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TRAVEL
Tent Camping: what you'll need
In the last couple years, we've discovered the joy of camping! Not only it is an affordable way to holiday, but it's always so much fun and offers a sense of adventure and excitement. I still have such fond memories of my childhood camping adventures, and I know that our recent camping trips will remain ...
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TRAVEL
How to travel successfully and in style with the 'See-Ya' suitcases
We just spent six weeks of our summer travelling in the USA and had the very best time! And one of the main contributing factors to the success of the trip was being lightweight. (Ok, seeing friends, family, staying in fun places, and lots of sunshine added to the success as well...) BUT, I can ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Coping with Car Sickness
We often talk about our love for travel on Babyccino, which I share whole heartedly, but there is one aspect I find difficult about travelling with children, and that is car sickness. Our daughter, Beatrice, suffers from the worst car sickness, and it is both heart breaking and debilitating. For us it’s specifically cars — sometimes ...
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TRAVEL
A family travel backpack, packed with handy features! | From Lo & Sons
A good family travel backpack is the number one accessory I bring when I'm traveling with children. The possibility of having my hands free and at the same time having access to a back-up (pun intended!) of gear I might need while on-the-go, is essential to me. Successfully traveling with children, for me, is all ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Skiing with kids, planning made easy with Powder Byrne
Skiing played a big role in my upbringing -- I was so lucky to spend one wintery week in the mountains of Austria each year. I loved this vacation -- being outside and active all day, hitting the slopes from early in the morning 'til the last lifts closed. For the past few years, Tamar ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Best 12 Summer First Aid Kit Items
Summertime grants permission to let loose, stay up later, run a bit faster, and truly embrace life outdoors without school, schedules, and routine. So if long days are spent running in meadows, hiking in mountains, or swimming at the seaside... then possible scrapes, bug bites, or bruises, are unfortunately inevitable. Because we don't want summer ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites : Seventeen Travel Games
We love games (read our earlier post on favourite family games)! And since it is the season of travelling, we've rounded up seventeen of our team's favourite travel games. Travel games have to tick a few boxes for us -- they need to be lightweight, but worthy of making 'the cut' in suitcases which are short on ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty Travel Essentials
We have compiled 20 of the best travel essentials just in time for the summer holidays to begin! With lots of travelling under our belts and lots of great discoveries made along the way, this is a post the Babyccino team got really excited about.  Hopefully these tried and tested items will soon accompany you ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Notabag, a foldable bag AND backpack in one!
Here in the Netherlands, like in many other countries, shops are not allowed to hand out plastic carrying bags for free. Because of this, most people will bring re-useable carrying bags when (grocery) shopping -- a great effort to reduce some of the plastic waste which we already have way too much of in our environment. The ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
The new Free-to-Grow baby carrier by Tula
Until recently, if you had asked me what my favourite baby carrier was, I would have had a 3-part answer. I would have mentioned my favourite sling for the newborn days, a baby carrier to follow, and then a separate toddler carrier for when the baby is bigger. In the twelve years I've been a parent, ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Essential packing for a weekend with the kids (with Lo & Sons)
If you love traveling, there's also the packing to deal with beforehand. Before children, this was part of the fun for me. The anticipation of going away would slowly build up with every list I would make, every item of clothing I would put aside, each travel-sized toiletry I would purchase... Nowadays (having to pack not just for myself but also ...
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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions with Nadine from i-escape
With the February holidays behind us, and first hints of Spring amongst us, the minds of us Northern-Europe based Babyccino girls quickly wander to sunnier days to come, and to our next holiday! Yours too? Dreaming of beaches, adventure and city destinations often leads us to i-escape -- their Kids Collection offers a hand-picked collection ...
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BOOKS
The children's travel journals turned into a book with Doodle Nest!
As I've mentioned before, each of our children kept a journal during our travels this year. They wrote in their journals at least once or twice a week, documenting each country and noting down memorable moments from each place we visited. Their journals are filled with notes, writings, doodles, drawings, small souvenirs and mementos from ...
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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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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
A different kind of BABYMOON (with two babies!)
While in my last trimester I got the super (super) strong desire to go on an adventure abroad. So strong I was daydreaming in foreign languages! It became a craving. Visiting various London museums was fine, but I wanted to be submersed in another culture, and have an adventure somewhere completely new. But... I wasn’t ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
My favourite sunsreen -- Aesop's Protective Body Lotion SPF50
I have applied sunscreen every day for the past five months. It's become a normal part of my morning routine: brush teeth, wash face, apply sunscreen. The sun is so harsh here in New Zealand that sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days! I picked up this Aesop protective body lotion last summer before leaving ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Travelling on a budget
My husband is the king of spreadsheets. I often joke that he doesn't make a single decision without consulting a spreadsheet first. I think he may have even created one before he asked to marry me.  : ) While this is obviously an exaggeration, he does use spreadsheets whenever significant finances are involved; such as ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
New video: What is in our Carry-on Bags
Last month, when we all got together in New York for the ShopUp event, we filmed a little YouTube video. We all turned up from long-haul flights and were talking about what we like to take with us into the cabin to be as cozy as can be in a little seat for seven hours. ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Greentom, a 100% green stroller
There's a new stroller in the land -- have you heard of the Greentom Upp yet? Designed here in the Netherlands, it is cool, hip and functional, but also very innovative: it is completely, 100% green. Casper and I have spent the last month or so test-riding the Greentom Upp Classic, and I'm impressed. It is a ...
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BOOKS
Cotton chalk books -- great for travel
Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The 'Chalk & Talk' books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled ...
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BOOKS
Keep track of your adventures with Adventure Logs
You might remember these adventure log books from my recent round-up post of gifts to buy your ten-year-old, but I wanted to give them an additional special mention because we've been having so much fun with them this summer. The kids each have their own adventure log and I've been encouraging them to spend some ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
In my hand luggage
I have been on the road so often lately that my suitcase is just sitting open on the floor and gets emptied and refilled again on a regular basis. I also never have the patience for waiting for suitcases at airports, so I have been honing my talents of traveling not only with a capsule wardrobe ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Keeping a children's travel journal
When I was in Paris last weekend, Emilie and I each bought travel journals for our kids in her local art store. Travel journals are such a fun and educational way to encourage children to contemplate what they have experienced whilst traveling. They're also great for their language skills and artistic development -- when working in their journals, kids are stimulated to express ...
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