Before Your Baby is Born

Elternzeit 101 – What It Is and How to Apply For It 28 November 2022

Learn everything you need to know about Elternzeit. What is it? How and when should you apply for it? What about monetary benefits?

3 Things To Do Once You Find Out You’re Pregnant 03 November 2022

Here's what you want to tackle right away when you know you're having a baby – or better still: when you're planning a pregnancy in Berlin.

What You Need to Know About an Out-of-Hospital Birth in Berlin? 01 September 2022

Here's everything you need to know if you're considering to give birth at a birthing center or doing a home birth in Berlin.

Elterngeld 101 – What It Is and How to Get It 28 November 2022

In this article we will talk about 💸 Elterngeld – literally parent money – including what it is, how it works and how to get it.

Berlin Birth Preparation Classes in English 13 September 2022

Learn about what is covered in a birth preparation class, when to take it and where to find one held in English in Berlin or online.

Introducing call a midwife 25 November 2022

Are you struggling to find a midwife that can support you during pregnancy and the postpartum period? We chat with Sabine, the founder of call a midwife, about how they can help.

What Does a Doula Do And How Do They Support Families? 30 November 2022

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.

How to Choose a Hospital to Give Birth at? 25 October 2022

What criteria should you keep in mind when choosing your Berlin hospital to give birth at? Also, how can you learn more and why should you pre-register at your chosen hospital?

Which Hospital to Choose for Birth in Berlin? 19 September 2022

Here's an overview of all Berlin hospitals, including dates for information sessions, pre-registration information and specialties.

Baby Carriers 101 11 January 2023

There are so much information out there about baby carrying as well as brands and models, so we are very happy that Dörte Hacker shares her know-how about baby wearing and slings with us in this article. 

An Overview of Pregnancy & Parental Benefits in Germany 10 January 2023

Did you know how many government programs (soon-to-be) parents can benefit from in Germany? There's a lot and therefore I can be hard to keep track. Here's an overview so you don't get lost.

Berlin Prenatal Yoga Classes in English 05 September 2022

Read on for an up-to-date list of prenatal/ pregnancy yoga classes in Berlin offered in English. Features both in-person and online classes.

What Does a Midwife Do – And How Can I Find One? 31 August 2022

Find out about the different types of work midwives do and how you can find a midwife for your pre-natal, birth and post-natal journey in Berlin.

Tips for Multilingual Families: Q&A with Kietzee Expert 15 December 2022

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.

What is Mutterschaftsgeld and How Can I Get It? 13 December 2022

Mutterschaftsgeld is one of the benefits available to (expecting) parents in Germany. But what is it exactly and how do you apply for it?

On the Day: What To Do When Labor Starts 25 October 2022

The day is finally here and labor has started – now what? An experienced doula walks us through the next steps.

How to Choose The Right Stroller for Your Berlin Baby Adventure 10 November 2022

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.

How to Choose Where to Give Birth in Berlin? 01 September 2022

Learn about the three options for giving birth in Berlin – hospital, home birth or birthing center. Includes pros and cons for each option.

How to Apply for Elterngeld – Your Checklist 28 November 2022

Ready to apply for Elterngeld? Here is your list of documents to submit with your application.

Elterngeld Plus & Partnerschaftsbonus – What You Need To Know 28 November 2022

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.

Kita Search

Private Kitas in Berlin – Are they An Option? 19 April 2022

Learn what "private" really means and which Kitas offer what you're looking for.

Getting Ready for Kita – Paperwork 02 May 2022

You're almost there but of course (this is Germany, after all!) there's a couple of bureaucratic hurdles to clear before your child can start Kita.

Alternative Childcare Options While Waiting for a Kita Spot 12 April 2022

Are you looking for childcare options while waiting for a Kita spot? We’ve got you covered.

Why Leave a Kita Review 08 March 2022

Other Berlin parents need your help! Contribute by adding tips and reviews for your Kita.

How and When to Apply for the Kita-Gutschein 31 March 2022

Learn when you should apply for the Kita-Gutschein and what to pay attention to in regards to the number of hours provided.

Should I Use the Kita Navigator? 14 March 2022

Learn the differences between the Kita Navigator and Kita Search on Kietzee.

juggleHUB: Co-Working with Childcare in Prenzlauer Berg 03 May 2022

Hear from Katja, one of the founders of juggleHUB, a co-working space in Prenzlauer Berg that also offers childcare.

What nobody tells you about the first Kita year 03 May 2022

Are you prepared for what's coming at you in the first year or two of Kita? I wasn't so here's my advice for fellow parents!

Getting Ready for Kita – What to Buy 02 May 2022

What are all the things that your child will need when starting Kita? Learn about the basics.

How Berlin Kitas fill their Spots 08 March 2022

How Kitas operate and allocate their spots.

How to find a Kita spot in Berlin for a 3-year old - from abroad! 12 February 2020

Find a Kita spot for a 3-year-old – tips & tricks from Kietzee mom Alina.

Work'n'Kid: Co-Working with Childcare 13 July 2020

How to use Work'n'Kid in Friedrichshain, which offers co-working with flexible childcare.

How Much Does Daycare (Kita) Cost in Berlin? 31 March 2022

Find out how much it costs to send your child to daycare in Berlin – spoiler alert: not much!

Expertentipps: So klappt die Kita-Eingewöhnung 06 February 2020

So meistern Familien die Eingewöhnungsphase in der Kita.

What is an Elterninitiative? Pros and Cons 08 March 2020

Learn about the concept, advantages and requirements of an Elterninitiative Kita.

No Kita? How to get money back for your private childcare 22 February 2022

How you can get your private childcare costs reimbursed. (Update: Unfortunately, this program is not currently offered.)

I Got Offered Multiple Kita Spots – Now What? 20 April 2022

Read about a real life example from a family trying to decide between two different Kitas.

How to Find a Kita in Berlin 22 March 2022

A step-by-step guide to make your Berlin Kita search easier.

How to Follow Up With Your Favorite Kitas 19 April 2022

Finding a Kita in Berlin is a marathon, not a sprint. Learn how and when to do you follow-ups.

Kita Search Glossary 11 April 2022

Learn what all the different words and terms mean when it comes to Kita search in Berlin.

What Are Berlin Kitas Like? 19 April 2022

Learn what Berlin Kitas focus on to help kids grow and prepare them for school.

Interview: JuliaCares Family Services 08 March 2022

Julia Zehavi of JuliaCares helps families with Kita search.

What Type of Kita is Right for You? 28 January 2022

Spoiler alert: There's no magic formula but these tips will help you build your Kita list.

How Many Kitas Should I Apply to? 16 March 2022

The answer is – it depends! Learn about the three factors to keep in mind.

How to Get a Kita Spot for a Winter Start 28 March 2022

Insights on why it is so hard to get a spot in the winter. Plus, some tips on how to succeed anyways.

Kita versus Tagesmutter – what’s better? 11 April 2022

Kita, Tagesmutter, or apply to both? Learn about this alternative to Kitas.

Kietzee Checklist for Your Kita Search in Berlin 08 March 2022

Here's a checklist to make the Kita search process easier.

What Questions Should I Ask When Visiting a Kita? 15 March 2022

Congrats, you were invited to visit a Kita! Here's what questions to ask and what to pay attention to.

One Mom, Seven Kitas – Learn Her Tips 08 March 2022

Learn from Mel who managed to get several Kita offers.

The Ultimate Kietzee Kita-Gutschein Cheat Sheet 07 April 2022

A step-by-step English translation guide on how to apply for your Kita-Gutschein.

How and Where to Learn about Open Kita Spots in Berlin 21 April 2022

Check this article for resources that feature open Kita spots.

Getting Ready for Kita – The Infamous Eingewöhnung 02 May 2022

What is the Kita Eingewöhnung and how can you prepare for it?

What to Include in Your Kita Application 10 February 2022

Create a personal connection when you are applying. Includes a sample application letter.

After Your Baby is Born

How Giulia from Extra Arms Nanny Agency Can Help Berlin Parents 12 February 2020

Giulia from Extra Arms explains her agency's offerings, which includes long-term nanny contracts, nanny shares and temporary babysitting arrangements.

Activities for English Speaking Families in Berlin 30 March 2022

Peruse our list of activities for English speaking families with kids of all ages – from babies to teens.

What is Kindergeld and How Can I Get It? 19 December 2022

Families in Germany are entitled to Kindergeld. We spoke with Karla and Tarik from Move-In about the application process and how their tool can help international families.

Berlin Postnatal Yoga & Exercise Classes in English 06 September 2022

Learn about the different types of postnatal exercise classes. Plus a list of Berlin courses offered in English.

What is the Difference Between a Babysitter & A Nanny? 25 November 2022

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.

Interview: Meet Tal from IT'S July 13 September 2022

Hear from co-founder of IT'S July, Tal Provizor Narkiss, about the company's matching platform for families.