My favorite: GUGGUU (kids clothing)

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Ok, so I had decided long time ago that I wouldn’t talk about brands in this blog. If I don’t have collaboration with any brands, I shouldn’t talk about them either. Right? 

No niin, olin siis päättänyt jo kauan sitten, etten ota brändejä käsittelyyn tässä blogissa. Jos en tee yhteistyötä minkään brändin kanssa, ei minun pitäisi tuoda niitä esiinkään? Vai? 

I write this because I really like kids’ clothing, brands and products. I have chosen to this post series those companies that I use myself and like the most. We are no fashionistas and I can’t buy everything that I want but I buy some and try to find others from online sales groups and flea markets. Now is the time when companies release their new Autumn/Winter collections. I wait for them. I look through them. I talk about them with friends. But I’m not sure if I should bring my love for kids’ clothing and products to this blog? Or should I leave this to other forums?

Kirjoitan tämän, koska aidosti pidän lastenvaatteista, -brändeistä ja -tuotteista. Olen valinnut tähän sarjaan niitä brändejä, joita käytän itse ja joista tykkään eniten. Meidän perheessä ei aina pukeuduta viimeisimpien trendien mukaan. Minulla ei ole varaa ostaa kaikkea mitä haluaisin mutta ostan jotain ja yritän löytää muita netin myyntiryhmistä ja kirppareilta. Tähän aikaan vuodesta yritykset julkaisee syksyn ja talven mallistojaan ja mä odotan niitä innoissani, selaan into piukassa ja pölisen kavereiden kanssa siitä, mistä tykätään eniten. En ole kuitenkaan varma pitäisikö minun tuoda näitä asioita blogiin vai jättää muille foorumeille?

The brands that I thought of featuring are Finnish since I’m most familiar with them. They are ethical, they have nice story behind them and the products are of good quality. They are some of my favorite brands. Please let me know what you think of this kind of posts.

Brändit, joista ajattelin puhua ovat suomalaisia, eettisiä, niillä on kiva tarina takanaan ja tuotteet ovat laadukkaita. Nämä on on suosikkibändejäni. Kertokaa ihmeessä, mitä mieltä olette tämän tyyppisistä postauksista!

The first collection that I will talk about comes from Gugguu.

Ensimmäinen mallisto tulee iki-ihanalta Gugguulta. 

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I fell in love with Gugguu in 2014 when my first son was born. The brand was new, the first collection had been launched in 2013, and it was very hip. What I really liked about them was their bright colors. Earlier I had been really bummed to see the limited choice of colors in boys’ clothing. Everything seemed to be blue and grey and very dark. Gugguu’s colors were bright and happy. My all time favorite color from them has been beautiful lemon.

Ihastuin tähän brändiin vuonna 2014, kun ensimmäinen lapseni syntyi. Yhtiö oli uusi, ensimmäinen mallisto oli julkaistu vasta edellisenä vuonna ja se oli välittömästi menestys. Gugguussa ihastuin ensimmäisenä heidän kirkkaisiin väreihinsä. Olin ollut harmistunut siihen asti siitä, että pojille tuntui olevan tarjolla vain sinistä ja harmaata tummina sävyinä. Gugguun värit olivat kirkkaat ja iloiset. Tähän asti suosikkivärini heiltä onkin ollut heleä lemon.

One of my favorite product from Gugguu are their slim tricot pants. The pants are comfortable material but the cut is slim so they look stylish. My boy also loves them!

Yksi suosikkituotteistani on aina ollut heidän trikoohousunsa. Housut on mukavat jalassa mutta kapea leikkaus on tyylikäs. Poika tykkää niistä kovasti.

My absolutely favorite products from Gugguu are their accessories, beanies especially. I have beautiful light lemon cotton beanies for the babies for autumn and I think I will buy merino wool ones for winter. They look amazing in my opinion!

Ihan suosikkituote on kuitenkin Gugguun asusteet, lähinnä pipot. Mulla on keltaiset puuvillapipot nyt syksylle vauvoille ja valkoinen vanhemmalle ja yritän löytää merinovillaiset talven varalle. Nämä on minusta hurjan hienot!

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In this autumn collection they use colors like vanilla, lilac, smokey blue, grey and mauve. I love those colors surprisingly much. Ok, they are quite traditional after I just said how they have other colors than blue and grey for boys but this time it’s very fresh. Especially mauve and smokey blue caught my eyes as you can see from tho pictures I chose here.

Tämän syksyn väreinä on vanilla, lilac, smokey blue, grey ja mauve. Tykkään näistä väreistä yllättävänkin paljon. Ne on kieltämättä aika perinteiset, kun juuri pääsin sanomasta että alunperin ihastuin heidän väreihinsä. Erityisesti smokey blue ja mauve on mieleeni, kuten kuvista näkyy.

Wednesday they had the first drop of their merino wool products. When I tried to get to the website I had to queue! And it was hours after the launch. The products are very popular and sell out fast but I’m not quick when it comes to making decisions. I have to wait and see what is left little later when I have decided what I’d want from this collection.

Keskiviikona, kun heillä oli ensimmäinen merinovillatuotteiden droppi, jouduin jonottamaan, että pääsin edes nettisivuille sisään. Olin siellä kuitenkin tunteja malliston julkaisun jälkeen. Suositut tuotteet myydään nopeasti loppuun mutta itse en osaa tehdä nopeita päätöksiä tämäntyyppisistä asioissa. Mun pitää vielä miettiä, mitä oikeasti haluan ja toivoa, että niitä on vielä jäljellä kun olen valmis tekemään päätöksen.

All photos are from gugguu.com with permission.

Kaikki kuvat ovat Gugguun ja julkaistu luvan kanssa.

What do you think of this collection? It’s odd to look at these winter photos while it’s still summer!

Mitäs tykkäätte tästä mallistosta? Onpa outoa katsoa näitä talvikuvia, kun vielä on niin kesäistä!

I’m always looking for new practical yet beautiful brands to follow so please share your favorite!

Etsin aina käytännöllisiä mutta tyylikkäitä uusia brändejä seurattavaksi, joten jaa ihmeessä suosikkisi!

Have a lovely day! Mukavaa päivää!

Mannamaria

 

The baby box 2017

In Finland we have this thing called baby box. The state has given it to all expectant mothers for more than 75 years and the program (enabling also free prenatal care and parenting information) has helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rate.

New updated box is revealed every year. It’s still considered a valued asset and the new box is even featured on national news.

Here is the baby box 2017: 2017_Kaikki_tuotteet
It contains lots of clothes, blankets and other new born necessities. When our son was born in 2014 I ordered the box and waited for it anxiously. When the box came I carried the box (it’s big!) to the living room and spread the clothes on the floor. 😀 My mom saved my baby box from the 80’s for me and I will save this box for my son.

Mostly we used  the sleeping bag, winter clothes and the small necessities like baby scissors, hairbrush, thermometer and the little book there is.

This time with the twins we didn’t take the box. We chose to take the money (which is approximately 30 % of the value of the box) instead.

I really like the new box though. It’s just that the winter clothes would have been too big this winter and small next winter. Also now that we already have those small necessities we don’t need another set.

But the new box! My favorite products this year are the sleeping bag, light snow suit and the jumpsuit.

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Every year the clothes get critic for the colors being more for boys. I get this but I would wear these also for girls. Finding fresh unisex patterns and colors is not easy and these are quite bright and happy.

In 2014 the box didn’t contain a cuddly toy and I find this puppy adorable. The towel and the bib were useful as well.

What do you think of this box?

Have a lovely day!

Mannamaria

 

More info and sources:

BBC: Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
Independent: ‘Every child is equal’: How Finland’s baby boxes changed childhood
NY Times: Why Finland’s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs

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The magical bedtime story

Have you heard of the book Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep? Did you try it and did it work?

We didn’t have big problems with falling asleep but after the twins were born the evenings got worse with the boy. Nothing serious but it took 30-45 minutes and some arguing for him to fall asleep.

I wanted to find a gentle way to ease our evenings. I found this book and ordered it to a book shop but before I got it I found it on sale.

This book is written by a Swedish behavioral scientist Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. It’s meditational and written in a specific psychological techniques that will help your child to relax and fall asleep.

The author claims that the book will help anyone nod off instantly while listening the book.

We’ve been reading the book for the past week. During the weekend we advanced clocks by one hour.

Did this book work for us?

First night the boy was confused and kept asking why am I saying his name, as the book suggests using the child’s name in some parts of the story. “How does the book know my name?” I didn’t have a very good answer to him. I also read it too loud and fast. The boy did relax while listening and after I got to the end he fell asleep.

The second and third night were worse and it took quite a while after finishing the story that he fell asleep. He wanted to comment the pictures on the book and ask questions.

Then I decided that he can pick up a story that we read before the rabbit story. I was thinking that he might relax during that story and then fall asleep during the rabbit story. I also kept trying new techniques with my voice and my way of reading.

Nothing seemed to help. He wanted to listen the story to the end.

Then I decided that I will stop reading when I see him calming down and looking like he might fall asleep. If I continued reading at that point he continued to listen. And that worked quite well. He fell asleep half way through the book.

With us the book didn’t work as well as I had hoped but I like the idea of it so much that I will continue reading it. Maybe after reading it time after time it will get so boring for him that he will fall asleep instantly.

Good night every one!

Mannamaria

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Surviving the winter weather with a newborn

Our twins will be born in January or February which are the coldest months of the year in Finland. The spring is coming soon but I don’t want to stay inside with them for the first weeks or months and I’m also a firm supporter of babies sleeping their naps outside (also during winter).

So here are some of the items I have gotten for them to get through the rest of the winter.


Propably my favorite winter gear are these down sleeping bags. I had one of these already with my first born son and now we bought another one. You can use them either in a car in child’s safety seat or in a baby carriage.

Last time I used it in a baby carriage and it was perfect because most of the time I just put a beanie on to the baby and he stayed warm in the sleeping bag. If the temperature dropped below zero I put a merino wool overall on him but it was not necessary usually.

To be honest I’m not quite sure if I need these snow suits. Since I’m planning on keeping the sleeping bags in the baby carriage I think that I’ll use these on children’s safety seat in a car. They’re adorable and warm. 🙂

These windfleece overalls I got for hanging out in the mall or super markets and if they still fit during the spring these  are perfect for sleeping outside. They keep wind and some rain but are breathable. You can also turn over the sleeves and legs first and leave them open later when the baby grows. Absolutely wonderful. 🙂

Soft merino wool overalls go under any of the previous overalls. They are extremely soft and warm and can be used in various weathers. Combining these overalls and the ones above and sleeping bags I believe that we’ll survive any weather conditions.

Then we have all the woollen blankets, mittens and woollen socks and beanies and other winter hats and…

And the weather men are laughing at me since now that I have bought all this winter stuff the temperature is +4 c. 😀

But at least I’m prepared for any weather!

Love,

Mannamaria