Front facing bookshelf with books

Selecting books for Aria

When it comes to selecting books for Aria, we try to pay attention to a few things. We try to use realistic images or photos, pay attention to showing free animals, and don't offer fantasy books. In this blog, I describe in more detail why we do this.

Potty and a book

Our potty journey — the beginning

A while ago, I posted how it was becoming impossible for me to change Aria's diaper. Based on some advice and things I had read about elimination…

All the legumes in our pantry

Deep dive into the single-use plastics problem and zero-waste movement

On our first date, my husband, Dani, and I went for drinks in one of my favourite bars. He ordered the first round, and I ordered the second. When I…

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My daughter starts taking naps in bed

Last week, for the first time in her short life at 10+ months, Aria managed to sleep in bed independently without the aid of Sarah's breastfeeding.…

Baby exploring cat food with her hands

Cat food, coffee tables and sharp corners

As we saw that Aria was becoming more mobile, we started evaluating if our living room was safe for her and if we needed to make some changes. We…

Baby signing breast on mother's chest

Getting started with baby sign language

As you might have seen in our stories on Instagram, we are trying to teach Aria some signs. In this post, I want to explain why we decided to teach…

Baby playing with train

Our approach to languages in our multilingual home

My mother tongue is Dutch, and Dani's is Spanish. We speak English with each other. Matteo only spoke Dutch until recently. On top of this, we live…

Sun rays in a misty forrest

The natural point of view

There are many conflicting opinions and advice about every possible topic regarding parenting, especially when it comes to babies: From following…

Baby nursing with mom and dad in forrest

My 10 tips to prepare for a successful breastfeeding journey

I breastfed Matteo for a year, and I have been breastfeeding Aria for over 7 months. These are the things I wish I had known before starting on my…

Baby nursing

Bonding with my daughter took more time than I expected

If you’ve read Aria’s birth story (from Dani’s perspective), you know that she was born at high speed. The gynaecologist didn’t arrive yet. The…

Our birth plan

As I mentioned in my previous post, we made a birth plan. I wasn’t planning on making one. I wouldn’t know what to put in it. That is until I…

How I prepared for the birth of my daughter

When I was pregnant with my son, I read a lot about pregnancy and babies, but not much about giving birth. I figured that there were going to be…

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What happened from your point of view?

Whenever there is a conflict in our family, we like to talk it through. Lately, Dani started using a new approach. At the beginning of the…

How we use reusable diapers

After a lot of reading and changing my mind multiple times, we started using reusable diapers when our daughter was around 2 months old. She’s 19…

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Children are people

I believe we tend to forget that babies and children are people. They might be smaller and see the world differently, but they deserve to be treated…

Photo of a calve in a farm

To all breastfeeding mothers: Dairy cows need our compassion

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week. This reminded me of what 264 million dairy cows are going through every day. When I met my husband, he was…

What my baby taught me about crying

My baby girl, Aria, was born four months ago in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium. I’ve been a father to a newborn for little time, and…

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Love is exponential

One of my best friends once told me that when she was expecting her second child, she worried whether she would have enough love for this child. She…

Low waste essentials for your newborn

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started researching what I needed to get for her. The lists seemed endless. However, as it turns out, she…

New to fatherhood, a rollercoaster of shocking emotions

My daughter, Aria, was born a little over three months ago in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium. Today, I want to share what this…

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Reflections on my breastfeeding experiences

This week is World Breastfeeding Week. I’m very proud and lucky to have been able to breastfeed my son and to currently breastfeed my daughter.…

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Listen to your instinct

Babies can't tell you when they are hungry, what is bothering them, why they can't sleep. So I read books, listen to advice from people who have been…

Baby girl sleeping in bed

Our bedsharing journey

before she was born When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started researching where our little chickpea should sleep. The local authority on…

A father for a month: a birth story

My daughter, Aria Chloé, was born a month ago today on the 13th of April 2020. She is my first child, so I’ve only been a father for a month. Today,…