Geen categorie Travel

Hiking with a 2 year old

24/08/2017

We are most definitely beach people, but we love the mountains for skiing in the winter, but there are more things to do especially in Les 2 Alpes in Summer than you would imagine. Summer luge, trampoline camp, air castle park, summer ski (of course) etc. Mille is almost 2,5 years old, so a little hiking trip was worth a try.

We started the first one with a short hike (30 min)on a low height (1800m), just to see if he liked it, and didn’t get height sick.

Babies or toddlers can get height sick, keep this rule in mind and you’ll be fine: 1-year-old not more than 1000m, 2 years around 2000m and so on. Also, the cable lift has to be a slow one, going up too fast isn’t good for their little ears.

Our first try-out we went up the mountain with our stroller up to 1800m, everything went smooth and I noticed that maybe should hire a baby carrier for longer and higher hikes. Even dough Mille always hated to sit in a baby carrier, I thought now would be different, so on our second hike around 2400 meters after 5 minutes of walking, he was pretty content to sit in it. It was an easy walk for 30 minutes. He didn’t sit in it all the time, he loves to walk freely my independent little dude. After that we had a great lunch with amazing views ‘Au Coeur du Diable‘ and Mille with a little help of mister iPad sat still for a least 2 hours!

3 days later we tried the bigger work, hiking at 2800 meters and a hike down to 2400 meters normally it takes 1,5 hours, but with a 2-year-old it took us about 2 – 2,5 hours. We didn’t take the baby carrier this time and we’re surprised that the hike went quite a bit upwards than we expected. That resulted in Mille that wanted to be carried in mummy’s arms! 0_0

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It was sure a whole different ball game than the hike we did before, we laughed at each other saying ‘if the grandmothers would see us now…’

But at the end, we were very proud to have done it and super proud of our little man! We even did a little yoga and jodeling on the way 🙂

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What I have learned on our hiking is that you really need:

  • baby carrier even if your toddler doesn’t like it, he will sit in it and you’ll be thankful
  • extra clothing, cause in the mountain weather changes fast!
  • good shoes with grip
  • sunglasses and hat
  • sunscreen
  • extra liquids for you and your child
  • extra snacks also for you and your little one
  • make it fun, sing or play games with rocks or find some cool sticks
  • tell and learn him or her what you see
  • make extra stops or pause
  • if your toddler doesn’t wear a diaper during the day let him pee on rocks! 😀
  • be careful

The baby carrier you can easily rent, check before you go at the station’s tourist info.

I shopped very cute flexible reusable bottles at Hema

Don’t forget to breathe the healthy air in!

Travel

Fun winter trip to the coast

16/01/2017

Weather at the Belgian coast can be brutal, lot’s of wind, rainy, dark smoggy weather.

We like it, it’s perfect to get some fresh sea air in your body!
At one condition that you come prepared and wrapped up warmly.
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Here’s our checklist for those cold winter coastal walks:
rubber boots
ski glasses or goggles (even if it’s nog sunny, they protect those little eyes from lot’s of wind or nasty cold rain.)
snow suit (I know it may seem a little over board, but this is great on a rainy or windy day)
fleece sweater
waterproof gloves
of course the obvious beanie and scarf
optional is a push bike, you can rent cars or any kind of bicycles there but it’s a easy and fun alternative for a stroller.
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With all this above you are in for a treat and now bad weather can stop y’all!
Enjoy live, laugh and live!
Food

Kid friendly restaurants

12/01/2017

Wining and dining was a big part of our life, so we didn’t wanna change that when Mille was born. Going out to nice restaurants was gonna stay in our weekly routine. Little did we know…

I was shocked to see the looks of some people when we entered a nice place with Mille when he was still a tiny baby.
Some people looked at us like we’re ignorant parents, while it was perfectly do-able at that age. He slept or drank a bottle, that’s it!!
We didn’t let it get to us, but I can imagine that some people would be discouraged.
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Now Mille is at a stage in life that it’s impossible to go to a restaurant in the evening. He’s too tired and restless by diner time.
So the solution is going out for lunch for now.
The more kid friendly to better, because you need some extra stuff with a little kiddo.
I went to Copenhagen and there it’s perfectly normal to take your  LITTLE kids out to diner or lunch. Every hipster place has children chairs and some toys or somethings to keep them busy.
In Belgium it’s a very different story. Such a shame…
Mille is in the ‘testing my voice out’ fase, so yelling is a way to express that he’s enjoying himself.
Instead provoking and going to a ‘social not accepted kids place’, nowadays I’m always looking for a great place to eat, that is kid friendly and practical.
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Here’s my checklist to be kid friendly
kid chairs?
play corner? (not necessary, but practical and no need to carry extra toys with you)
changing place? (not necessary, but practical if you do not want to change your kid on the seat of the toilet 😉
inside noise? The more noise the better
Which kind of public? I’m sorry, I don’t wanna be judgemental, but I write what I’ve experience, when the room is full of quiet coffee drinking old ladies, they will probably not be happy with a kid that makes noise at the other table, and yes you will get the looks, but I’m sorry I can’t tape my kids mouth to shut it up. Instead I play along with Mille (I have a rebellion character)
parking? this one is just easy if you have to bring lot’s of extra toys to keep them busy!
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My favourite so far in Ghent is Amelie+moi
This is a bistro especially made for kids. They do great brunches on Sunday.
The interior is modern, the staff is friendly even if you make a mess, they have baby food and drinks, but most importantly you feel at home and at ease.
Our search goes on, my goal is to find the perfect place to eat with Mille in every city where we like to go.
In a meanwhile the messier we leave the place, the bigger the tip. Y’all know what I’m talking about!
Gadgets

Cheap home activity for toddler 18 months

20/11/2016

I’m always looking for new, cheap ways to entertain Mille (he’s 19months already…OMG, time flies!).

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He get’s bored very easily, so new diversions are welcome.

Mille likes straws and boxes, so I thought I would try something out with the both of them! 😉

I had a nice shoebox with a hole in it and showed him to put the straws into the hole in the box. OMG bulls eye! 30 min of alone play for him 😀

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After he get’s bored of putting the straws in, he’s carrying the box through the whole house.

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He even uses as an obstacle laying on it, standing on it…creative with a box, I love it!

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So get your shoeboxes and straws out!

You can decorate the box if you like, but I don’t bother, because it get’s rough!

I’m sorry about the quality of the pictures, on Sunday morning we chill in pj. 😀

PJ from H&M sustainable collection.

 

Hair & Beauty

Signature hair updo tutorial

16/10/2016

Every time I do my hair like this, and believe me I do it a lot like that, people ask me how in the world I did it.

It looks complicated, but with a little practice and the right technique it is easy. Pretty hair in no time! Perfect for busy mummies 😀

Find the tutorial on our  Youtube Channel

 

Gadgets Travel

Perfect trip to the beach

17/08/2016

I admit I’m guilty of being a planner and like to be prepared before I get into something, especially with the little mister. So yes, I love tips and tricks for a more confortable holiday or trip.

Here’s some of my tested and approved ones

PACK:

Sun lotion (please smear your child at home before dressing, so you don’t forget any body part!)

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Water bottle spray

Talcum-powder (This is magic guys! Truly amazing stuff at the beach. If your baby is full of sand, put some powder on and gone is the sand, without scratching that little gentle skin!)

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Wet wipes (always bring wet wipes to anywhere, from now on they are your best friend for any trip you’ll be doing)

Regular diaper bag and swim diapers if you have any

Zip lock bags (these are handy for putting your keys, phone or wallet, so the sand doesn’t get in, also a zip bag for a few pacifiers

4 beach toys is enough

Beach tent for adults, you can bring the toddler version if you’re planning to stay a few days. Mille is 15 months and a half a day is exhausting for him and for us 😉 The beach tent is really handy for the shade of course, but it’s a good place to put all of your stuff out of the sun.

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Picnic blanket with pickets so the whole things stays in place.

And the usual extra clothing (pack some long sleeves, it can be colder especially at the Nord Sea.)

Regular diapers and swim diapers

Hat with side flaps is very handy to protect your child against the wind and sun! Flaphappy has some nice ones or George Hats is also a cool brand.

Sunglasses, if your child keeps them on! 😉

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We went for a day trip to the beach in the Nord of France. We love peace and quiet and the beach to our selves 😉

Really fun day and made memories for life!

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Food Geen categorie Toys

Messy organic fun for babies from 8 months till…

26/05/2016

It’s sometimes challenging to come up with some fun activities to keep your baby entertained.

Organic slime we call it. Mix flour and water in a bowl until you get the consistency of slime 🙂 Put on some clothes which may be dirty & let the slime fun begin!

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This is a rather messy one, but oooh so fun for your baby from 8 months till…

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We play it outside in the yard, but if you want you can play it inside in a high chair with a mat underneath the chair. Don’t worry if it your little one wants to taste it. It’s organic and after one try, they know it’s not that yummy to eat.

It is so worth the mess, look at that happy, funny face! <3

Let your little one explore with all his or her senses…

That little black thing in the right corner is our dog licking the splashes that got out of the bowl 😀

Geen categorie Travel

Perfect first trip to the mountains

17/05/2016

First of all let me tell you that the Belgian childcare agency ‘Kind & Gezin’ told me that it is no ok, to go to the mountains with an baby younger than a year. This because of the height. They say 1000 meter from 1 year. But we figured that babies are also born there in the mountains so…what’s the fuzz?!IMG_6957

This was a car trip for us, with a stop in between, so the ride wouldn’t be too long and boring. So start your trip when your baby has to nap. We took off our route trip at 8 o’clock, so Mille could nap from 8.30 till lunch time. Nap again after a small lunch break till late afternoon. Fruit snack and stop our first part of the route trip when he was awake again. Perfect!

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Packing smart is crucial:

1 bag for in the car: food (extra portions just incase), nappies, changing clothes and toys

1 bag to stay overnight in the hotel: food, nappies, pj & blankey, toiletry and comfy clothes for the second ride to our destination.

1 bag for the mountains: sunglasses, gloves (2 pairs), winter beanie, stockings (yes even if it’s a boy, put some stockings on, normal socks can fall down and leave some bear skin, you don’t want that in the snow!), waterproof snow suit with feet and gloves included, a sled, some bodies with sleeves, some chill pants and sweaters and of course the usual toiletry, nappies (just for one day, buy the rest in a store there), food, pj & blankey.

The ski resort is at 1600 meters and we didn’t take Mille higher than the station. He had a blast in the sled and in the snow! Also being 24/7 with us was a treat for him. Although we put him 2 mornings in ski day care so we could snowboard for a few hours together.

Perfect holidays and we can’t wait to go back!

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Gadgets Geen categorie Toys

Mille’s must have toys at age 4 – 6 months

17/01/2016

This is entirely our choice of toys. We’re not sponsored by anything of this, just Mille who loves to play with this stuff at the age between 4 and 6 months old. The pictures in this blog post with Mille in it, are family pictures and not taking especially for this blog.

Let me situate his skills at the time between 4 and six months. Mille can not sit up right yet. He can only sit upright with help of cushions or on our lab. He loves to sit in his Bumbo and Babybjörn sitter. Mille has the mesh fabric one, because he’s alway hot.

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In our blog post ‘What’s in our flying diaper bag’, you can see many of his favorite toys of the period between 4 & 6 months.

Let me start by saying, we have a very picky taste when it comes to our home. We would like more monochrome toys, but we’ve noticed that some of the colorful things with sounds and light do not come in a monochrome version. Too bad!

His favorite toy got to be an activity book from Vtech

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We have it in French, because Mille is partly raised in French. (Mum speaks French to him, and dad talks in Dutch). You can find these light and sound books in different brands and in any kind of language. We do like Vtech because it’s made of sturdy material and it has really nice songs in it. You can also adjust the volume of the sound from small speaker to large.

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Rattles are hot too, especially the one with sparkles in it. This one is a vintage Fisher-price one that used to belong to my little brother aka Mille’s godfather. It is easy for Mille to take in his little hands and he is fascinated by the sparkles and red water in it.

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Woody the worm is a good wooden toy for this age. It is easy to grab and Mille loves to put it in his mouth. He can bent to worm in all sort of shapes. Thanks Auntie Hilde for this great gift! 🙂

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Household gear like a wooden spoon, wooden bottle opener or especially a whisk. His tiny little fingers like to grab the wired end of the whisk and he loves to bang on things with it. Or even a dish brush. Little containers or small bottles with pasta or rice in it. He loves to shake them and throw them on the ground.

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Soft fluffy blocks or balls wake his interest and he starts to like cardboard books.

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We love the brand Done by Deer, for us it’s a design baby brand. He still plays on mats lying down, so a good toy is a activity Gym by Done by deer and is the prettiest one on the market.

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Also the Mobile is pretty and fun for Mille to watch.

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When traveling we use the Zoopreme Pram toy to clip on his maxi-cosi or buggy.

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And also the Tiny Love travel mobile is a must have for Mille. This last one is not the prettiest one but works like a charm.

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Also in the ‘not so pretty category, but works perfectly’ is the Tiny Love take-along arch. You can screw it on by hand anywhere you like. Thanks to our Osteopath for the tip! (wouldn’t buy on my own 😉

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Top tip:

– leave the tags on the toys, babies love to grab them (only the baby save tags of course!)

– don’t buy too much toys, you’ll receive a lot from family and friends.

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Happy play time with your little one!

 

Deco Gadgets

birth gift wish list

27/12/2015

We didn’t have a baby shower when I was pregnant; this tradition is not very big in Belgium and I didn’t really feel like it.

It is more custom to make a Gift Wish List for the birth of your child.

Little did we know about getting a GWL let along about baby stuff 😉 , so we did some research on what we needed.

Our baby room is monochrome and we do not like different bright colors everywhere. It was hard to find a store who had the stuff we needed in our color scheme (black, white or maybe grey), we finally picked a store that was quite central for our family and friends and had stuff that was ‘–isch’ to our taste.

Here’s a few tips, keep them in the back of your mind if you’re going to have a GWL somewhere. This is what worked for us, everyone has his or her own habits so do not obsess about our list.

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  • Start early with your research and choosing a shop or online shop for your wish list. Most shops require to register 6 months before your due date.
  • Make a list of baby essentials you need by category.

Baby on the go: stroller, baby carrier, umbrella, rain cover, baby bag, stroller bag for baby, etc…

Baby in the car: car seat, isofix, baby bag for car seat, summer cover, blanket, ear protectors, UV sleep/play tent, UV wetsuit, sunhat, etc.

Baby protection: baby phone or videophone, door or stair fence, etc.

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Baby care: bath, bathrobe or bath cape, bad thermometer, changing matrass and cover, soft hair brush, fever thermometer, nappy bin and refill bags, manicure set, nose cleaner, potty, tooth care, washcloths, tetra cloths, baby care set (lotion, wash lotion, shampoo, diaper crème,…)

Baby feeding: feeding spoons, teething ring, food containers, travel footd containers, powder milk travel container, feeding chair, bottle heater, pacifier, blanket, bibs, snack bags, sterilizer, steamer mixer, bumbo and bumbo tablet, baby bottles (buy big ones), bottle cleaning brush

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Baby plays: bath toys, crib hanger, cuddle cloth or doudou, push chair or rocking chair, walker, baby mobile, musical pull toy, baby bouncer or relax, do not put toys on it, you will automatically get toys as a gift) , play carpet, etc.

Baby clothes: It is better that you buy the essentials and not put them on your wish list. You can put some cute sunglasses, swimwear, footwear or accessories on it. Read more about baby clothes essential in our other post on the blog here.

  • Ask around friends and family what baby stuff they have that you can have or borrow. Pick out what you like or what you can (with permission) customize to your taste.
  • Pick a shop for your baby gift wish list that match your needs or taste.
  • Check the small letters on the contract. Some of the shops have a buying policy for all textiles products.
  • Ask the shop what you get in return for putting your list in their hands. Most list go from 2500€ up to 5000€. So this is a win-win for both parties. Get at least 10% of the amount of the sold items of your list in gift voucher.
  • Check your list from time to time to adjust.
  • Put the link to your wish list on your birth card, so people can easily find it.
  • Buy the most essential things before your baby gets home: bed, sheets, changing table, products, nappy bin, changing matrass, pacifier, bottles, sterilizer, bottle warmer

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Happy searching and enjoy these first precious moments with your baby and new little family!