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’m always looking for new, cheap ways to entertain Mille (he’s 19months already…OMG, time flies!).
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 😀
After he get’s bored of putting the straws in, he’s carrying the box through the whole house.
He even uses as an obstacle laying on it, standing on it…creative with a box, I love it!
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.
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
Sun lotion (please smear your child at home before dressing, so you don’t forget any body part!)
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!)
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.
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
Sunglasses, if your child keeps them on! 😉
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!
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!
This is a rather messy one, but oooh so fun for your baby from 8 months till…
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 😀
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?!
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
Soft fluffy blocks or balls wake his interest and he starts to like cardboard books.
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.
Also the Mobile is pretty and fun for Mille to watch.
When traveling we use the Zoopreme Pram toy to clip on his maxi-cosi or buggy.
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.
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 😉
– 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.
Happy play time with your little one!
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.
- 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.
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
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
Happy searching and enjoy these first precious moments with your baby and new little family!
Food is a delicate subject in our family. We love to entertain our friends or family with a good diner or make every meal for ourselves a feast! We both love to cook and we hope Mille will have the same cooking passion.
We all grew up with meat, potatoes and vegetables on our Belgian plate. Since I got Crowns disease we had to think more carefully about food. And create a state of mind that food is the fuel to our body. We got more conscious about what we put in our mouth and more important where the food comes from. We’ve considered to go veggie, but with my disease it’s just not possible to eat every veggie or fruit to get all my vitamins needed. The solution for us was to eat only durable meat.
We’re all about positive news and messages but sometimes spreading awareness is for the cause of yourself, others and our planet. Now sing hallelujah! 🙂
Mille got breast milk (read here about our experience), as long as I could. And since he eats solids, it’s obvious that if we eat organic, that Mille is going to do the same. But is getting a child, not about good education? Teaching them the right things? So I guess if that’s the case we should raise him as a vegetarian? The issue I have is that we still be eating sustainable meat or fish, but not Mille? That sounds weird to us! For now Mille is a veggie, but we’ll think about the future…
If you have an opinion or advice about this subject please do leave a comment.
To travel stress free with a baby, it is mandatory to plan ahead. Is it easy? Not exactly, but with enough planning and the right attitude, it’s not as hard as you might think. Just read our post about our first plane we took with our little munchkin here.
A good checklist is the first thing you need before you start your travel adventure with your baby. To avoid a ‘Oh-my-god-I-forgot’ scenario, you need a good checklist that works for you and your family. In our hectic life everyone has a to-do list, it is from time to time nice to have a not-to-do list, but that’s when you are at your holiday destination.
You can take a ready made checklist or make your own, either way make your checklist 3 weeks in advance, so you can order your missing items online or buy them in your local store.I tempt to overpack if I travel, but believe me a baby does not need 5 pair of shoes and 3 different outfits/day. Check your hotel what they provide, baby bath, travel bed, baby seat, etc. There are some things you might want to buy ad your destination, like washing powder, diapers, baby formula, wipes, etc. So that’s your first to-do list 😉
Here’s a fun ready made checklist, you can find plenty of them on the internet.
I made my own and added some more children, just for you guys who have more kiddo’s. You can view and copy-paste the entire list here. The things I need in my hand luggage, are marked in yellow. To have a detail view into our hand luggage diaper bag check here.
One last tip before you start packing, is to relax, if you’re not traveling to a third world country, you can buy the things you forgot. So chill and enjoy being with your family!
We always liked quotes, even before it was a trend, so you can imagine that we are very happy this trend goes on in kids fashion. Personalised, funny or just inspirational quotes, we love them all! Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Autumn/Winter shopping!
Some brands are masters in bold statements like Hugo Loves Tiki, a unisex brand that is inspired by the European lifestyle. Mille is wearing their black and white ‘bébe’ romper and a chill pants from baby Zara.
Short words are often a strong message, we love oversized graphics and words on a simple style. This sweater is from Kiabi, a french affordable brand. Not everything is to our taste but if you do a good search, You’ll find great pieces.
Personalised items are our favourite! See our post on a great way to announce your pregnancy by Ego Maniac. They do all kind of styles from rompers, to t-shirts, to sweaters, even swimwear with your baby name and your telephone number (we put a line on the swim short so our number is unrecognisable), is a life saver if your child get lost on the beach. (never leave your kid out of your sight, but you never know, their tiny feet can be very fast) But for now that’s not a problem yet, still Mille rocked his baby bum by the pool.
We sure love this brand, Mille has a sleeping bag with a personalised quote on it so all his dreams can come true! The future MILLE ionaire… 🙂