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Tips from a local: Cécile Roederer in the 3rd Arrondissement
Cécile Roederer is a mother of two and the founder of Smallable, one of our very favourite concept stores for children. She has lived in Paris for the last 20 years -- a true expert -- and now lives with her family in the 3rd Arrondissement. We were so thrilled when she offered to share ...
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Tips from a local: Irène Cohen in the 7th Arrondissement
Irène Cohen grew up in South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago before moving back to Paris, aged 11. After studying History at La Sorbonne, she met her husband Thomas Cohen where, with his parents (who founded Bonpoint), they created Bonton -- one of our favourite French brands and concept stores. Together Irène and Thomas have raised their three ...
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Tips from a local: Amandine in the 16th arrondissement
Amandine is the sweet mom of cute Henry (age 3) and Olympia (age 1 and 1/2) and runs Pink Polka Dots blog and agency, specialized in micro influence. She also recently started organizing pop-up shop events for mamas and kids in Paris. She shares with us her favourite spots around the 16th arrondissement, where she ...
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Getting Around Paris
Getting around Paris is, contrary to popular belief, relatively easy. It is actually quite small, so a lot of sights and destinations can be visited by foot. Most main attractions are relatively close together, with the main ones aligned along the Seine. The banks of the Seine are now car free so they are now ...
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Tips from a local: Maï in the 17th arrondissement (Batignolles)
Maï de Colnet is the happy, vibrant mompreneur behind the jewelry brand Marceline Paris. She lives in the part of Paris' 17th arrondissement called Les Batignolles with her husband and their three beautiful boys. She shares with us her favorite spots of this lively district of the French capital: 1. Best date night restaurant: Gare ...
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PARIS CITY GUIDE
Velib'
Though this is not strictly something you can do in Paris with small kids, the Velib'  has become a serious mode of transport around Paris. It is really interesting to see how every Parisians from every walk of life has taken to it. All over this wonderful town you can find bicycles belonging to the city ...
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Tips from a local: Olivia in Garches, Paris
Olivia is a mom of three (two boys, one girl) and the happy, talented, creative founder and designer of Petit Bec, a beautiful French baby and kids brand. Like many Parisians, she and her family chose to live in the suburbs (Garches) to enjoy a more relaxed and less expensive pace of life, yet with everything the ...
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Tips from a local: Emilie Roncal in the 6th arrondissement
Emilie, a Parisian mom of three (two girls and one boy) is the author of Sweet Cabane, an influential blog-magazine for mums and kids. She lives in the 6th arrondissement of Paris with her family and shares her favourite spots of the city with us. 1. Best date night restaurant: there are lots of wonderful ...
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Getting around Paris
Paris is actually relatively small compared to LA or London (relative is an important part of this sentence), so my favourite way of getting around is on foot. It is the perfect way to discover the city... if you have the time. If not, here are some pointers for the other modes of transportation: Buses: The buses ...
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Paris with kids
Summer's here and I thought it was high time to write down some random tips of what to do in my lovely city with kids. Paris is such a great place to visit and so easy to get around that it is a great destination with children, even young ones. But there are a couple ...
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Context Travel - Tours around Paris
This weekend we went for a little adventure around Paris -- the sun was out and it was the perfect day to discover Montmartre. It is ironic how, when you live in a city, you sometimes know less about it than all the tourists who visit! We were delighted when Context Travel invited us for a ...
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Family life in Paris
I often am asked what it is like to bring children up in Paris and what I like and don't like about it, so I thought it could be fun to write down some of my experiences! These are just random things that I have personally observed.. Playgrounds and Parks: There are not many and ...
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Handy Services
Here is a list of places and services you might find helpful if you are planning a trip to Paris, especially with the whole family. Complete Paris a fabulous concierge service which will organise as much as you need. Ali, the lovely owner, has children herself so she is very aware of the needs of families ...
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ABC Guide to Parenting in Paris
Europe is a strange little place. All the countries are so close and small and yet they are so different in so many ways. The language, the houses, the systems and food; everything changes once you drive over a (nowadays) almost invisible border. I spoke fluent French when I first moved to Paris, but even ...
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Books about.... Paris
I often get asked which are my favorite children's books about Paris. Books are such a good way to introduce this wonderful city to children before visiting it. Knowing what the Eiffel Tower looks like before seeing it, makes it so much more impressive the first time you see it! Here is a little list: ...
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Café Gourmand
There is a new fashion in restaurants in Paris that I cannot get enough of: it's called a café gourmand. We all know that having a dessert after a big steak could be viewed as slightly indulgent, so to get around any guilt that a huge slice of cake might entail, the Parisians have come ...
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Eating out in France
I am often asked about family-friendly restaurants in Paris. Try as I might, I am hard pressed to come up with good suggestions. There is a huge North/South divide in Europe regarding the obvious signs of child friendliness in restaurants. In Northern Europe you will more often than not be offered a highchair when you enter a restaurant ...
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An Old Institution
My 3-year-old is a lover of books and her personal book collection is threatening to drawf mine. A week ago I decided it was time to take action so I took her to the local library. I have been kicking myself ever since that I had not thought of this before! I had completely forgotten ...
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1ST ARRONDISSEMENT
Forum des Images
After being completely refurbished, the Forum des Images finally reopened its doors a couple of months ago. Founded about 20 years ago, the Forum is Paris' premier film library and cultural cinema venue. The new Forum is fantastic, and a stark contrast to the ugly Forum des Halles shopping centre that houses it. (The Forum ...
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French Pharmacies
I LOVE my local pharmacy. Whatever problem I have, they always seem to have the right cream, lotion or potion for it. I think that part of my love affair for pharmacies is because roughly 80% of my French family are pharmacists. Then again when you look at the amount of pharmacies in France, 80% ...
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Vive le café
Every country has its own coffee etiquette. The US has given us the coffee chains with the ubiquitous paper cups in different sizes. The Italians have given us the no frills espresso and the cappuccino. But what about the French? What is the difference between a noisette, a crème and a café au lait? What ...
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Merry go round
Isn't it funny how you often don't realize something exists, even though you have passed it a million times? For years I have been roaming the streets of Paris, as a tourist and as a local, and have completely missed the merry-go-rounds, which you seem to be able to find on most major squares and ...
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Papier-Mâché a pumpkin, (or a jack-o-lantern), a cornucopia of autumnal fruit & vegetables, or just a colourful centrepiece of your favourite foods! (Halloween! Thanksgiving!) It’s a satisfying craft but involves a few steps. Start soon so you can ger the most enjoyment from it over the Fall months ahead. Craft link in bio from @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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How can you use Autumnal Artworks to enrich your children’s awareness, especially if you are doing home learning? See a selection of images from our lovely Zainab. Link in bio. @themontessoristudio #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #homelearning #artforchildren #autumnart
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Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
3 days ago
Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
4 days ago
Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
5 days ago
Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
6 days ago
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
1 week ago
Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago