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PREGNANCY
The first trimester of your pregnancy | what essentials do you need?
The first trimester of your pregnancy is a time of excitement and giddiness, of insecurity and of physical unease. It is also a time of waiting and very often of hiding the first signs of being pregnant! This pregnancy, I nearly entirely missed my first trimester. By the time I found out that I was expecting ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Tips for decorating a teen girl's bedroom from Bodie and Fou
My friend Karine from Bodie and Fou got in touch last week to share her recent before-and-after renovation project of her daughter, Mila's bedroom. Mila is the same age as my eldest (and she's also really into surfing!) so it's always interesting for me to see the girl version of twelve years old. (I often marvel ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you let your kids walk to school?
Here in Paris not many families own a car, so driving our kids to our local school is not really an option, especially as the traffic is so very bad. We mostly walk, and kids start walking on their own to school from about 8 or 9. My eldest daughter Coco started at 8 as ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
A tip for parents of teenagers: don't be afraid to say 'no'
A while ago my cousin and I were talking to the wife of another cousin of mine, who has two children, a boy aged 20 and a girl aged 18. We both have girls who are 12 years old, who are slowly but steadily entering a whole new phase of children's development: that of puberty ...
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PARENTING
What chores do you give your kids?
Growing up, my siblings and I had loads of chores. Beyond the usual daily chores, my dad even assigned bigger project-based chores for us to do, especially in the summer time when we were home from school. He believed we should be kept busy working and helping around the house.  We were given chores like ...
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BOOKS
'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' -- an inspiring book for girls (and boys!)
I was chatting to a friend over the weekend and she told me she recently read an interesting article about raising girls. The article pointed out that when a young girl is showing signs of being pioneering or dominant or even simply independent, she is called 'bossy', whereas when a boy acts in the same ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: 'Read the Room' -- advice for kids
I have recently realised that a lot of my parenting philosophies can be synthesised down into a few short phrases or even words. The phrases have changed with the years (I don't seem to be screaming a simple "Stop!" that often anymore). Some phrases, I am sure, have been used since the dawn of time. ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
What to pack in your beach bag
Over the past couple years, we've had the hard task of spending lots of time at the beach. : )  Okay, I joke... but the beach did become a central theme of our travels, especially as we discovered our love of surfing, and we went from being city dwellers to expert beach-goers. (It's a hard ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: some sweet gift ideas for a girl who just got her first period
A little while ago, a reader asked us for some gifting inspiration for the daughter of a friend, who just got her period for the first time. I thought this was such a very sweet and special idea! It's also quite relevant for me, as Sara just turned 12, and it won't be long for her... I ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Best Newborn Baby Gift Ideas
Do you have a signature newborn baby gift that you always give? Or gifts you've received that were just so thoughtful and unique?  That newborn baby time is so special -- a time for fun and thoughtful gift giving, so we have curated our two dozen favourite gift ideas to share with you. With ideas that range ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: a pretty plaster for every little pain
Since having children I've developed a fun little interest: I pick up cool Band-Aids wherever I find them. Especially when I travel I tend to be on the lookout for new designs. It's a fun little present to bring back to the kids and they are always so happy with them! I like to keep them everywhere. In the kitchen drawer (mostly ...
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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
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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