Cool Info for Parents in Lausanne, Switzerland

Mothering & Breastfeeding: LLL Lausanne Meeting, 28 June 2012

Breastfeeding or planning to do it for your baby?

Michelle, an LLL leader based in Nyon, had initiated a breastfeeding support group, in English, in Lausanne. This group has had a few meetings in the last months and the next one will come on Thursday. I plan to come myself (I’m still nursing my 13-mo toddler), so perhaps I’ll see you there!

LLL Lausanne English Group
Breastfeeding & Mothering Support Group

Next LLL Series Meeting:

DATE:     Thursday, 28 June 2012
HOST:     Inna, Avenue de Lavaux 76, Pully
Time:      10:15-12:00 (doors open 10:00)

Contact:
Michelle, LLL Leader
mwe_lll [at] yahoo.ca
suisse-romande.lalecheleague.ch/LausanneEn.html
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LLLSuisseRomande

Participants are asked to contribute something healthy to eat.

Winner of CHF50 Voucher from Boutique Signorelli

I just returned last night from our Easter trip to Copenhagen, so that I hope you understand why this announcement comes so late.

Here it is — picked by random.org… the winner of CHF50 voucher giveaway from Boutique Signorelli is… *drum roll*

commenter#2: Heidi!

Congrats, Heidi! I guess now you can get that “Striped Shirt Body White And Navy Mirtillo” for your little man! I will send you a personal email regarding the voucher.

I thank you all for participating and Tracy Signorelli for the possibility to run this giveaway.

 

Boutique Signorelli — with a Voucher Giveaway!

I was recently approached by Tracy Signorelli. She is Australian, a mother of two, and lives with her husband and children in the city of Luzern. She recently opened an online shop for baby and kids clothing called Boutique Signorelli.

This is how she described it in her own words: “I love dressing my children nicely and have always spent a lot of time finding brands and styles that are different to suit them and their individual personalities. I have sourced some wonderful and individual clothing brands for my boutique and will slowly add more to my site as I get established”

And yes, as the result, the collection is adorable. My personal picks would be these ones: for my 3.5-y.o. daughter, a Frilly Frenchi’s Underwear Set in pink (CHF27.50, left), and for my 11-m.o. son, an organic baby bodysuit “I’m super” (CHF13, right).

Don’t you agree that they are super cute and the price tags are very reasonable? To make the shopping experience better, there is also free shipping for all orders over CHF50!

And now the best part, Tracy was so kind that she agreed to give one reader a voucher worth CHF50. To enter the giveaway contest, let us know which product is your favorite from the boutique (it doesn’t have to be the one you’ll spend the voucher on if you won it). Comments are accepted until next Tuesday 3 April at 11:59pm. One comment per person, only eligible for readers who reside in Switzerland.

Good luck!

 *Images courtesy of Boutique Signorelli

My Doula and I – Birth and Post-Partum Stories

I feel terrible doing this post VERY late. My baby boy is now 10 month-old, which means I am 10 month late of showing my gratitude to one of the dearest persons I’ve ever known in my life — Inna, my doula. You know, it is very difficult to do a “public” post when there is a lot of emotion involve. And please don’t expect this to be objective, as it is not. But I learned that this week is the World Doula Week, so what a timing to finally post this.

I met Inna through another doula who was supposed to be my doula. Due to family obligation, she could not be there around my due date. She recommended Inna. I didn’t immediately like the idea, as I wasn’t sure I wanted someone I had never heard of before as my doula. But we didn’t have family around. I was afraid that no one would be there for me if the babysitter for my 2-y.o. daughter could not come and my husband had to take care of her. So I contacted Inna.

Inna is a Swiss, originally from Ticino, but had lived in the US for several years and just moved back to Lausanne when I met her (April 2011). She is trained as a nurse, and then on training to be a doula. She had been following my blog so she felt like she knew me, and somehow I also felt the same. I like her almost instantly, kind of love at first sight. We had similar birth experiences, which I think really connected us in the beginning. As I was expecting my second baby, I did not need the pre-natal care, only during labor and delivery. I met Inna once alone, and another time with my husband. The next one was already when I was in labor.

My labor began at 3am. I recognized it immediately. I was really happy, and excited to meet my little man soon. The contraction was strong but not too painful and very irregular, so that I only sent Inna a text to be ready but she didn’t have to come yet. The painful contractions started at around 2:30pm. I called Inna and she arrived soon later. She was really wonderful. The two of us were a wonderful team. Together we tried to manage the pain of the contractions. She helped with massages and labor positions that I felt most comfortable with. She also reminded me to drink and eat, as well as suggested some labor “remedies”. One of the most helpful thing I found was that she took care of noting down the duration of the contractions, so that I could relax. Contrary to the labor of my first baby, instead of checking the clock, I could just listen to what my body told me and prepare myself best for the coming contractions. I felt in control and cared for. With these, I was not afraid of the contractions. I knew that each contraction, while painful, brought me one step closer to welcoming my baby. And I was at home, free from any needle or machine, and could even attend my daughter in between contractions. See my pic below, Inna took it in between contractions. I really smiled, it was a hard but happy labor.

In the end, the whole labor was done at home, and at 7pm I arrived at the hospital (CHUV) only to push. In fact, the baby was almost born in the lobby as I felt the urge to push immediately after we arrived. I sank onto the floor (there, see the arrow on the pic) as I swear I felt the baby’s head was coming.

Then, again, having Inna was priceless. My husband was busy with paying the taxi and bringing my bag. Inna was with me at all times. She yelled to some people there to help. I think only visitors were there at that time, as the reception at the maternity department had closed. Somebody grabbed a wheelchair and they lifted me onto the wheelchair. Inna pushed me to the delivery theater. I remember my eyes followed all the signs (Salle d’accouchements, yellow arrow below), hoping to see the final turn. But I knew it was a quick ride (approx. 50m) so that I calmed down a bit.

Arriving in the room, they quickly moved me to the bed. Pushing was easy peasy. Really. It felt so natural that I didn’t do any effort. My baby just glided out. No pain. No tear. No needle.

The hospital record says:

  • Arrival at the maternity: 19:05
  • Pushing: 2 min
  • Birth time: 19:08

You see, I had a REALLY wonderful birth experience and obviously having Inna as my doula had contributed to it enormously. Here’s a pic of the three of us after the birth — Inna, baby boy and I. I don’t know why I didn’t look happy there, probably too stunned to smile :)

When she was my doula, Inna was still in training. To qualify as a doula, she had to assist 2 birthing mothers. She needed me, so that she didn’t charge me anything. I didn’t mind paying though, as she was so helpful and that I finally had a beautiful birth experience (which also means I recovered almost instantly).

The doula story didn’t end there.

Fast forward four months, I had a mild depression. I was unhappy and fed up with our house (we moved to a new house 2 months before). I was tired and needed a break. All of a sudden everything piled up. I hadn’t had any vacation for a whole year, which was hard after carrying a pregnancy, taking care of a newborn and a pre-schooler, organizing the moving house, packing and unpacking, decorating, … the list seemed endless. Those, and perhaps the changing of the hormones, made me blue.

Re-enter Inna. She gladly helped me as my post-partum doula. She came 1-2 times per week for a couple of hours. It immediately changed the whole situation. Just having her around already made me feel better. She also helped with anything that I needed to do. From taking care of the kids, to washing the dishes, to taking me grocery shopping. It was amazing to see how a couple of hours of help could boost my mood. For example, on our very first session, I (finally) could plucked my eyebrows and quickly applied nail polish, and boy how I felt much better afterwards that I could pamper myself! Having her around again was a bliss!

The post-partum doula support last around 3 weeks. I was a much MUCH better person again after. I was glad that I had such help before things got much worse. As someone who is usually very positive, it really sucks to be unhappy.

The best thing is that Inna and I remained very good friends until now. So there you know why this post could never be objective as, man, I love this lady!

(Happy Doula Week, my sweet Inna!)

To contact Inna:
Corinna Rasmann
Français, Italiano, English, Espanol
076 321 26 08
corinnarasmann (AT) gmail (DOT) com

http://www.co-naitre.ch/le-reseau-de-professionnels/doulas/

More on Sture & Folke Blankets

I wasn’t expecting anything when I posted about Sture & Folke baby blankets a few days back. But this came in the post today — as a thank you and holiday gift from Karin.

Oh. My. Goodness., this blanket is über gorgeous. It’s super soft and the color is so “rich and royal”. I especially love that a part of it is made of corduroy, and that the ribbons/tags used are really beautiful and have different textures. I hope you can see it in the couple of shots I made this morning, but I have to say that the blanket is even better “in person”!

I’m wrapping this blanket now for my baby’s Christmas present :) I already plan to use it as his living room blanket as the colors match perfectly and it is simply too beautiful not to showcase to our guests :D

Thank you so much, Karin!

Karin’s workshop is located in Préverenges
email: karinstenmarck (AT) msn (DOT) com
http://stureandfolke.com

Sture & Folke – Hand Made Baby Blankets

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Karin, who just started a hand made baby blanket business in the area. I thought I had to get the post out today — what could be better than a post about cuddly blankets in such awful weather! Did I mention already that the blankets are hand-made? Oh yes, I’m always so excited when it comes to a crafty mom going entrepreneurial!

Here’s more about Sture & Folke baby blankets in Karin’s own words:

My STURE & FOLKE baby blankets are the result of my wanting to give my own two sons, Sture and Folke, the warmest and softest baby blanket in which to sleep. I tried so hard to find something special that was not only warm and cozy but also playful and beautiful. I gave up searching and decided to make them myself. My aim was to make something not only for the cot and buggy but also a blanket that I could use everywhere. For example to put on the floor in the living room that also functions as a nice decoration as well as a soft play rug. All my blankets are unique and each one is created for the individual who will use it.

My inspiration comes from nature in Sweden (where I am from) and watching my boys on our daily walks by Lake Geneva. The spectrum of colours are taken from all that I see and love: flowers, water, birds, mountains, leaves, snow, clouds… 

My workshop is located in Préverenges, in case you are interested to take a closer look.
email: karinstenmarck (AT) msn (DOT) com
phone: 078-906 7710

See more on the website: http://stureandfolke.com


Note: A few days after this post went up, I received a surprised gift from Karin — one of her gorgeous baby blankets for my baby boy. See my personal review about it here.

Giveaway Contest from Gym Nature

The second giveaway contest this week! This really feels like Christmas! :)

This giveaway is sponsored by Gym Nature (see this post for more info about their activity)

The prizes are:

  • 3 PRENATAL GYM NATURE lessons of 1h00 (value: 180CHF), or
  • 5 GYM POUSSETTE lessons of 1h20 (value: 90CHF)

Two winners will be picked at the end of the contest and each can choose which prize to take.

To enter the contest, please let us know which part of the day you would prefer to exercise in the comment section below (not on facebook page). Comments are accepted until Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 at 11:59pm.

Two winners will be picked by their comment numbers, using random number generator on random.org. I will announce the winners on the blog and will email the winner individually.

Good luck and stay healthy, moms!

Bibs by SessaKids

The post is written by guest blogger Jennifer. I just love, love, love it when a crafty mom goes entrepreneurial. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

My friend Petra gave me a pair of reversible cotton pants and bib when my son Jonathan was born last January. She told me her friend Svenja had made them.

Johnny grew quickly enough, that he only wore the pants a few times before they were too small, however, I lent them to a friend in Zurich who had a baby in May and she said her baby wore them most of the summer and he loved them.

I want to write about her bibs though. I didn’t know when I first used her bib, how much I would like it. It was the first bib I actually used. I used for a meal and after the meal, I would wipe it clean and it would be ready for the next meal. In the beginning, I would only need to wash it once a week in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry.

As Johnny got a bit older (and a bit messier), I tried a few different bibs because my favourite bib was not always ready. However, I could use any of the cloth bibs only once before they needed to be washed. I also tried a plastic bib I had bought while I was on vacation. It did not wash well in the washer and essentially just disintegrated.

Svenja makes her bibs from oilcloth with bias binding and in a variety of colors.

Last week, I just bought five more bibs from Svenja and tossed the rest. I use one for a few days, and wipe it clean after each use. When it is dirty, I toss it in with the laundry.

It makes the mess easier to clean up and less laundry to do. What else do you need?

If you want to try a bib of your own, Svenja’s website is under construction (www.sessakids.com), but you can email her at: info (AT) sessakids.com

You can also find her in the artisans-createurs de la Palud the first Friday of each month from March to November and the first 3 Fridays in December.

Craft Workshops at “Atelier 3 petits points” – Lausanne

If you’re feeling like doing something crafty but don’t know how to start, here’s a way! I received the information from Haruka (who’s currently the organizer of the Starbucks M&M2B coffee meetings) that she and two other mothers were starting craft workshops, called “Atelier 3 petits points“. In the beginning they will offer painting and decoupage, as well as sewing workshops. The best part is, participants can bring their babies to class!

Courses will start on November 7th and all workshops will have an English speaking instructor. The sewing workshop can be instructed in German and Czech, in addition to French/English. There will be open house on 26-28 Oct (10am-4pm), and sign-ups on these dates get a special discount (more info here).

Atelier 3 petits points
Avenue d’Echallens 13
1004 Lausanne
Just across from the children’s library (Bibliothèque jeunesse à l’avenue d’Echallens)
Email: contact (AT) atelier3petitspoints.ch

Image was screenshot from http://atelier3petitspoints.ch/
© 2011 Atelier 3 petits points

BabyLi.st – A Universal Baby Registry

A couple of months ago I looked for a universal baby registry that suited my need but I gave up soon after. I had never thought that my criteria were so hard to meet, but it was really difficult to find one that:

  1. allows me to put my Swiss address (even the universal registry of Amazon.com couldn’t do this!)
  2. accepts anything I throw into my registry from any online shop worldwide
  3. not forcing my friends and family to sign up to anything when they reserve to buy the present

Three days ago, this prayer had just been answered. One of my most favorite blogs Ohdeedoh post about Babyli.st and I tested it right away.

BabyLi.st was very user-friendly and I really could put anything I want in my registry, including gift vouchers from Swiss Post Shop and nursery prints from Etsy. The kind people who reserve the present will only need to give an email for a confirmation, instead of signing up to be a member. As we are expecting our second child, we really want to avoid getting more clothes and toys, and instead get something that is really needed (or will be truly appreciated) even when it’s not directly for the baby, and it’s possible with BabyLi.st.

So, if you are expecting and need a universal baby registry, I really recommend to try BabyLi.st. And in case, ehm, you want to get something for us, our baby registry can be found here. ;)

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