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OUTDOORS
SEEK (and find out amazing facts) -- the ONE app our children use!
Seek is our one and only app that our children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us 'what's that?' So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Minikin handmade paper dolls by artist Adrienne Brown-David
I recently discovered the charming Minikin paper dolls by Adrienne Brown-David. This American artist and mother of four girls created a sweet line of vintage-inspired paper figurines. At first, she lovingly made them as  a special gift for her daughters to play with. She wanted her girls to have a uniquely personalised toy.  Eventually, that ...
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TOYS & GAMES
One-of-a-kind handcrafted Waldorf doll by Bamboletta
A few months before her 5th birthday, Nayou, my daughter, told me that she wanted a new doll. That was interesting because she had never asked for any specific toy before! She used to have a couple of classic baby dolls, but we ended up losing one of them during a move. That particular doll had similar features to ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Fagus Wooden Vehicles
When I think about the toys my children play with daily, the ones I see off the shelf, in the middle of the floor day in and out, our Fagus vehicles come immediately to mind. Much has been written on this site about the team's very favorite toys for children (this list of evergreen, open-ended toys ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Monopoly Deal -- a new favourite family game (which is perfect for traveling too!)
This summer we met with family friends during our holiday in France, and our children were introduced to a new game: Monopoly Deal. Which is basically 'Mini Monopoly' -- not only in size but also in time! The size of a deck of cards, this game can be played in just about 15 minutes and ...
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FUN
A fun summer find -- ECOBO Beach Toys
I finally, by total accident, recently came across non-plastic beach toys for our summer adventures, and couldn't help but share in case there are any other parents out there still on the hunt for the beach toys. A few weeks ago, I popped into one of my favorite shops, Port of Raleigh, for a birthday ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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FUN
Announcing the 2019 Babyccino Awards WINNERS!
After much deliberation by our team, followed by tough decision making by our wonderful judges, and then finally a tally of votes from all of YOU, our wonderful readers, we are super excited to announce this year's winners in the Babyccino Awards! Drum roll please as we announce them all below...! The winner of the ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Suspend -- a favourite family game which is all about clever balance!
Emilie has written about the clever balance game Suspend before (she also gifted our children one set for Christmas a few years ago) so I'm not at all being original here. Suspend, however, is such a firm favourite family game in our house that I thought it would be worth oversharing in this case :). ...
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OUTDOORS
Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes in Atlanta, Georgia
The way we travel has changed a bit since having children, and the single largest shift involves making time to find and explore new playgrounds. My husband grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and on a recent visit to spend time with his parents, who still live there, we spent a morning at Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Otrio -- a super simple but incredibly fun strategy game!
We recently were at the birthday party of our godson (who turned 11 already!), and one of the presents he received proved to be an instant hit: the board game Otrio. Have you heard of it? Otrio is a super fun strategy game, based on the universally known classic tic-tac-toe. To win from your opponent, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Wooden peg dolls -- a sweet and simple toy and one of Bram's favourites
This 'Nins' wooden playset is Bram's favourite toy! The size of the little wooden peg dolls are perfect for his little baby hands. He loves to carry them around with him when he's crawling and cruising around; often one in every hand. Officially these wooden peg dolls are part of a season play set (ours ...
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TOYS & GAMES
PARK pass a ball to a child in need.
The idea behind PARK is a lovely one. Simply said -- for every ball they sell, PARK will pass an identical ball to a child in need. An amazing initiative, with a noble idea behind it: that football can change the world. Sam and his friend Tara started PARK because they believe football has the power to transcend ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Miniature Waldorf dolls from Fairyshadow. The sweetest little gift!
Aren't these miniature Waldorf dolls ridiculously sweet? It was my friend Annie from Brimful who pointed them out to me a year and a half ago. I obviously placed a little order -- who can resist those tiny mice, bunny babies and moles? Ava has a little necklace mouse which she very often wears -- ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Road building with Waytoplay, a flexible and waterproof toy road system
Waytoplay is a super fun Dutch Design toy existing of 100% child safe rubber road segments that can easily be put together like a puzzle. Unbreakable, suitable for any surface AND water/weatherproof, children can roll out roads wherever they feel like and start playing. Be it in the garden, on the beach, in the bath ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Eat your veggies! With the natural rubber baby toys from Oli & Carol
Bram is not big on solids yet. He bravely tries little bites of mashed carrot, sweet potato or banana, then squeezes his face as if I'm feeding him a lemon. And basically refuses to eat the rest of the dish. I've had a bit of succes with avocado and broccoli (perhaps he only likes green ...
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KIDS
Swifty Scooters -- a fun and safe way to explore and travel
In my ever continuing search to find the ideal transport to cross Paris easily and quickly -- I have come to the conclusion that travelling independently, i.e. with wheels or by foot, is the best way to get from A to B. First and foremost it lets us enjoy the beautiful city we live in. ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The most beautiful wooden animals by T-Lab
My husband returned home from an overseas work trip with these beautiful treasures of wooden animals. They are aesthetically captivating, so very soft, smooth, light as a feather, and lovely-to-hold. You wouldn't even realise they were wood at first. Perfect for tiny hands, with such lovely undulating curves, and the most fragile little hand-painted lines ...
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BOOKS
Mrs Wordsmith
I find teaching kids how to read and expanding their vocabulary such an interesting subject. There are so many different theories and there are so many different methods out there, which makes it hard to figure out what works. Children are also so very different. One of my kids picked up a book at age ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Wakka by Kukkia -- The kind of screen that works for us : )
The lovely Kaz, toy designer and creative force behind Japanese toy brand Kukkia, came over all the way from Japan to join us at our latest ShopUp event in East London. She's such an amazing woman -- a beautiful ball of positive energy, really! She is so fun and expressive, you just have to love ...
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STYLE
Personalised baby gifts -- such a sweet idea for newborns!
A few of my friends have given Bram gifts that were personalised with his name and I think it's such a thoughtful and fun idea! I know all of the gifts that were given to Bram are chosen with care and consideration, and I love them all. But these personalised gifts are very special to ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Tinker Toys, a decades old wooden toy with lasting appeal
I grew up with Tinker Toys, but probably wouldn't have thought to introduce them to my younger children (yet). However, Joseph found them while I was rummaging through a box of items in storage, and I am so happy he did because this has quickly grown into one of our favourite activities! Tinker Toys can ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The Best Sand Toy - a pail for the beach and beyond
This packable and very useful pail has become our number one toy on every holiday we have taken over the past year, and it is an essential anytime we go where water and play are the plan! We usually prefer natural baskets like this one for walks and collecting items. But, this pail is FDA food safe, BPA ...
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Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
1 day ago
Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
2 days ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
2 days ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
3 days ago
Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
4 days ago
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
6 days ago
Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark and Madeline Kloepper. The book is about a supportive grandparent sharing and encouraging his granddaughter in a way that only loving and patient relationship do. What fun it is to find some magic in books! It truly is a little treasure that needs a spot in any book collection. @_maays___ #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
School lunch ideas, on today’s bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago