6 must haves for new Dad’s

Hejsan & Hello!

Jag skrev ner en lista pÄ saker som jag tycker Àr nödvÀndiga att ha som en nybliven pappa. Jag hoppas att det hjÀlper dig som som just blivit en fförÀlder eller vÀntar barn.
Here’s a list I wrote on essential baby items I couldn’t live without as a father of three. I hope they are useful in navigating this new exciting life that you will embark on.

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1.Bilstol En viktig pryl för din bebis som mÄste vara ordentligt fastsatt i en bilstol. SÀtet mÄste vara anpassat för ditt barn och mÄste fungera i din bil. Inte alla bilstolar hÄller samma kvalité, du kanske vill övervÀga en som har en bas som finns kvar i bilen med ett avtagbart sÀte för barnet som du enkelt kan bÀra runt. Hitta en som funkar för din familj.
1.Car Seat This is an essential item for your baby. Anytime you are in a car, the baby needs to be securely fastened in a car seat. The seat must be appropriately sized for your baby and must work in your car. Not all car seats are created equal. You may want to consider a seat that has a base that is left in the car with a detachable seat for the baby that you can easily carry around. But no baby can safely be without a car seat if you plan to move about in a car. Find one that suits you and your family.

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2.Digital\Video kamera: NÀstan varje far och mÄnga mammor som jag kÀnner vill ha en bra digitalkamera för att spela in de viktiga ögonblicken i deras barns utveckling, eller bara för att skicka bilder av det sötaste barnen nÄgonsin. Att ha en bra digitalkamera med mycket lagringsutrymme eller plats för ett högkapacitets minneskort Àr en bra investering.
2.Digital/Video Camera: Just about every father and many mothers I know wants a good digital camera to record those vital moments in their baby’s development, or just to post pictures of the cutest baby ever. Having a good digital camera with a lot of storage space or room for a high capacity memory card is a great investment.

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3.SkötvĂ€ska: En blöj vĂ€ska/ skötvĂ€ska gör att man enklare fĂ„r ordning pĂ„ allt bebisen behöver nĂ€r man Ă€r ute. Du kommer att bĂ€ra pĂ„ den en hel del. DĂ€rför valde jag en enkel bekvĂ€m men som inte “clashar” med min stil för mycket. Men som ocksĂ„ har utrymme för mina grejer, en bok eller en bĂ€rbar data.
3. Diaper Bag: A good quality diaper bag with all the important contents for the baby is an absolutely essential part of the baby’s kamera stuff. It will be the one item you will be seen carrying😊 therefore I chose a simple comfortable one that I can also fit my books and a laptop in.

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4.Burp cloth – bib: En annan stor överraskning som en ny pappa var hur mycket vĂ„r baby spydde upp. Jag fick bytta t-shirt konstant. En hel del leverans av burpduk kommer behövas under dom första mĂ„naderna, som du enkelt hittar hos flesta babyförsĂ€ljning affĂ€rer. Ingen idea att klĂ€ upp sig utan en till hands, det lovar jag 😉
4.Burp Cloths: Another big surprise I had as a new father was how much our baby spit up. A ready supply of burp cloth is important for dads and babies which you can purchase in most baby supply stores. Don’t even bother getting dressed up, without one at hand.

Bilbarnstol

5.Barnvagn: Det Àr övervÀldigande som en nybliven pappa och det Àr lÀtt att kÀnna sig fast hemma med den nya bebisen. Det kommer inte som nÄgon överraskning att din rörlighet begrÀnsas. En barnvagn med kvalitet, och med justerande handtag sÄ du slipper böja över hela tiden, Àr ju ett mÄste. SÀrskilt om du Àr lÄng. Det var inte enkelt för mig att hitta en anpassad för lÀngre mÀnniskor, men den jag har fÄr duga.
5.Stroller: It is overwhelming experince to become father for the first time and its easy for a new dad to feel trapped at home with the new bor. It comes as no surprise that your mobility is effected . A good quality stroller, with handles long enough that you can walk without bending over all the time, is an important item. Particularly if you are on the tall side of the spectrum. And getting one that will serve you and your baby as she or he grows makes the relatively large investment a little easier to digest.

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6.Rash-creme – Aprikosolja: Som tre barns pappa sĂ„ jag har jag sĂ€kerligen prövat mĂ„nga hudutslag krĂ€mer, salvor m.m. MĂ„nga av dem var inte helt dĂ„liga och gav en viss effekt mot utslaget och en aning förbĂ€ttring. Men nĂ€stan alla dem jag anvĂ€nde innehöll mĂ„nga ingredienser som irriterar huden och som inte Ă€r bra pĂ„ lĂ„ng sikt. Jag fick av min kusin Desse Apricotolja för nĂ„gra Ă„r sedan och det har varit en game-changer sedan dess. Denna produkt Ă€r inte bara bra mot irriterad och rodnad utan alla typer av skĂ€rningar. Det Ă€r en helande salva som kan anvĂ€ndas för att hydrera huden, motverka torra lĂ€ppar. Varje gĂ„ng jag har anvĂ€nt, sĂ„ har det alltid gett omedelbar resultat och förbĂ€ttring. Och det bĂ€sta av allt Ă€r att det Ă€r framkallat pĂ„ aprikosolja och det Ă€r helt naturligt.

6.Rash cream – Apricot oil: As a father of three children, it’s safe to say I have tried many rash lotion/creams/ balm. Many of them were not bad as far as soothing the rash and improving it. But almost all of the ones I used where made with a lot of ingredients that are not safe or good in the long run. I was given by my cousing Desse Apricot oil a couple of years ago and it has been a game changers ever since. This product is not only great for diaper rash but all types of cuts. It is a healing balm that can be used to hydrate the skin, cracked lips. Every time I have used when one of my kids had a rash, it gave instant results of improvement. And the best of all it’s made of apricot oil and its all natural.

Gröna Lund – Family & Fun

 

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Hejsan vÀnner

Den hĂ€r veckan sĂ„ har min familj varit pĂ„ besök hos oss. Vi har alla sĂ€tt fram emot det och nu Ă€r dom Ă€ntligen hĂ€r. Den hĂ€r gĂ„ngen kom min mamma (oma) och mina tvĂ„ systrar. Vi Ă„kte till gröna lund via bĂ„t frĂ„n slussen till DjurgĂ„rden. Vi hade en underbar dag, vi omgĂ„s mer nu Ă€n vad vi gjorde nĂ€r jag bodde i Tyskland. Jag tror att det beror pĂ„ att man tar allt för givet nĂ€r man bor sĂ„ nĂ€ra varandra. Nu nĂ€r vi bor i olika lĂ€nder sĂ„ uppskattar vi verkligen den tid vi har tillsammans mer. Ens familj, Ă€r ett av dom grejerna vi tar mest förgivet hĂ€r i livet , vi uppskattar varandra alldeles för lite. Det finns ett citat som verkligen resonera hos mig och det lyder: “Dead people receive more flowers than the living, because regret is stronger than gratitude”. AssĂ„ fattar ni hur sjukt det Ă€r, helt galet att vi visar sĂ„ lite uppskattning av nĂ€ra och kĂ€ra. Hur grymt skulle det vara, om man dök upp pĂ„ en mĂ„ndag med blommor till ens mamma, pappa eller syskon, utan nĂ„gon anledning förutom att visa uppskattning och kĂ€rlek. Mer kĂ€rlek och uppskattning sa nĂ„gon aldrig nej till 🙂

 

Hi friends

This week, my family came to visit us. We all have been looking forward and now they are finally here. This time my mom (grandmother) and my two sisters came. We went to Gröna lund and got on boat from slussen to DjurgĂ„rden. We had a wonderful day, we spend more quality time now then when I lived in Germany. I think it’s because you take everything for granted when you live so close to each other. Now that we live in different countries, we really appreciate the time we have together . One’s family is one of the things we take for granted, as a result, we end up appreciating each other way too little. There is a quote that really resonated with me. It states: “Dead people receive more flowers than the living, because regret is stronger than gratitude”. Do you realize how insane that is? It is sad that we show little appreciation to our loved ones. How amazing would it be if one showed up on a Monday with flowers to one’s mother, dad or sibling just to show their appreciation and love for them. More love and appreciation, because no one ever said no to that 🙂

Brunnsvikens trÀdgÄrd & Café

 

Hejsan kÀra vÀnner!

HĂ€r om dan tog jag barnen till Brunnsvikens trĂ€dgĂ„rd ute pĂ„ Ulriksdals. Det var rĂ€tt enkelt att ta sig hit och vĂ€dret var sĂ„ dĂ€r perfekt lagom för att plocka grönsaker, bĂ€r och frukt. Mina barn sprang runt med varsin korg och plockade till sig allt möjligt dom kunde hitta i trĂ€dgĂ„rden, det var verkligen bland det roligast dom har gjort. Jag Ă€r helt förtjust i alla barnvĂ€nliga aktiviteter som finns i Stockholm. Som en expat (utomlandsboende) tysk pappa till 3 underbara barn, sĂ„ har jag velat upptĂ€cka Stockholm och samtidigt hitta roliga stĂ€llen för barnen att leka. Den hĂ€r bloggen Ă€r just för att dokumentera min resa och inspirera förĂ€ldrar att vĂ„ga sig pĂ„ allt galet vi hittar pĂ„ 😁😁😁

Hi dear friends!

The other day me and the children went to Brunnsviken’s garden located in Ulriksdals. It was quite easy to get here and the weather was perfect for picking vegetables, berries and fruits. The kids got each a basket and picked everything they could find in the garden, it was truly an amazing experience. I am totally fond of all child-friendly activities you can find in Stockholm. As an expat (foreign resident) German father to 3 wonderful children, I have wanted to discover Stockholm and at the same time find fun places for my children to discover. In this blog you can get to know me more and i hope to inspire parents to try some of all the crazy things we get up to.😁😁😁

Traveling back in time – Akalla by –

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stopped by Husbygard on our way

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We spent the day in Akalla by (farm), this place takes you back in time.  The red wooden houses bring  so much character to the area. There is a playground, paddling pool, 4H farm with animals, (pony riding for kids) a cafĂ©, a barbecue area, a dance floor, a mini-golf course and bicycles to rent (including children’s bicycles and trailers). There is a complete outdoor gym. There are so many activities here for everyone, most importantly it’s child friendly.  I have been here before but this time we came for the pony riding. Unfortunately we came too late and ended up missing it, so we spent the day in the farm interacting with the animals. We ended the day in Bibbi house,  a lebanese/moroccan restaurant.  If you want to walk from Akalla by (farm) to Bibbi house , it’s possible, but a you’re in for a long walk. Ones there it is worth the walk, they have an amazing outdoor seating area and the food is great.

Enjoy your day

Until next time

 

Garden boat lunch in Stockholm

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This is the deck part of the restaurant where you can dive off and swim

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MĂ€larpaviljongen located in kungsholmen

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The entrance of the restaurant looks like a garden

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Todays lunch

Wallenbergare med potatispuré, skirat smör, gröna Àrtor och rÄrörda lingon

Wallenbergare (meat)  with mashed potatoes, a dash of butter served with cranberry

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Caesar salad & rÀkor (prawns)

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Enjoying my alcohol free beer at the pier

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Would love to sit here with a drink , but not an option when you’re with 3 kids 🙂 unless you want  to suffer a heart attack  in the process 🙂

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Perfect pier for some (fika)

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Welcome back friends,

I  came a across this lovely place in Kungsholmen a couple of days ago when we went there for a swim. I decided to come back here someday, that day has come haha.  I don’t really know how to describe it, its a floating garden that serves food and drinks 🙂  they have a deck where you you can dive off and swim, come back and continue dining haha, sounds confusing, but it’s not,  it was simply built convenient and magical.  It’s called MĂ€larpaviljongen and it’s located in kungsholmen. If you are planning to visit, the easiest route would be getting off the train at Fridhemsplan in the blue line.. I ordered Wallenbergare (meat) with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and I got their caesar salad, which I assumed came with grilled chicken, I found out it can be served with anything. The caesar salad came with prawns, it was fresh and simple, I liked it. I took the kids for a swim afterwards to cool down from the heat and got wet in the process 🙂 We ended the day with some (fika) Alcohol free beer for me and some ice cream for my kids at the pier. City hall (stadshuset) is located here, it has a beautiful garden to sit and relax in and a prefect place to take some pictures with amazing view over Stockholm. There is so much to discovered here, the pier is stacked with so many restaurants and ice creams places to choose from, you can catch a boat from here to other islands around Stockholm, start your journey, discover Stockholm your way and have fun doing it.

Enjoy your view

until next time.

Chill day at Josefina Djurgarden

 

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Boarding our boat

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Arrived shortly after

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Can’t complain with a view like this

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Pizza kind of day

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Coffee break

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Welcome back friends,

Today was no ordinary day, the temperature here in stockholm reached 31 celsius, and I am not complaining because I enjoy hot, sunny days.  However it was one of the hotter days of the year, which Stockholm has been having plenty of lately.  We wanted to spend the day relaxing  at a poolside, eating, and doing pretty much nothing. We got off the train at kungstradgarden, the end station for the blue line, walked to slussen where we got on a boat heading towards Djurgarden. My kids loved the boat ride and i enjoyed it too, i truly recommend anyone wanting to visit Djurgarden to catch the boat, its an adventure you will remember. The scenery was amazing. Ones in Djurgarden, we went to this place called Josefina, its a Bar/ poolside/ restaurant type of place but its lovely and kids friendly too. We sat at the poolside, swam and ordered pizza. My kids asked me are we coming back tomorrow? We have to come back tomorrow again 🙂 Lets just say they had a great time.

Hope you had just as great day 🙂

Until next time

Sun and fun in Kungsholmen

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We where too excited about the bread to remember to take picture of our dinner

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Elias started off with a nice blue t-shirt

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The proof is on the shirt 🙂

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Welcome back Friends,

We spent the day in Kungsholmen walking along (smedsuddsbadet) at the beachside. It was 28 degrees, sunny and lovely and we, (me and my three kids) went for a dip in the water, for some well needed cooling down.  We had an early dinner at 7 pm at a cosy french seaside restaurant called Boulebar, they had amazing food, and even my kids didn’t need much bribing or any convincing to finish their plates. Check it out if you enjoy french cuisine or not hahaha, I think you will find something to enjoy, if even just a drink and a nice view 🙂 Our day ended with a lovely walk along the pier, and what better way to enjoy the sunset than with an ice cream.

I hope you had lovely day 🙂

Edsviken kind of day

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My kids loved Ante

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Ante 

Hello dear friends,

The day started very early, I went for a 30 min run in the morning.  The kids wanted to go to the seaside in Edsviken, we had a relaxing day with a picnic near the water.  I met the most lovely elderly couple, they were so friendly and we ended up having a really deep and meaningful conversation, about history, Germany, Sweden, life and everything in between. We exchanged contact details, i hope to meet them very soon. They had a dog which my kids loved and played with.

Hejsan alla vÀnner,

Vi vaknade tidigt, jag sprang 30 min innan frukost. Barnen ville gÄ till stranden ute pa Edsviken, vi hade en avkopplande dag med en picknick nÀra vattnet. Vi trÀffade otroligt snÀllt Àldre par som var ute med deras hund, de var sÄ vÀnliga och vi hade en skon och meningsfull konversation, om historia, Tyskland, Sverige, livet och allt dÀremellan. Vi bytte kontaktuppgifter, jag hoppas att vi kan trÀffa dem snart. De hade en hund (ante) som mina barn Àlskade och lekte med.