An international lifestyle website for modern families

Welcome to the Babyccino community!
Babyccino is a unique destination for modern parents and parents-to-be. Here you can discover the best online boutiques for all your shopping needs, find inspiration and ideas from our daily blog, and catch the travel bug with our series of family-friendly city guides.
If you like what you see here, please join us at one of our upcoming ShopUp events where you can shop in person from a curated selection of stylish children's brands under one roof.


Babyccino was started thirteen years ago...

Three new mums met in London in 2005 just after their first babies were born. They quickly bonded over motherhood and the countless questions, concerns and joys that come with parenting. In 2007, one moved to Paris, one moved to Amsterdam and the other remained in London. They started the Babyccino blog as a way to stay in touch with each other and to continue to share parenting discoveries, tips and ideas from their three corners of Europe. Over the years, new contributors joined the team to help broaden the discussion, and the blog continues to offer parenting inspiration and different perspectives from around the world. 

In 2011, motivated by the noticeable increase in new and beautiful brands in the children’s market, the team launched the Babyccino shopping portal, offering a curated directory of stylish, independent boutiques. This new platform was the first of its kind to connect shoppers with the innovative children’s products and brands they were seeking.

Twelve years on, the Babyccino site continues to offer inspiring daily content and interesting blog posts. You will also find a series of kid-friendly city guides for seven major cities, seasonal product guides to help wit your shopping needs, as well as a selection of more than 300 of the best children’s shops from around the world.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Babyccino community.
With love,
The Babyccino team xx




Courtney Adamo
Founder, Lives in Australia

Courtney was raised on a tulip farm in the northwestern corner of America. She studied journalism in Chicago, started her career in Los Angeles and then moved to London with her future husband where they lived for 12 years and welcomed four children: two boys and two girls. Five years ago they sold their house, packed their bags and set off on a year-long travel adventure around the world. After falling in love with Australia on their travels, Courtney and her family decided to move to Byron Bay, Australia. She welcomed her fifth child, a baby boy, in 2017. 

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Sergiu Baluta
Software Developer, Lives in Pennsylvania

Sergiu has worked with Babyccino since the very beginning! He was born in Moldova, he studied in Romania, and he then moved to NYC for work in 2001. He met his wife in New York and got married in 2006 before moving to Dutch Country, Pennsylvania. He now has two kids - a boy and a girl - and enjoys organic gardening, wildlife photography, nature, biking and hikes. 

Esther van de Paal
Founder, Lives in Amsterdam

Esther is an architect with a passion for interior design. She also is the author of the Dutch 'vriendenboek' and the internationally published '9 months' book (which she wrote together with Courtney). She loves traveling, horseriding and yoga and is fond of little creative projects such as cooking, crafting, sewing and baking. If she's not happily at home in her house in Amsterdam, she can be found exploring all corners of Europe -- squeezed into a 10m2 campervan with her husband and their 5 children. Although Esther will always be a proud founder of Babyccino, she is not involved with the management of Babyccino anymore.

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Zainab Shamis-Saleem
Contributor, Diversity Consultant, Lives in London

Zainab is a born and bred Londoner, as multicultural as the city itself. Half South-African, half Libyan, many summers were spent roaming the mother city of Cape Town and more recently with loved ones in Tripoli. Together with her Indian/Pakistani husband, they raise their two young children within an international family.

Originally a graphic designer, she worked for a publishing agency producing fashion campaigns, shoots and magazines. Retraining as a Montessori teacher saw her working in nurseries, then founding The Montessori Studio, where she writes, consults and runs workshops for parents and carers who want to do more for their little ones at home.

When not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found picnicking in one of London’s parks with her favourite people.

Vanessa Gerbrandy
Contributor, Lives in Scotland

Originally trained as a primary school teacher and having completed an MA in Education Vanessa has spent the last fifteen years travelling with her Dutch husband living and working in Africa, America and Europe. They have recently moved to Scotland where they live with their two girls, Helena and Florence. Vanessa loves spending her weekends visiting farmers markets, foraging in the woodlands with her family and cooking with her girls. She loves the smell of home baked cakes, a good pot of tea and fresh flowers in the house.

Sydney Piercey
Contributor, Lives in Provence

Sydney was born and raised in South East London. She lived and studied in Paris before reading Classics at Newcastle University. Sydney returned to London and began a career in fashion with a renowned modelling agency before moving into Residential Property Management in Chelsea where she met her now husband.

Sydney and her husband were married in France in 2018 and have two daughters. When not travelling the world, she and her family enjoy life in her same part of London that Sydney called home as a girl, along with their two dogs.

Sydney is a creative, a lover of art, literature, music and nature, all of which she enjoys and shares with her girls. She is currently writing her first book.

Shannon Corliss
Contributor, Lives in NYC

Shannon spent her childhood in Vermont before moving to Maine for college and suburban New Jersey to start her career in publishing. Drawn in by New York's magnetic pull, she then lived in Manhattan for six years before decamping to Brooklyn with her husband and sweet cats in advance of her daughter's birth. Now a converted Brooklynite at heart, she's since had another baby (a boy!) and purchased a rambling old farmhouse beside the sea in Maine. She loves dining out, weekend baking projects, travel, and escaping to Maine as often as time allows.

Mariam Tilus
Contributor, Lives in Germany

An eclectic in many ways, Mariam grew up living between Chad and France. After many years in Arizona, she recently moved with her husband and daughter to the beautiful Black Forest region in Germany, where they are now leaning to speak German. A huge undertaking!

Mariam’s career path has led her to work in the tourism industry (in both the UK and the US), property management and in higher education. With her husband, they have been lucky to have many adventures around the world, usually backpacking. But after the birth of their daughter, the family decided to slow down, downsize and focus on having more experiences with their extended family, which is scattered between 3 continents. Mariam loves road trips, walks in nature and watching her daughter grow.

Nomi Monaghan
Contributor, Lives in Lancaster

Born in the Netherlands, Nomi lives in the North West of England with her british husband and their three bilingual children. After a couple of turbulent years involving two emigrations, three house moves and lots of big life decisions they decided to settle back in Lancaster, where they live a simple life in their old Victorian nunnery, full of home baked bread, home grown produce, crafting, hens and nature walks in the nearby Lake District.

Nomi has a PhD in Psychology, particularly the psychology of language and used to be an academic researcher and lecturer but now mainly works as an artist and she writes, about herbalism among other things. She is passionate about living with the seasons, and loves baking and making, running, and fostering creativity in her children.

Bee Berrie
Blog contributor, Lives in London

Bee is a twice-published author, an ex-microbiologist, and the brains behind the best biscuits in London. She’s also a plant-based baking expert and mother to a bouncy 2 year old called Joey.

Bee loves writing and sharing recipes, tips and hacks for delicious home bakes. Her passion is in showing how easy it is to substitute out, and bake amazing bakes without animal ingredients.

Outside of the kitchen, Bee loves nothing more than adventurous travelling with her family, and has travelled around the world with Joey and her partner Dan. Her favourite memory is a 5am stroll around a sleepy Hong Kong with a jetlagged Joey, fascinated by the dawn Tai Chi practices all around.

Lyndsay Bettles
Contributor, Lives in Dubai

Lyndsay is from London but is currently living in Dubai with her husband and their two daughters. She originally studied architecture but decided to follow her real passion and retrained as a food developer and stylist. She loves to create and share beautiful and nutritious food that inspires others to eat well. She has an obsession with ceramics and candlelight and loves to spend time with her family and friends - mostly whilst cooking and eating good food!

Addie Ladner
Blog Contributor, Lives in Raleigh, North Carolina

Addie Ladner, a writer originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, now lives in Raleigh with her husband, three children, one dog, and a few too many house plants. She studied integrated communications at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a focus in public relations and journalism. She’s just as happy in her kitchen or garden as she is exploring both near and far with her family and has happily lived in the warm southern U.S. her entire life (she avoids cold weather at all costs.) She covers local artists, restaurants, and non-profits in and around her home city.

Lara Brehm
Contributor, Lives in Paris

Lara was born in Hamburg, Germany and then raised in Paris where she studied to become a Graphic Designer. After living a few months here and there including Barcelona, Berlin and Southern Italy, she finally came back to Paris where she found love and a tiny apartment with a garden (right outside the city) at the same time. Four years later, the apartment was extended and her baby boy Oscar was born. Lara loves the beach at any season, candles and chimney fires, interior decorating, a hot cup of tea and of course Paris!!

Mari Johnson
Contributor, Lives in Chicago

Mari was born and raised just outside of Chicago and loved the hustle and bustle of city life. She moved to a small college town in a farming community for University with dreams of leaving immediately after graduation and traveling the world. Life had different plans. Mari met her husband shortly before graduating and began a love affair with the Midwest, living in several small towns in Illinois and Kansas, before finally settling back in Chicagoland shortly after the birth of their daughter.

Mari’s love of travel and exploring the world is still strong and she has been lucky enough to travel quite often, dragging her husband along for the ride. She looks forward to sharing her adventures with her daughter as well. In the meantime, she has learned to appreciate life at a slower pace and enjoys spending time with her family in their little oasis outside of the city, practicing yoga and growing her own herbs.

Claudia Sanchiz Garin
City Guide Contributor, Lives in Barcelona

Originally born in Spain, Claudia spent her childhood moving every couple of years with her family until finally settling for a little longer to study product design at Central Saint Martins in London. Having lived in various countries, she found London to be a good home as she found the mixture of cultures she had grown up with all in one city! After working 8 years at Burberry, Claudia left in pursuit of her photography passion -- working with clients such as Prada, Conde Nast, Diageo and Monocle, as well as her zeal for photographing families, kids, food and weddings. Claudia moved to Barcelona after falling in love with a Frenchman with whom she is now married and has a wonderful little girl. She is expecting their second little bundle of joy in March 2017. 

Stephanie Hauptli
City Guide Contributor, Lives in Los Angeles

Stephanie was born and raised in Zurich and Paris, but spent most of her childhood summers in California where her mother grew up. With each visit, she fell deeper in love with the state and moved to Los Angeles at a young age to study Interior Architecture. The indoor-outdoor lifestyle and mid-century modern movement inherent to Los Angeles was fascinating to her. She also fell in love with an architect, now husband, with whom she has two young children, a daughter and a son. Stephanie pursued her dream and founded her own Interior Design business the same year her first child was born. Two years later, shortly before her second child was born, she also launched her own children’s eco-fashion brand Hauptli Haus Kids. Stephanie loves being a mother and enjoys traveling with her children!