What Your Child Needs for the First Year of School


I learned that many parents (I was one) were eager to get the official list of items their children would need for the first year of school early. One of the reasons is usually to buy those things cheaper while they go on summer holiday abroad.

But the truth is, the “official” things listed are not many. And all can be bought here inside CH inexpensively. The list usually short and consists of:

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Hôpital des Nounours – at CHUV 1-2 Nov 2014



I bet your child have a sick or injured plush. Worry not, the “nounoursologues” at the Hôpital des Nounours (Teddy Bear hospital) will treat all plush animals on Saturday 1 Nov 2014 from 8:30am to 5pm and Sunday 2 Nov from 1 to 5pm.

The Hôpital des Nounours is a project of the Swiss Medical Students Association (swimsa). It is organized by medical students of the UNIL and the nursing students of HESAV, supported by the Department of Pediatrics.

This project aims to bring the child-friendly atmosphere of the hospital, so that the children become familiar with the medical world and don’t have fear. Young children (recommended ages 4-10y) can bring their sick plush to be treated by the “nounoursologues“. The children will also discover different parts of hospital, such as the waiting room, pharmacy, MRI and the operating room. This year they will also add a bit of microbiology and pharmacy. And finally, as we’re approaching the arrival of the annual wave of flu, the nounoursologues will again offer a workshop for washing hands in a fun and educational way.

The event is free and these 2 days are open to public (they have other dates for schools). More info here.

Vas-y Tuti ! – by Isabelle Jacquemain at BMJ

There are shows by Isabelle Jacquemain at the BMJ this and next weeks. See the photo below (taken from a flyer) for more info.


Favorite Corners : Payot Libraire

You must know by now that I love books. The last few months, my kids and I have been going to this corner of Payot bookstore very often.


This is the area where they have the books from l’école des loisirs, of which we are HUGE fans. Very good quality story books for babies and younger children, by well-known illustrators and authors. The ones on those shelves on the right are my current favorites. They are thin, light and the perfect size to carry around inside my bag. I carry 2-3 of them all the time and they never failed to work their magic to my kids. FYI we commute by train and I don’t give my kids my iPhone to play with in public places as I am too scared someone will steal it directly from their hands. So I use books instead 😉

The books cost only around CHF7 each, and if you and/or your kids read French, I think they would make excellent stocking fillers. They are also good books to learn/improve French, btw.

Payot Libraire
Place Pépinet 4
1003 Lausanne

*This is not a sponsored post. I’m just a happy costumer.

Vache de Noël – at BMJ, 3-18 Dec 2013

Isabelle Jacquemain will be back at the Children’s Library (BMJ) this holiday season! This time with her Christmas cows!

I have listened to Isabelle’s stories during the Mario Ramos event at BMJ and she was awesome. So don’t miss it! See the schedule below:


Walk to School Day – Tomorrow, 20 Sept 2013


My daughter school is only 50m away and my son’s pre-school is 7 min on foot so that we walk to school everyday.

But for those of you who usually take the car, perhaps you can participate tomorrow. I agree that there are many benefits for the children, as well as for the adults who drive/ride. The children can learn how to walk on and use the street safely, and be familiar with their route to school. And the adults can see the importance of paying more attention to the little pedestrians.

More information about this program and more here (in French).

New School: Oxford International College Switzerland in Château-d’Oex

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I have two good news. First, Lausanne Mom has a new sponsor. And there is an even better news, this new sponsor is a new international school. From 12 September 2013, Oxford International College Switzerland, located in the center of Château-d’Oex, will welcome 60 students aged 14-18. The school takes over the Perce-Neige guest house (originally built in 1905 as a boarding school for young ladies of good standing) that will allow them to have both international boarders and day students in the school.


The school founders, a husband-and-wife team, Barbara and Pascal Lorenzetti, have had many years of international life. They have raised their three children in different countries, so that they understand the need of many expat parents when it comes to picking the right school for their children.

If you are looking for a school for your children who are in this age range, you really should check their website for the academic and other programs (sports, cultural activities) that they offer in the school. There will also be an information weekend, coming on the weekend of 20-21 April 2013 (registration through their website). The information weekend will take place at Hôtel de Ville, Grande Rue 70, Château-d’Oex (opposite the Town Hall).

For more information, please contact:
Direct dial +41 (0) 78 805 04 05
Email: info (AT) oicswitzerland (DOT) com

*Photo courtesy of Oxford International College Switzerland

This & That Week #7 – February 2013

Only a few more days until the February school holiday! Are you ready? 🙂

  • The International Day of Childhood Cancer Awareness is this Friday, 15 Feb 2013 and there will be events and a walk through Lausanne (Flon-CHUV). More info here. (The info came from Nicole, a local mama who blogs about her life in CH and her fights against her child’s cancer. Visit her blog here).
  • Lausanne Chamber Orchestra will have their special “discovery” concert on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 starting at 5PM. These concerts are tailored to young viewers. They offer a pedagogical approach to classical music, as well as masterpieces of the repertoire (this time they will play Mozart’s). The concerts last about 50 minutes. For more info and how to get tickets (CHF10 & 15) click here.
  • Activities during the school holiday for 10-14Y, part of the “Moi & les autres” projects. More info here.
  • Also part of “Moi & les autres” projects, a photo competition for 7-12Y, 13-16Y, and from 16Y!
  • New course dates from Health First: First Aid for Child Injuries (Tuesday 11 June 2013, 6:30-10PM, info here) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Babies and Children (Tuesday 23rd April, 6:30-10PM, info here)
  • In case you haven’t heard this: Autour de bébé and King Jouet now open in Bessières (Rue de Saint-Martin 3). And a representative of Babyzou* just let me know that they now also open on Mondays.

Have a great snowy week ahead!

*Babyzou is a long-time and current sponsor of Lausanne Mom.

End of 2012 Holiday Giveaways: Free classes from L’écoline in St. Sulpice!

I was contacted recently by Marion Julia, the managing director of the new bilingual school L’écoline in St. Sulpice. She kindly offered me four free classes (1 class for each course they have at the moment) to giveaway to Lausanne Mom readers. Of course I took the offer as I have heard great feedback about this new school.

There are currently four classes going (the baking and decorating will start in January) and they are all open-ended classes.

  • Theater (Commedia del’Arte), 4-8Y. On Mondays, 4:30-5:30PM
  • Sweet Baking and decorating (by Nikki of Toute Sweet), 3-12Y. On Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30PM
  • Baby’Arts (introduction to theater, dance and music). On Wednesday from 9-10AM (for 3 to 4 years old) and from 10-11AM (for 4 to 5 years old)
  • English through music, 3-6Y. On Thursdays, from 4:30-5:30PM

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment letting us know which class you would like to win (you may list more than one class, but you can only win one). Comments are accepted until Monday, 10 Dec 2012 at 11:59PM. As usual, the 4 winners will be picked by random.org. Note that there is no obligation to enroll for full program when you win the class. You may claim your free class anytime between January and June 2013.

For more information, please visit L’écoline website and get updated to news through their facebook page.

*Photographs copyright: Marion Julia/L’écoline/Toute Sweet

Winner announcement on 13 Dec 2012

The lucky mamas who were picked by random.org to get free classes from L’écoline are:

  • Adriana – English through music
  • Eri – Baby’Arts
  • Vidhya – Theater
  • Valeria – Sweet Baking and Decorating

I will email the 4 winners personally regarding their prizes. I thank all of you for participating, and Marion for the generous prizes and the possibility to host this giveaway.

Happy Holidays!

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