After Your Baby is Born
Peruse our list of activities for English speaking families with kids of all ages – from babies to teens.
As a new or expecting parent, you may have lots of questions when planning your return to work after your parental leave (Elternzeit). Our employment law specialist answers some of the most frequently asked questions.
Did you know that you could get at-home support (called "Haushaltshilfe") after your baby is born and that this can be paid for by your health insurance? Learn more.
Do you know what the difference is between a nanny and a babysitter? I didn't! But Giulia from Extra Arms tells us all there is to know.
When and how to wean your baby is very individual and we’re here to give you some guidance around deciding when and how to wind down your breast- or bottle feeding journey.
As a parent, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by social pressure. Here are five tips from our expert Evelyne on how to simplify your family life.
Welcoming a child into the world is a wonderful but also life changing experience. How can new parents tell if it’s more than baby blues? Learn more.
Learn about the different types of postnatal exercise classes and 'Rückbildungskurse." Plus a list of Berlin courses offered in English.
Peruse our list of activities for Spanish speaking families in Berlin with kids of all ages – from babies to teens.
Have you just had a c-section or are planning to have one? Learn about what the recovery period may look like and how to help the healing process.
This list provides information on over 30 playgrounds in Berlin that are equipped with a baby swing, ensuring you can easily find suitable locations for your infant's playtime.
Giulia from Extra Arms explains her agency's offerings, which includes long-term nanny contracts, nanny shares and temporary babysitting arrangements.
Life with kids is never boring! Learn practical tips to prepare for big and small emergencies, provided by Dr. Claude Grenzbach.
Are you looking for childcare options while waiting for a Kita spot? We’ve got you covered.
As an international family in Germany, you may be wondering how your child(ren) will fare in the local daycare system. Here are the answers to the most common questions.
What is the Kita Eingewöhnung and how can you prepare for it?
Check this article for resources that feature open Kita spots.
Hear from Katja, one of the founders of juggleHUB, a co-working space in Prenzlauer Berg that also offers childcare.
Find a Kita spot for a 3-year-old – tips & tricks from Kietzee mom Alina.
How you can get your private childcare costs reimbursed. (Update: Unfortunately, this program is not currently offered.)
Before Your Baby is Born
Are you expecting a baby but are not married? Find out about the German process for recognition of paternity (Vaterschafts-anerkennung) – the how, the when and the why.
Here's everything you need to know if you're considering to give birth at a birthing center (Geburtshaus) or doing a home birth (Hausgeburt) in Berlin.
Here's how to find your parent community and why it's so important to feel connected on the exciting journey of parenthood.
Let's dive into the details of your first ultrasound exam, which usually takes place between the 9th and 12th week of your pregnancy. Find out what to expect and what you will learn.
Learn everything you need to know about Elternzeit. What is it? How and when should you apply for it? What about monetary benefits?
As you are getting ready for the time immediately after your baby is born, you may have come across the German word “Wochenbett.” Find out what this means and how to prepare for this postpartum period with the whole family.
In this guest post, Gitanjali More, mom of a little girl and the creator of The Confused Mother, reflects on her experience as an Indian mother in Germany.
As an international couple expecting a baby or a family moving to Germany from abroad, it’s super important to understand the German healthcare system. Learn how it works.
Learn what will happen to your health insurance when you’re having a baby as well as how and when to add your baby to your insurance.
The way that prenatal and postnatal care is offered can vary greatly from country to country. Learn how the prenatal and postnatal care system works in Germany.
Did you know how many government programs (soon-to-be) parents can benefit from in Germany? Here's an overview so you don't get lost.
If you want to try cloth diapers, here's what you need to know about how cloth diapers work, what system to buy, how rentals services can help, etc.
As your pregnancy progresses, you will find that all of a sudden, your everyday clothes just don’t fit anymore. Here are some tips on how to choose maternity wear that lasts.
If you are thinking about having additional prenatal tests, here is an overview of the available invasive and non-invasive prenatal tests in Germany.
You will find that there are lots of tests that will be offered to you leading up to your baby’s birth. Here is everything you need to know about each of the tests that are covered by public health insurance.
Are you considering to breastfeed your baby? Learn how you can prepare even before your child is born.
If you are thinking about or have been recommended to get additional prenatal testing done, here is some general information and guidance on how to make your decision.
About 3 out of 10 babies in Germany are born via c-section. But how can you prepare for a c-section as expecting parents, whether it is planned or unplanned?
Are you interested in raising your child with multiple languages? Learn about the different strategies and how to implement them in your day-to-day family life from Kietzee expert Huguette.
If you're thinking about changing your OBGYN during pregnancy in Germany, there's a few things you need to know about the timing and different options to move forward. Learn more.
What protection is offered for pregnant people in Germany? What does Mutterschutz mean? What is the Schutzfrist? Here’s everything you need to know.
Don't waste money on baby stuff you don't need. We worked with doula Keatyn Jayne to craft the ultimate list of everything you really need to buy for your newborn.
In addition to Basis Elterngeld, there are two other types of parental allowance in Germany. Here's what you need to know and when this might make sense for you.
Are you overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, brands and models? Here's a guide on how to choose the right stroller for Berlin city dwellers.
In certain cases, your OBGYN will recommend a special, detailed ultrasound, called the "Feindiagnostik." Find out when and why this may be recommended and what you can learn from the test.
Find our what your OBGYN will check at the third (and last) scheduled ultrasound during your pregnancy.
In week 17-20, it's time for the second ultrasound exam during your pregnancy. This is when things get really exciting because you'll be able to see your baby in more detail! Find out what else to expect.
Are you curious about how doulas support families during pregnancy and the postpartum period? And how does this differ from the work of midwives? Read on to find out.