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Let us sneak into Markus cloakroom or a GIANT POST

Today I was looking for a hat… a summer hat for Markus. And since my research takes time I thought to write a post about some of our discoveries, without which we couldn’t survive!!

First. Our Markus is good in “sweaty feet”, “wet sweaty head” and more “desirable” skills :)…

Here in London the weather is not as hot as it was in Portugal, I still remember his wet car seat and how I had to learn some tricks to keep my son fresh and comfortable. One of most important strategies to keep him fresh is to choose the right footwear and clothing.  Normally this means as natural as possible: wool, cotton, silk or bamboo fabrics, but not always and it’s proven by ergo baby! We had a carrier made from 100% polyester and we were super happy with it (the father adds: that was very much due to the 3D mesh they use)!

Other things we can’t survive without:

HATS.

Sterntaler or Pickapooh: both are super cool producers of hats and allrounders. First I found Pickapooh and bought a sun hat that protects from UV and has an excellent sun protection for eyes, face, ears and neck. And it was super duper hat that we used all 6 months in Portugal. After it I got one Sterntaler hat from a friend and I fell in love with it! It also had UV protection and it was from Pure Colour collection so it had a strong basic colour that can save your kid when he gets is lost in shopping – yes, it happened to me, I lost Markus during my shopping and the colour helped my to spot him much faster. And in the winter time I came back to Pickapooh and bought helmet. And even if Portuguese winters are not so cold, still this helmet saved our lives because of the rain. It was made from natural wool so it kept balanced temperature next to Markus head and he was protected from the wind as well.

In terms of quality and design there is no big difference between Sterntaler and Pickapooh products so it depends on what you are looking for, budget and probably which one of them you have closer to your living place.

Ahh.. I almost forgot that we had one of Engel hat too. It was when we moved to London and I found out that is super warm and comfortable hat! So I recommend it also!

OUTFITS

While we were living in Portugal we were dealing with Markus and his super powers to be sweating and wet all the time. For this there was only one solution – MERINO WOOL. It was the times when we used only two colours because of Green-Rose, it’s a small company in Lithuania and they have weird way of visual communication (colours and even fabrics are different on their page then in reality and they also have different assortment in the shop and online) and I never understood the way how they take pictures of their products in a way that you just can´t see (black skirt in a black background). But still, each time when I go to Lithuania I go straight to the Green-Rose shop to buy wool trousers for Markus (all the time the same colours :) because they are light and regulates his body temperature and price is affordable! Even now when we live in London and Markus is sweating less he is using trousers at home and pyjama at night that are made from bamboo and cotton. The quality of pyjama is not the best because it ages very fast but it keeps my son warm when he kicks his blanket away and cools him down when he is covering himself too much.

Ruskovilla – is other brand that I’m happy to share. My english is just to poor to express how we were lucky to try bodysuit of this brand. I just cannot dream about anything better. Must have!!!

SOCKS

I found super comfortable socks that Markus is using all the time since we are in London. Again is a German company named Hirsch Natur. We have 3 pairs of thin knit socks and 1 pair of medium knit that we use as home shoes. It s completely enough because I don´t need to wash them each day. It s natural wool so during the night socks are resting and next morning they are ready for long walks with Markus! Best thing for sweaty feet and for London weather as well.

SHOES

When Markus started to walk we needed more then socks but still not a heavy shoes and definitely something fresh because of the Portuguese weather… It took time to find something that made me happy. But I found it :) Pediped Original… They are super flexible and protecting the feet but are not to heavy! They have super cool sales all over the year and no worries that is USA, they are sending from nearest shop so it’s no extra costs for European customers. Of course later we needed more than one pair especially that our Markus is walking a lot and destroying shoes as his mother, so we are alternating with Clarks shoes and with sandals with wool socks, he loves it. Next thing we will try will be Pediped’s Flex Adventure sandals!

RAIN CLOTHES

We like to go outside and be not affected by weather, so we bought rain clothes for Markus, but hmmm… It was the last time I saved on Markus outfit :) because I chose less expensive and I’m a bit disappointed with our Regatta rain suit, because after 1 hour of walk in the rain Markus was wet. My friend said to try Reima products because all her 4 children are growing with them!

I think for know it s all..if one day I will remember something I will add 😉

 

5 WAYS TO CARRY OUR MARKUS THAT WE TESTED!

I would like to share my experience about how we “transport” our Markus.

First. Before Markus was born we received two kinds of carriers. We also received a stroller from a friend of Rodrigo, it was exactly like I wanted: 2in1 that you can use up part like portable baby car seat and after add the wheels and it had another up part for older kid that could be attached to the same wheels! Even the colours was beautiful: strong blue and brown… but I was mom without experience with strollers  :)… it was soooo difficult to manoeuvred it and climb sidewalks…

I will tell you one of my experiences… On a visit to my gynecologist, I went with my husband on the car but because of work he could not stay with me and bring me home. I had the stroller with wheels with me so that after doctor I could go home easily. But not!!!

stroller

I finished my consultation with the doctor and went home… it was not so far, about 2km. 2 km of problems like no crosswalks, small or no sidewalks at all, and cobblestone roads... Markus was crying all the time so I couldn’t do it anymore and took him on my arms: on one I had my baby and with the other I was pushing the stroller… hot day, bad road… I was so tired…

I don’t know, maybe because I was not enjoying stroller and Markus was feeling it, but he was also not happy in it…

Markus is helping me in the kitchen
Markus is helping me in the kitchen

So… after my experiences, after some more trying to learn how to use the stroller without any success I decided to look for alternatives.

We had 3 kinds of carriers at home.

First one I tried and didn’t like so we gave it to a friend.

Markus is resting in sling
Markus is resting in sling

With a second carrier that I bought from second-hand shop in Lithuania I was very happy! We was going out even when it was raining: Markus was cosy tied next to me… we were traveling by train, going for trips to Spain and spending our days outside: it was very easy to use this kind of carrier! When I was walking with it, Markus was facing frontwards (it was his favorite position), but you can use it in a side position and backwards.

But when Markus was 3 months old he started to be heavier and the adjustment metal ring started to hurt my shoulders, more precisely my bony shoulders :) so maybe for people who have more “protection” under the skin they can use this kid of carrier without uncomfortable feeling :)

how to use sling in winter time :)
how to use sling in winter time :)

I started to look again for something different and then I remembered that at home I still had one tissue that I never tried because it looked strange :)… it was long tissue. .. I couldn’t understand how to use it but I was so tired of pain on my shoulders that I decided to try. I found videos on YouTube how to use it and after 2 min of practicing I was ready to go out with my kid!

And it was a miracle!!!! I found out that this is one of the best things that we have for our baby! Markus was feeling very comfortable (before I couldn’t get him calm facing backwards) and sometimes that tissue was the  only solution to calm him down and make him go to sleep!!!
I’m advising everyone to try it! Even my husband was complaining that is very difficult to put it but that it was working to calm kid he didn’t have doubts :)

long tissue that looked difficult to use but was one of the best thing ever!
long tissue that looked difficult to use but was one of the best thing ever!

When Markus was 6 months old he started to move a lot and I didn’t feel comfortable any more. I needed something stronger and that I can trust to use on long trips with my growing kid.

After long research (in Portugal carriers are not so popular so it is difficult to find what I wanted in shops) I found this Spanish online shop that sends to Portugal for free and, as we experienced, very fast :). It’s called Mochilas Portabebés.

Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus in the summer  ;)
Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus in the summer ;)

And now we are happy with our Ventus Ergobaby carrier that they suggested to buy! We needed something that would be easy to put and remove, that would be comfortable in the sitting position, had a fresh tissue (our kid has very “nice” skill: he sweats a lot… so freshness is very important for us… special that we live in hot weather country) and finally would give us the possibility to carry Markus till he is 3 year old!

Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus
Ventus ErgoBaby + Markus

So this is our experience that maybe can be useful for someone who is looking for a carrier for their kid.

Some info about why is nice to carry our baby in the carrier can be found in Hipdysplasia, Mamasphere, Wellnessmama and Babycenter.

And new shop in Portugal that I found not so long time ago and they have some nice stuff!!! I realy like Leva-me contigo shop.