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October 2015

BABE, PLAY, WEAR

6 DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

29th October 2015
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(1) Moonrise Kingdom Kids

Come on! Little pink dress and binoculars, scouts uniform and camping kit away you go.

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(2) Andy Warhol

Okay this one might be more appealing to the mamas than your babe who wants to be a princess for trick-or-treat but we think this mini Andy Warhol is just too cool. Dress your kid up in black long sleeve tee, skinny jeans, throw on a blonde wig and sunnies. Don’t forget the camera.

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(3) A Disco Ball

I love the DIYness of this one and how much fun to actually be a disco ball?

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(4) A cloud

Hello hundreds of balls of cotton wool but seriously how cuddly?

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(5) White Rabbit from Alice and Wonderland

Every babe owns a pair of bunny ears, right? Well pop your little one in a pair of white shorts and add an oversize black blazer (thanks mum or dad). Then let your babe make their own cardboard clock.

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(6) Frida Kahlo

Bring out your flower headdresses and your OTT fabrics.

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CLOSED: KIMMY & BEAR CHRISTMAS WRAPPING WORKSHOP

28th October 2015
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At Kimmy & Bear, we believe that the outside of a gift is as important as the inside. With Christmas season almost upon us, we are hosting a Christmas Wrapping Workshop where you will learn, create, and be inspired by beautiful wrapping.

Part one

The principles of beautiful wrapping

Part two

Hands-on demonstration of two gift wrapping themes. You will wrap two gifts of your own during this part of the workshop.

Part three

Gift tags and labels

Part four

DIY – applying all you’ve learnt and getting creative with wrapping a third gift.

  • All materials will be provided, as well as a take-home bag of wonderful wrapping materials.
  • We encourage you to bring three gifts that will fit into the three boxes we provide for you to wrap in part two and part four. Dimensions of the boxes will be provided upon signing up for the workshop.

Date: Saturday, 28 November

Time: 9.00 -12.00

Venue: Nomads & Co, Parktown North

Cost: R800 per person

There is limited space available – book now by emailing sayhello@kimmyandbear.com

BABE, MAMA, TRAVEL, WEAR

THE MOSQUITO SOLUTION

28th October 2015
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As you know I first took Francie Sugar to the bush when she was just 4 weeks old and we’ve gone a couple times since. The first question everyone asks me is, “what do you do about the mosquitos?” I would rather not use non-natural creams and sprays s here is what I use, obsessively.

1. A mosquito net. I have a couple ‘travel nets’ which I use over Francie’s cot or pram – wherever she is sleeping. You get great nets with elastic at BabyCity or a hanging mosquito net from either Cape Union Mart or Mr Price Home. We have the Cape Union Mart one up permanently in Francie Sugar’s nursery.

2. Pure Beginnings 100% Natural Insect Repellent. This is easy to rub on those chubby legs and beautiful arms.

3. Fly Away – Fly & Insect Repellant (contains Citronella & Lavender Oil). We use this spray all over the babes rooms, and in the cot before she goes to sleep, I also spray it all over the area where I change Francie’s nappy. (I got mine from Health Works in Hyde Park).

4.  Chico Ultrasound Anti Mosquito Plug in/battery operated. Ultrasounds silently repel mosquitoes with no undesired effect on baby – no fumes, no odour, no chemicals. I have one plugged in at the wall i which ever room Francie Sugar sleeps and I have a couple of the battery operated ones too: in the bush I even wear one/have one in my pocket when when feeding her. (Available at BabyCity)

5. Dischem Insect Repellent patches (with Citronella oil). Bailey introduced me to these – you simply stick the patch on your babes clothing – for example their pyjamas or day time outfits.

BABE, MAMA

MAMA BABE TEAM

27th October 2015
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I recently has some pics taken of just Francie Sugar and I. The thing is, as the mama, you are the one that hangs out most with your babe – just the two of you, playing aeroplane and kissing toes yet no one is ever around to catch those moments. I absolutely adore these snaps of this mama babe team.

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BABE, MAMA

GUEST POST: MONTESSORI & DISCIPLINE

26th October 2015
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We are so excited to introduce a new series on Kimmy & Bear today. Lindsey from Swiss Lark (a new favourite blog of ours) will be guest posting for the next 5 weeks. Lindsey did her AMI diploma 10 years ago and then taught for six years. She is now a stay-at-home mama to Coco but writes her Montessori Monday column on her blog. We love the topics that we talks about and are so excited to have Lindsey exploring a number of Montessori topics on Kimmy & Bear over the next 5 weeks. (Not sure what Montessori is all about? Here Lindsey explains it.) 

Today Lindsey talks to us about Montessori and discipline. 

One recurring theme in Montessori is the idea of preparing and responding, rather than reacting. This is especially true for discipline. As adults spending time guiding children, we all know that we can expect children to push limits, act out and require discipline. Our job is to be prepared so that we can respond in a way that leads to learning and cultivation of good discipline. In Montessori, we want to avoid punishments and instead teach inner discipline.

Natural and Logical Consequences

Sometimes, there is a natural consequence to behavior. If a child throws their toy and it breaks, that is a natural consequence.  If they are mean to someone and that person decides to walk away from them, that is a natural consequence. But, if a child pushes another child, it may be necessary for there to be a logical consequence. Much of the discipline in Montessori is structured with achieving independence in mind. After a child pushes, the teacher might gently take their hand and say plainly, “You may not push. Come sit with me,” and lead the child to a chair next to his or her own. The teacher may then say, “Please sit with me. When you are ready to go back to your work and use your hands for working, not for hurting, you may go.” Children tend to wait until their ready. It might be a short amount of time, or a longer time. For a second offense, the same procedure is repeated. “You forgot it’s not okay to push. Come sit with me.” It’s important to be sure the child who was pushed is okay. Maybe the classroom assistant will care for them or the teacher will return once the offending child is seated. However, forced apologies are not helpful in teaching a child inner discipline, so I don’t use them.

Avoiding The Challenge

Sometimes, when we set a boundary for a child, we unintentionally challenge them to do exactly what we’ve asked them not to. For example, if you’re baking you would of course say very clearly, and plainly and without rancor, “Do you see the mixer? It’s very important you never put your hands inside there when it’s going. We don’t even put the spoon in when it’s going because it will be broken.” But, when your child is pushing limits and you say, “You better not dump that sand on the grass!” the tone in which it’s said can create a challenge. It says to the child that it’s not a good choice they’re making, but rather being forced into submission, and if they intend to become independent, as all children do, they certainly can’t be forced into submission, so onto the grass goes the sand. When we say instead, “The sand stays in the sandbox so that the grass can grow,” it creates a much different dynamic in which the child is choosing to do the right thing.

Books that Support Montessori Discipline

I recommend Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, Positive Discipline for Preschoolers and Love and Logic for Montessori discipline tips. I especially love Bringing Up Bebe for its sensible, no-nonsense approach to creating a system of discipline that is peaceful and easy for everyone.

 

What are your favorite discipline tips and tricks?  Do you find the Montessori approach similar to or different from your own?

Want more Montessori posts? Visit Lindsey’s blog, Swiss Lark, also here are Lindey’s other posts on Kimmy & Bear:

Montessori tips for toddler playtime.

Baby #2 on the way? Montessori tips to cope with baby #1

Montessori tips for toy rotation. 

BABE, EAT, MAMA, NEST, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

23rd October 2015
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Angelina Jolie and her children were recently shot for Vogue. The pics are so wonderful we couldn’t share just one.

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Happy weekend lovely mamas. We have an action packed one filled with birthday parties, bath time with outout dads (thanks World Cup Rugby semi finals and Go Bokke!) Of course we are also looking forward to little girls playing in the garden, twins twinkling, babies giggling and newborn cuddles from Jack.

Here are some links that caught our eye this week:

Barbie’s new ad is brilliant – watch it here.

Give your kids a ‘shake break’

A My Little Pony Cafe opened in Japan, I want to go!

So many people go on about no publishing pics of their babes, here one mama tells us why she does. 

10 superfoods for baby

Stop saying “hurry up!”

5 reasons why dads should read to their children

Visiting a newborn – forget the gift, do this instead. 

Parody blog gender-flips advice given to working mothers

The low down on formula.

Living in Joburg? There is a new Children’s Health Centre in Parktown North and it’s great.

And finally a great free printable calendar and weekly planner for 2016. 

BABE, DIARY, MAMA

IT’S A BOY!

23rd October 2015
We are so excited to welcome a new baby into our lives. Our amazing, super star sister @Hugolyne gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy in Monday and we've been cuddling him non stop since then. We love you Jack Alexander (3.8kg; 58cm)  #newborn #babyboy #birth #naturalbirth #nephew #momblog #mamablog #momandbabyblog #momblogger #birthannouncement #love

We are so excited to welcome a new baby into our lives. Our amazing, super star sister Hugolyne gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy in Monday and we’ve been cuddling him non stop since then. We love you Jack Alexander (3.8kg; 58cm)

BABE, WEAR

A NEW LUXURY BASICS BRAND FOR BABES THAT WE’RE LOVING ALREADY

22nd October 2015
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Two marketing powerhouses-turned mamas, Allison and Sofia, found themselves syncing experiences of new motherhood, dealing with little beings and, in particular, dressing them. The baby clothing departments appeared underwhelming to them. Bored by the sea of frilly pinks, splattered teddy bears, shouty prints on cheap materials, sent the duo into fatigue and then, a second later, into brainstorming mode.

 

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Sophisticated baby wear was on the agenda. Solid garments, that wouldn’t metamorphose out of shape after a couple of laps in the dryer and, most importantly, garments that you could look directly at without squinting. They were making big plans for small clothes. And so Vild – House of Little, was born. Think minimal garments that resonate with the Scandinavian concept of design: form and function in equilibrium to create a utilitarian piece that is also beautiful.

 

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The bodysuits, manufactured in Portugal, are made from bamboo yarn of the highest quality, spun and woven in Italy, resulting in a fabric that is breathable, hypoallergenic, thermo-regulating, friendly to the environment and incredibly soft. The colour palette is unisex (and it’s gorgeous!), ranging from All-Nighter Black and Roaring Orange to Untamed Green and Hazy Grey, joined by one wilderness-themed jungle print. These onesies are definitely on our wish list and would make a super special gift.

 

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Vild – House of Little is launching tonight in London and the bodysuits will be available later this month at www.vildhouseoflittle.com

 

DIARY, MAMA

MY HARDEST OBSTACLE AS A MAMA

21st October 2015
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When my dear little Francie Sugar hit about 7 weeks she suddenly stopped breastfeeding peacefully. She would cry each time I took her near my breast. It broke my heart. It started off gradually – she would still feed peacefully at night and some of the day feeds would be fine but as days went by it got worse. She would arch her little back and strongly turn her head away from me. It destroyed me. I thought it was a phase, there is always a reason or something to blame a change of behaviour on, isn’t there? She had her shots a few days before it all started and I blamed it on that at first. Then I thought it must be some ‘growth spurt’ making her uncomfortable! But it just got worse. I would eventually get her to feed by rocking on my rocking chair and then sliding her down onto my breast and continue to rock throughout the feed but after a day or two even that didn’t help. I would then have to ‘catch’ her when she was still asleep… so I would sit in her room from about 10 minutes before she was about to wake and then at the first sign of movement I’d pop her on. She would gulp down milk until she realised where she was and then she would refuse.

I was so full of emotions, ranging from fear that my days of peaceful, calm, beautiful breastfeeding were over, to regret that if they were over why did’t I co-sleep and feed on demand for those first 7 weeks just to enjoy while it lasted. I felt guilty that I suddenly found feeding so hard, looking forward to the nights as they were still filled with peaceful feeds that I enjoyed so much. I worried why I didn’t know what was wrong or why she suddenly was doing this. Most of all I was so sad, and I was so upset at the thought of not breastfeeding for months and months to come.

I then read somewhere that it could be an ear infection – I rushed to my pead who confirmed that it wasn’t. I was disappointed because I thought if she did, then it would be solvable quickly. At the same time I felt guilty that I was wishing an ear infection upon her. I saw another nurse who said “just feed your baby, increase your supply. Your baby just wants to eat.” This was the most frustrating thing I could hear – all I wanted to do was feed my baby, I just couldn’t.

Finally, Bailey said, “maybe its Thrush” and I immediately ran off to the lactation specialist, who confirmed that both Francie Sugar and I had terrible thrush. Which by now, 10 days later, was really bad and Francie Sugar had decided to go on a “day time breast strike” as she called it. Heartbreaking.

I dosed up on the remedies – creams, drops, you name it. But she still refused my breast in the day. The redeeming factor was my night feeds. The quiet nights when she would suck away at peace and I would watch her the whole time. I lived for those quiet nights but was also tainted with anxiety that one night I’d wake to the same protests that I had in the day.

Any mama will know that the breast solves everything – one thing a babe always wants, whether on demand or schedule, is the breast yet my breast was refused, it was the hardest thing.

My husband would come home to me standing in the nursery with one boob out rocking my baby until she was drowsy enough to trick her onto it. The babe and me both crying. This happened often.

It was suggested I pump and bottle and even suggested formula but I stuck to it. I was determined to give her the breast. I prayed and I persevered. I rocked my baby onto my boob for many days, I sat it the rocking chair for many feeds, I grabbed her in a sleepy state as often as I needed to. I gave her drops, rubbed on creams and did the same for myself. Each feed I offered her, I was prepared for the worst hoping for the best until one day she took my boob when she was awake. My baby was back! I exclaimed until the next day when she wasn’t.

Finally after about 3 weeks by baby was back! She fed again and I felt like a new mama.

Now that Francie Sugar is nearly 7 months old I look back at that time and it’s that fuzzy blur that the first weeks of being a mama are. But the thing I learnt was that as her mama I knew her. Many people gave me the advice to give up breastfeeding or that I was doing something wrong but I knew it was something else, my gut told me that there was something, fixable, happening and that I just had to figure it out. I guess I learnt to go with my gut and that it’s totally true that a mama will do pretty much anything to get one’s babe fed and to sleep.

BABE, PLAY

GUEST POST: MONTESSORI TIPS FOR TOYS ROTATION

19th October 2015
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We are so excited to introduce a new series on Kimmy & Bear today. Lindsey from Swiss Lark (a new favourite blog of ours) will be guest posting for the next 5 weeks. Lindsey did her AMI diploma 10 years ago and then taught for six years. She is now a stay-at-home mama to Coco but writes her Montessori Monday column on her blog. We love the topics that we talks about and are so excited to have Lindsey exploring a number of Montessori topics on Kimmy & Bear over the next 5 weeks. (Not sure what Montessori is all about? Here Lindsey explains it.) 

Today Lindsey gives us her Montessori tips for toy rotation. 

Toy rotation is a wonderful tool to employ in your home. Children tend to forget about the toys they can’t see. Then, when you rotate them into play, they’re like new again! Toy rotation is also one of the best ways to keep your children happy and yourself sane. Too much choice is overwhelming for children. With toy rotation, choices are limited. Tackling and tidying up a huge mess from an abundance of toys is difficult and laborious for adults, but practically impossible for children. With toy rotation, children have a manageable number of toys that they can independently clean up and keep tidy; it is good for everyone.

Aim for 20/80

Keep 20 percent of the toys out to play with at a time and keep the other 80 percent in a storage area, closet or basement that your children cannot access. Then, every ten days to a month, rotate out the items that aren’t getting much play. Your children will show you how often they expect toys to be rotated by being either engaged or bored.

Keep it Simple

When shelves and bins aren’t completely jumbled, it’s pleasing to the eye and easier to clean up. Create a clear and well-defined space for each item and designate a time each day to walk your child through the process of tidying up. Soon it will be second nature. Less mess makes me super happy, and probably a lot of you other mamas, too!

Identify Core Basics

In our house, some things never get rotated out. Among them, fuse beads, crayons and coloring books, Legos, and our daughter’s baby doll. These items get so much play so consistently; they are core basics that never need a break in order to be appealing and new again.

Rotate by Category

Group toys by similarity, for example, plush toys, or puzzles, or games, or stackers. Don’t have more than one stacker out at a time. If you have a dozen plush toys, only put out three or four at a time, and so on.

Out with the old, in with the new

As you buy or receive new toys and your children grow and their preferences change, take stock and prepare things for donation. It’s a great time to edit things that haven’t been getting as much play and when something it out of rotation, your child won’t notice that it never came back and is gone.

Do you rotate toys at your house? What has worked well and what hasn’t?

Want more Montessori posts? Visit Lindsey’s blog, Swiss Lark, also here are Lindey’s other posts on Kimmy & Bear:

Montessori tips for toddler playtime.

Baby #2 on the way? Montessori tips to cope with baby #1

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