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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.

 

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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