Buying Cloth Diapers in France is Challenging

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We decided that instead of using disposable diapers, we use cloth diapers (couches lavable) for our little girl. Not only will this cut costs significantly, but it will be a more comfortable solution for her and is better for the environment. I am not talking about the cloth from the days of our parents and grandparents with the safety pins, but the modern diapers that are … [Read more...]

Bargain Shopping at French Yard Sales

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This was our first weekend free after moving into the new house, so we decided to start shopping for our baby. On Sundays most stores are not open in France but those looking for deals can find them during the summer at yard sales. Each Sunday, different communities hold yard sales to clean out their homes and sell the items they no longer use or want. Where I am from in … [Read more...]

Mandatory Doctor Visits for Pregnant Women in France

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Shortly after the doctor confirms pregnancy, pregnant women in France are given a schedule of mandatory doctor visits. I enjoy the fact that I am not left to guess when I should be going to the doctor or when my next ultrasound will be, but it can be stressful to follow when you have large events happening – like moving! Now I am a few weeks behind.Social security covers … [Read more...]

Starting School in France at the Age of 2

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When my husband told me that our little girl will start school when she is 2 or 3 years old, I nearly flipped out ! Okay, maybe I actually did and gave him one of my stubborn “No, that is out of the question” responses. But what do you expect when a person is raised on the fact that kids start kindergarten when they are 5 years old?Sending a 2 or 3 year old off to school … [Read more...]

Goodbye Yellow School Bus

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In the USA, most kids experience the daily routine of rushing out each morning to catch the yellow bus to school. Then as we get into high school, you lean against the window dreaming of your first car. In France, you will not see those yellow school buses, or any school buses for that matter.If parents do not live close to the school then they have a choice of either … [Read more...]