Wool Clothes for my Summer Baby

As someone coming from a country that knows very cold winters I love wool and consider wool socks a must-have item from October onward. I’m especially a big fan of merino wool. It’s so soft that it can be comfortably worn directly against skin. It keeps you very warm yet protects you from overheating because… Read More »

Of Imaginary Friends and Other Mystic Creatures

Birdy’s age of pretend play arrived around a year ago when she begun to equip soft toys with bibs and spoon-feed them. Soon afterwards they were assigned a bowl and a spoon and were expected to feed themselves. These days we often have to wait for a green light to cross the hallway from the living room to… Read More »

A Morning in Miniatur Wunderland

This Friday morning we visited my favorite museum in the whole world: the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. The museum holds the record of world’s largest model railway, awarded to it already before it added a second level of miniature worlds. The numbers are truly mind-boggling: Miniatur Wunderland has 1040 trains, 4,110 buildings and bridges, 9,250 cars, and a whopping 260,000 figurines.… Read More »

Swim Baby, Swim!

“I had a feeling that he’s the wellness type” commented my midwife as we were massaging a week old Bamm-Bamm after his first bath. My son hadn’t made a sound of complaint during the bathtime and was now visibly paying attention to each body part that I was carefully massaging with baby oil. His enjoyment of water… Read More »

Just an Ordinary Day – Part 2

Continued from part 1… I arrive at the daycare exactly at 2 pm and find my daughter on the playground. She’s barefoot, covered in sunscreen and sand, and having the time of her life playing in the mud kitchen. Her group teacher tells me that Birdy decided that she doesn’t want to nap today. Apparently, after… Read More »

Just an Ordinary Day – Part 1

I am woken up by the sound of little bare feet on the floor. Dip dap dap and the owner of those two tiny feet is climbing on the bed and, in her effort to find me, almost steps on her brother who’s left sleeping next to me after his 5 am mealtime. I pull her under… Read More »

Newborn Rituals around the World 

The arrival of a new baby is always something special and a reason to celebrate. Most cultures around the world have special rituals to welcome the newborn into the family and the community, and to ensure them the best possible start in life. Here is a selection of some of the most interesting newborn rituals from across… Read More »

The Worst Parents in the World

Dear son, I wonder if you will ever realize how different your first months on this earth are from your sister’s early days. We no longer try to do everything by the book. We don’t wash and disinfect every toy before giving it to you. You get wet wipes instead of clean water, and get plopped down… Read More »

The Easiest Sourdough Bread You’ll Ever Bake

For over a year now I’ve been baking bread at least once a week and, as a result, we barely ever buy bread in the store these days. The sourdough bread is amazing: it doesn’t require kneading so it’s incredibly easy to make, you know for certain what’s in it, and it tastes so much… Read More »

Read Around the World Summer Series – a Book from Latvia

This summer I’m again participating in a fun event called Read Around the World. Already for the third year in a row, throughout the summer bloggers from all corners of the world are sharing their favorite children’s books. If you want to know more about the series check out our Pinterest board and follow the Multicultural Kids Blog… Read More »