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Hiking with a 2 year old


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!

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birth gift wish list


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.

Baby sleeps: crib, bed or bedside crib, baby changing table, room deco, matrass, sheets, nightlight, storage modules, travel bed (we use the UV-tent works perfect), sleeping bag, baby box, baby box matrass, baby box blanket, etc.Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 17.35.23

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!