heirloom piece in your hand – one that both you and your little one will appreciate.

- Elizabeth

Yay for tennis! And Ugly is cool!


Ugly Children’s Clothing is a Norwegian brand started by three dads who after having babies decided that there were no children’s clothes available on the market that were cool enough for them. Well, for their baby, really. So they started producing an awesome collection that is hip, practical, of great quality, and allowed their babies to come skiing with them wearing their own traditional Norwegian knit baby bodies. Or let their toddlers join in their fish flying activities without them getting cold or wet. For real! How cool are those dads?

The new Ugly collection is again so, so on trend: a very retro looking gym collection! With fantastic track suits, gym bags, tube socks, and tennis outfits that John McEnroe himself must be jealous of (how cool are the sweatbands?). Our oldest two, Sara and Pim, have this week started their tennis training (in Ugly tennis outfits) because hey — the last (and only) time that a Dutchmen won Wimbledon was already 17 years ago, so we better start training now!

xxx Esther

Apology and announcement

Hello all it has been quite a while since I last posted here and also on my blog. I am sorry for that but I have some sweet excuse to share with you. After drooling over Esther’s and Courtney’s gorgeous babies Casper and Marlow for the last 8 months I have found out I get my own set of baby rolls to squish and the cutest little feet to nibble on supposedly at the very beginning of the next year! We are all super excited and can hardly believe it but I have been a little less crazy about my not-so lovely morning/afternoon/evening sickness that has decided to keep me company for the last three months. And that was actually the main reason for my absence  - I just felt too blah to do anything, even read or watch TV.

But I really think I’m out of the most annoying part of the pregnancy now (I hope I’m not jinxing it) and I am ready to party! I’m so excited to be able to share some great posts on pregnancy and newborns with you – it has been soo long since I’ve done that! But in the meanwhile I’d love to hear if you have some good tips and favorite products you’d like to share with me or suggest me to use or try during my pregnancy? I’ve actually posted a list on a few pregnancy and newborn must-haves a while ago (with a help from Babyccino girls and Peggy from Paul&Paula) but I know there’s more I need to know about! So spill please! I’m anxious to hear!

-Polona

Shusha Toys

I spotted these brilliant wooden toys on the web a few months ago and loved the look of them immediately! Aren’t they so fun?! Kids aside, I would personally LOVE to play with the wooden face parts – to be able to create different people and facial expressions – so cool!

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing these toys (and meeting the designers!) in person at Playtime Paris and it confirmed how much I love them. Shusha toys are designed and made by a husband and wife team who recently had their first baby and turned their design interest toward toys. All the toys are made in a local workshop in their hometown in Russia and are made from eco wood and non-toxic paints. The result is a beautiful, lovingly created collection of toys which will appeal to children and grown-ups alike!

At the moment, there aren’t very many shops who stock the Shusha toys – but hopefully their visit to Playtime was successful and we’ll be seeing these toys in shops soon. I personally can’t wait to buy them! Stay tuned…

x Courtney

Little Paris Kitchen

Have you heard of Rachel Khoo of Little Paris Kitchen? I have to admit, I am  a little obsessed by her. I love the idea of a cute English girl cooking French dishes in a tiny kitchen in Paris.

I think what won me over was her video I found on Youtube of how to make Croque Madame Muffins, (probably the best ever combination of French and English fusion cooking). Also check out the choquettes which are possibly my favourite French pastries in the world and the Madeleines with raspberries and lemon curd.

There is something very re-assuring to see someone make complex French dishes on two hot plates and a tiny oven. It makes me feel like I could do it too!

- Emilie

Avarcas by Castell

I discovered Castell Avarcas at the last Bubble trade show, and was so attracted to their modern colours — hip neons, shiny metallics, and even sparkly ones! Castell recently sent a couple pairs for us to road test and I am now even more impressed by the sandals given the great quality.  The Avarcas by Castell feature sturdy rubber soles and durable doubled leather straps (the straps are nice and thick and don’t get floppy with use). I also love how easy they are to slip on and take off without any buckles, etc.

Ivy got this pair… and as you can imagine, she loves the glittery style! (She thinks they are her ‘fairy shoes’ and has insisted on wearing them every day since they arrived.) For boys, they have a navy or a brown option which are both very classic and simple. I really am in love with this sandal – it’s so easy for the summer!

x Courtney

This Week…

1. Courtney and her girls, sunkissed after a sunny weekend
2. A new shelf in Violette’s room, a home to Sonny Angels
3. A simple (but pretty) flower arrangement in Esther’s house
4. Casper, from above
5. Esther had a meeting at the Hema HQ!
6. Violette’s gymnastic class
7. Strawberries growing in Courtney’s garden
8. Courtney’s boys in their swim trunks, enjoying a weekend out of town
9. Playing beach ball with Pim at the Dutch beach!
10. Ava drinking a green smoothie in the garden (she decided she didn’t like it!)
11. Beautiful Amsterdam facades
12. Ivy carrying the flowers home from the market

Enjoy your weekend!

xxx Emilie, Esther and Courtney

P.S. If you would like to follow us on Instagram, we’re emiliebabyccino, courtneybabyccino and estherbabyccino.

Ooshki Knitted Toys

Do you love collaborations? I sure do! I love it when two extremely talented designers come together to create an exceptional product. Look how cute Oliver & Olivia are! These are the result of a sweet collaboration between Elena Kovyrzina – a graphic designer and mom from Toronto and Anabel Fournier – designer (Fournier) and mom from Washington D.C./Bolivia. Elena designed the toys and Annabel produced them – a winning combination don’t you think? You can see many more cute crochet toys in Elena’s online store Ooshki, where each doll is crocheted by hand using softest 100% merino wool and detailed with finest fabrics.

You might want to have a look at Anabel’s collection of hanknitted clothes, accessories and toys over at Fournier – everything is handmade in Bolivia with only the best quality and softest wool. Now how do you choose between Oliver & Olivia? I think you just have to get both — they seem inseperable!

-Celina

Polpettine — true (online) boutique shopping

Polpettine is an online boutique in the true sense of the word: a small but impeccably curated collection goes hand in hand with immaculate personal service. Sandra, the owner, ensures that all of the items in the shop are of the highest quality and only available in small quantities, chosen for their detail, fine craftsmanship and comfort.

I have shopped for both of my girls at Polpettine before and love all the items I got for them: gorgeous pieces by Émile et Ida, perfect woollens by Aymara, great basics by Soft Gallery… all very special pieces and of great quality.

xxx Esther

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