Great tips on dining out with your baby(and still enjoying yourself).

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What can be more exciting than watching your baby grow? As she is growing, you start feeling like going out again even if it is a simple family dinner.Those pre-baby times when dining out wasn’t such a big deal,when you didn’t have to think how many wet wipes you put in your bag,seemed so unreal after having a baby,like they happened in a different life or with someone else.When babies come, they change our lives forever-for the best. All those emotions that we experience when doing things for the first time with a new baby are normal. So time has come and you are ready to go out and take your baby out? No problem.

Here are a few tips on how to make the whole process not only easier but also enjoyable(for all of you).

  1. Know your baby routine. In other words, the right timing plays the biggest part here. You won’t wait til you get really hungry to go out, would you? You know that if your tummy doesn’t get fed in time, it will sure let you and those around you know. How do you feel when you are late with your meal-cranky, jumpy,snappy? Do expect your baby to feel exactly the same. His feeding time is your navigation-take him when he is happy, after he had a nap and a snack. He will be more happy to wait for his big meal and play at the table when he is contented.
  2. Be prepared for delays. Meaning- choose carefully which night is the best to go out.Make sure it’s not a public holiday, sport game night or an event that can be happening locally. When you planned your evening carefully, there is a very slight chance for delaying to occur.
  3. Look for kids friendly restaurants that do tolerate a little more noise or is ok with breastfeeding(bottle-feeding). With a toddler or a young child, is there a play room that is safe and close to family size tables? If you have tried a few diners already and chosen the place you liked, be sure to make friends with staff so next time they will accommodate you the best they can.
  4. Invest into a multi-functional baby bag like the one that transforms into a booster seat and has an option of a portable change station-they are life and money savers and are great for children that can seat unsupported(6 months+). No high chairs available? No problem. Who wants to deal with germs left from other babies anyway ? Babies that are seated on a booster seat close to a family table are less likely to get bored,constantly seek for attention or throw a tantrum. Why? Because they feel more included, being within a close circle, belong to the pack-that is a form of attachment parenting on its own. It can’t get better if you invest into the bag that turns into a booster seat and a changing station-no need to worry about placing your bub on a cold change room counter -simply unfold your bag, carefully taking the stuff out and placing it in a shell that is provided inside.This is a good reason for not needing to bring a pram, if the bub gets tired-you can simply lay him down in the bag’s bassinet position whereever it is safe and well supervised. Check this awesome Baby Bag here

me and the bag3

5. Don’t worry about packing a kitchen sink. Take a spare set of clothes for the bub, a few wet wipes( I am sure you can find a rest room with water in a worst case of things), baby bottle or his food depending on the age, a couple of nappies(or inserts if you use modern cloth nappies, disposable or easy-to-clean bib, a muslin wrap for breastfeeding and burping.

6. Have a new toy or two at each visit . For those, simply dash into your local dollar shop, there are plenty of options for inexpensive toys like travel size baby books, sticker charts, cell phones, matchbox cars etc. Keep away from balls unless you like frequent running,squatting and bending. Make sure they stay well hidden in your bag and watch your baby’s face as you pulled them out.Priceless!

In Color Studios

7. Make the first meal outing short as a test run and see how everything goes. In places like cafes and restaurants where loud noises and people are unavoidable,some babies might get anxious, some over-stimulated, some bored and some tired-you need to follow your baby’s signs. It is also wise to pick a daytime like a breakfast or brunch as the first time, you both can have a good snooze afterwards.



6 great reasons you want to invest in Blackout Blinds.

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Baby sleeping and napping are the most talked about and searched topics. We all want our babies and older children to take longer unbroken sleep, right? Better your child sleeps, better his mood will be. Simple. It has been proven that bubs who nap well during daytime, tend to have well night sleeps too. Doesn’t this sound magical? There are a few essential baby products you will have to invest in but there is one gear that seems to be overlooked or deemed inessential. Really? Did you know that one of the major sleep hormones, Melatonin is only secreted during darkness, and this is the hormone that helps to get to sleep and to stay asleep?  We don’t like to sleep in a noisy room-neither do babies.We find it hard to fall asleep in a well-lite room-babies do too!  This is when a set of Blackout Blinds come very handy. Unless you have a child that sleeps,eats and poops like in the “Your baby routine”book(then you are very lucky, so much savings on stuff that majority of us,frustrated mums end up buying!), trust me you will soon be looking for solutions.

Here are 6 great reasons why you will want to invest in Blackout Blinds:

  1. Amazing light blockage that can work wonders. Made with Premium Blackout material. Excellent for those annoying daylight saving periods in your region. Arrggh !! My son was 2 when we moved to Sydney, that was when I first experienced the daylight savings nightmare (after having a child).To tell that I wasn’t impressed is to say nothing at all.  I can not even describe how terrified I felt every time we had to adjust our clock! My toddler and sleep didn’t match well in the best of times so I had to look for various ways to keep him in his room. Now, I didn’t know the Blackout Blinds even existed, did I? Because no one wrote a blog about them like the one you are reading right now.
  2. No installation required and they can fit to any window(could be some weird exceptions of course)- you just buy a size you think you might use best and if needed, cut it to your desire. The only tool you will need is scissors. Suction cups typically provided in a kit, attach to a glass easily,therefore can be removed the same way without leaving  visible marks-a huge plus for when you live away from home.
  3. They are 100% PORTABLE! That is the exact reason why this product landed in My Store! Take them anywhere with you: family holidays, short trips,weekend getaways, sleep overs or  long-term travels. In unfamiliar surroundings your baby will ( this is guaranteed as I have traveled enough with my son!) find it difficult to settle instantly into a peaceful rest.
  4. These blinds guarantee the complete blackout in the room that no dark curtains can offer.They stick to the actual window glass itself, there is no chance for a single sunbeam to sneak through whereas curtains look great as a decoration and for little added darkness.Imagine that- no more annoying creeping light in the morning!
  5. The outer side of the blinds is heat reflecting- that makes them perfect for Australian climate. Or any tropical destination that you plan to take your family to.So the result is they keep the room cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
  6. No hanging parts- totally baby-proof. What would you pay for a peace of mind?

easy blinds

Why not every country does the egg hunting on Easter.

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Happy Easter to you and your family!

What a beautiful holiday it is and a great chance for families to get together and for children to go on a egg hunt or other exciting activities. In every country, there are different traditions to celebrate Easter, in some they are more fascinating and history-oriented than in others.
For example, in my motherland Russia, Easter is the second important celebration of the year after New Year and Christmas(note, it is the right consequence) . It holds so much beautiful history that travels all the way back to the end of the 10th century! We do colored eggs(real chicken eggs hard-boiled and dyed in various color instances-red is mostly predominant- to give them that pretty look, then we might also let children to decorate for a nice finish). These eggs serve two purposes. First, they are very pretty to decorate the house during the holiday. The main reason though is to play a traditional game when two players hold eggs, then hit them against each other. Whoever’s egg survived is a winner. The loser with an cracked shell has to eat his( too bad if you are not fond of boiled eggs!). The winner is believed to receive a good luck.

easter eggs

We bake a special savory bread that is called Paskha(which is literally translated as Easter) which also known as Kulich.

As you might have noticed, there are no signs for any chocolate eggs, bunnies or anything else sweet. That doesn’t mean our children are not to have any treats on Easter, it simply is not among the traditions.

Just like Christmas, Easter is the day of abundant food.The morning starts from visiting neighbors and family and giving away Easter eggs. And, of course, the old Russian tradition of Easter is to send and deliver gifts to poor families, relatives and strangers, orphanages, hospitals and prisons.

While the egg hunting and candy consuming is norm in Western countries such as Australia or USA, it might look odd to an outsider. Every country practices its own unique celebrations. Nevertheless, we brought up following different traditions, the main belief -and you would agree with me on that-that rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth is what therefore makes us mix so well together.

How to survive a flight with a baby

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Do you think your travel life is over once you became a parent ? Not so!

If you ask me, it doesn’t really matter whether you are a first-time mum or a serial traveler, I can almost guarantee- you are going to stress even thinking of traveling with a baby or a young child for the first time.. And I can almost guarantee that all this horrible thinking is nothing but your imagination.. and a waste of time. You will be totally FINE!

For me, first time happened when my son just three months old. And guess what..? He had so much fun and an ice cream! What..??? A baby eating an ice cream??  Well.. yeah,call me a bad mother but the flight attendants gave everyone on board a free ice cream including my kiddo. Well, thought I, it really was a special occasion so why not make it fun? Needless to say,only a couple of hours ago I was freaking out, frantically packing “all” baby necessities into his brand new nappy backpack. Did I pack it all, you ask? Ha, yes all and above. So here I am going to share with you a few simple steps of surviving the flight with your baby.

Hold on tight. We are going to start with some packing tips.

my little bundle of joy is all snuggled up and cosy in between our seats

1. Double check with your airline for a baby baggage allowance, especially if it’s an overseas trip. Good airlines realize that babies don’t come for free and actually need more stuff than we do.So do yourself a favor and invest in a good nappy bag. Then stock it WELL. Most airlines will let you bring your own handbag alongside so you can organize your personal belongings a bit better.

2. Restriction on liquids is something you need to be aware of. Don’t take the whole bottle of a baby bum cream as it most probably will end up in a bin. You are only allowed a small 100 mls container. Save yourself time and have it ready in a clear plastic bag to display at security checking in. Again, regulations do change, so plan ahead and get well informed. These restrictions don’t apply for your baby food or milk.

3. Take extra baby stuff in case of emergencies and flight delays. They most probably are not going to happen but please do save yourself a headache! Those items you can pack away in your check-in language before boarding-no need to carry doubles!

4. Your most important LIST-carry-on baby lagguage:

  • Wet wipes-absolutely essential
  • Nappies-bamboo disposables are best option in this case
  • A dummy and a spare
  • Baby’s sheet or favourite blankie, the smell is familiar and comforting
  • Muslin wraps and Muslin wipes- best things ever invented! Great for:swaddling to sleep, comforting with the familiar smell, using as a cover if you breastfeed, wiping etc
  • A favourite toy and a new one-something new is always entertaining
  • Spare clothes for spills and a couple of bibs for feeding and burping
  • Formula, milk or solids-whatever stage your baby is at

Optional if needed: a baby spoon if on solids, a baby book, nappy sacks and a Baby Shusher(after all, we all need a good sleep!). Keep in mind that food and beverages are available for young children on board.

 What you will need to remember:

1. Look after yourself well. There will be a few germs on board. Follow your regular hygiene,use antibacterial wipes for yourself and everything around and your bub.

2. Once on board, you can start organizing your belongings,keep everything for the bub within your reach.

3. Ask for help when needed! People generally love babies, just not the ones that cry all through the flight so make sure it’s not yours-keep him well entertained or snuggled to sleep.

4. Breastfeed or bottle-feed your little cherub on take off and landing, this will generally distract him from the uncomfortable ear popping.

5. If it’s a long journey,choose an overnight flight that won’t interfere with your baby’s routine.

Most important point is coming right now….Wait for it…

                                                          HAVE FUN!

    We’ve arrived. Hello Gold Coast!






How and why travel can change your child’s life

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Just like any parent, from time to time you probably wonder what exactly and how well your children learn while at school and if they get enough information to be exposed to different cultures and ways of life, without leaving a class room. My answer is No,not enough.  Learning offers many beneficial aspects to your child’s development but without an appropriate exposure to the practical side of studied subjects, those important connections will not be stored in a brain purposefully. The best example of such learning is a foreign language. Do you remember yourself at school trying to memories those weird words and writings? Did you do it out of your own curiosity or simply to get your teacher off your back to pass a test?

How else can our children understand the world in a broader sense? It’s statistically proven that well-traveled children have a better sense of humanity and empathy in general. When you buy something for your kids abroad, even if it is a simple every day dress or a beach towel, to them that piece represents a lasting connection to a vacation they won’t forget.

Family vacations can provide educational experiences for children simply because there will be a foreign language spoken, perhaps even with a local dialect,a great variety in cuisine, zoos and bird parks trips, museums, galleries as well as festivals or celebrations that are particular for a chosen destination.

Many parents are afraid to take young offsprings on a trip to a different country..They are afraid that kids will not be able to handle unknown foods, long flights or countless accommodations. In fact, when kids are taken out of their comfort zone,it provides them with opportunity to switch on their curiosity and as a consequence, become more flexible adults. Many parents are afraid they can not afford a family trip or will spend too much money. My advise:there are various resources available online that are designed to assist families specifically those who travel with young children. The aim is to provide a family with the most suited trip plan whether it is for a short vacation or a multi-year travel. Details such as economical needs and childrens’ schedule will be tailored to meet a family’s certain expectations.


*Our recent USA trip. My son is in a Licensed Merchandise shop at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Hands Free or why Baby Nappy Backpacks are the best

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You are a parent and you are busy. Being on the go with your baby day in day out, you probably already have a pretty good idea on how your baby’s nappy bag can get seriously heavy.Trying to carry a bag on one shoulder or in one hand gets pretty tiresome. Have you noticed that when you hang a bulky bag over a pram or a stroller, for some reason they tend to tip over? It is inconvenient, I know.

That’s why backpack nappy bags are simply the best. They help you to keep your hands free when you need them most( hands that is),so you can easily juggle things( and your bub) around.

If you are an active mum like myself, then I perfectly understand your frustration..juggling shopping bags and a nappy bag while holding your baby is not an easy task.With my son, I had a very convenient black heavy duty nappy backpack that I loved dearly. It served a perfect life especially during our travels. The only problem, it wasn’t as multi-functional as some bags these days. I still had to use those yucky changing stations in public toilets and always struggled to find a safe place to put him down when my hands needed a break.

Let’s see in which situations a backpack can save your life:
  • Shopping with a baby..or two..or three?
  • Visiting friends and family or doing picnics
  • Attending mothers groups
  • Going on holidays
  • Walking up or down the steps
  • Loading and unloading your baby into a car,pram,stroller
  • Performing an unexpected Cha-Cha when you hear your favorite song
  • Eating an ice-cream and high-five-ing your friends mums
  • Picking your toddler off the floor that is throwing a tantrum in the middle of a busy shop
  • Pushing your way through to an elevator in a high building because you don’t feel like walking up or down the steps with a baby in your arms

…Ok, so they are just a few examples but you see the point,right? By now you should be pretty convinced that you do need a backpack nappy bag. Life just gets so much easier when your hands are free and you still carry baby gear.

The problem with traditional bags which you would normally wear on one of your shoulders, is that the weight doesn’t distribute equally, you might end up with a very sore arm or back. Does a backpack nappy bag look like a better option to you now?

What to look for when buying a backpack nappy bag: 

Congratulations and welcome to the family of backpack baby bags lovers! Before you start searching Google to buy one and once you got it, stuff it with baby things,there are few points you need to consider. Backpack Bags are all different, although offer similar features and functionality. But you do want to best one for you and your bub,right?

Firstly, remember why you are buying it: distributing the weight across your back will help you prevent any future back pain or shoulder injury plus using its the functionality and convenience.

Material: Most nappy bags are made from a heavy-duty material that contributes to the bag’s lifetime. Whether it is Nylon, Polyester, Canvas or Oxford Cloth,avoid those that feel heavy without even adding your own load to the weight. Make sure the inside is lined with a waterproof lining, instead of a pretty but completely useless cotton fabric.

Outside Pockets: They are a great feature as you might keep some baby items out of the bag to access them quickly. They should be designed closer to your straps for a quicker reach and less damage to your back.
Changing Mat: Surprisingly,not all bags offer those but believe me, they are proven to be very useful while on the go. If they have their own pocket space in the bag, that is even better. You don’t want to stuff a mat inside the bag with all other items and then never be able to find it when you need it fast.
Adjustable straps with a shoulder pad: Yes, for your own comfort, you should be able to adjust the length. The pad on a shoulder strap prevents it from digging into your skin causing pain.
The size of the backpack: Well, let’s face it. Unless you need a kitchen sink with you on vacation, do not pick a bag that is too bulky. Aim for the minimum stuff to carry-only essentials.
Here is our pick: The best convertible backpack nappy bag:
HAPPY NAPPY BABY TRAVEL BAG – the only nappy bag that converts from a simple bag into a Portable changing station or a snooze bed plus a portable booster seat -Making your family travel easier.
  • Wear it two ways: as a messenger bag or a backpack
  • Extremely light-weight Non-Toxic Waterproof Oxford Cloth Material
  • Great for trips,travels,visits,play dates,shopping,dining and more!
  • Good space for all baby essentials(remember, you don’t need a kitchen sink)
  • Pockets on both sides
  • Changing mat
  • 5-point-security straps when in a booster seat position

Check the bag here: The Best Baby Nappy Bag

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