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About Marianne013

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  • Location UK
  • Nationality German
  • Hometown Ludwigshafen
  • Gender Female
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  1. Travelling with a 2.5 month old

    Well, I moved with a three month old from the USA to the UK via Germany and it worked just fine, despite living out of a suitcase for 6 weeks. They aren't mobile at that stage, so invest in a good baby carrier, take 3 times as many nappies and food supply (so there is no change in food, if you are not breastfeeding) as you think you need and you are good to go. You do not need any certificates for the airlines, most airlines don't like carrying children that are less that 2 weeks old, but at 2 months, no problem. The only 'trick' we had is that we weaned our bottle fed kid onto room temperature baby milk, so a bottle of Evian, some powder, a clean and some hand disinfectant and you are good to go, none of this "would you be able to heat up our bottle please" etc etc.
  2. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Or the kid just didn't speak English (this was in a German kindergarten after all) and felt excluded. Jeez.
  3. Yes, it's always a good idea to bring some supplies. Having said this, a lot of the highly specialised babyfood is *only* available "under medical supervision" (e.g. "Aptamil PEPTI und Aptamil Pregomin® AS sind diätetische Lebensmittel für besondere medizinische Zwecke (bilanzierte Diät) und sind nur unter ärztlicher Kontrolle zu verwenden.") which means you won't be able to purchase them just over the counter, so monetary considerations are probably of secondary importance. Given that the OP is relocating from Australia, I assume there will be  a decent salary attached to the job in question.
  4. I can't comment on Heilbronn. I don't think Neocate is available in Germany, but there are equivalents and they can be prescribed by your paediatrician. (Unfortunately I couldn't find the relevant information in English, just in German.)   The German word for cows' milk protein intolerance is Kuhmilcheiweißallergie (assuming it's an allergy, not 'just' an intolerance), if you ever need to double check a box of formula.  
  5. If you are worried about your iron levels go and have them tested (even if you have to pay for it) instead of randomly messing with your diet. If you have naturally low blood pressure (which both my sister and me have, it's genetic by the looks of it) you might occasionally feel dizzy, there is not much you can do about it. Sit down, have a cookie (sugar helps, if only psychologically), wait till it passes, get on with your day.
  6. You might also want to report your troubles to the AOK:   I wonder if they know what the doctors they pay are doing (or not doing for that matter).
  7. I still haven't seen any regulations of KLM and/or customs in Amsterdam that allude to destroying luggage wrt perishable items. Can you *please* link them ? In my experience if customs finds any kind of contraband they fine and/or charge you. There have been some incidences on this board of people importing 'cheap' electronics etc from the US and then being amazed when they had to pay. So if the OP was smuggling, why he doesn't seem to have been fined  or charged ? (Of course if he has been, that would change the situation completely.)  
  8. This started with the airline having lost the luggage. The airline has a duty to try and get it back to you. So paying someone to process this luggage is well within the airline's responsibilities. I'm aware of the "abandoned luggage might be destroyed" scenario, but that is not the case here. That luggage was accepted by the airline for carriage.   Please show me any European airline's policy that alludes to destroying luggage wrt perishable items. I tried looking for it and I can't find any.
  9. Why would carrying perishable foods give the airline any right to destroy a suitcase ? Removing it, yes (that's pretty much standard practice for storing any lost luggage anywhere), but destroy the whole luggage and not just the offending item ? That sounds like bullshit. Get whatever they told you *in writing* and take it from there.      
  10. FFS

    Of course Knorr is a German brand:
  11. I don't know what the actual problem is, but I don't think it's shortage of stock:   Tell him to write you a prescription, you'll get it yourself.
  12. work contracts

    By the sound of it, he was only "promised" a new job, without a contract that's not worth very much.
  13. Behavior of German children while playing

    I know the difference between AUTHORITARIAN and AUTHORITATIVE and what you are advocating is not AUTHORITATIVE.
  14. Behavior of German children while playing

    That's just not true. The amount of "an authoritarian style of brining up kids will fix all problems" I hear around I find quite frankly somewhat disturbing. To address some points: - snotty noses and "Hand vorm Mund": I am sure both my daughter and my niece had to be told this about at least 300 times before it stuck. To expect a two or three year old to do this automatically is not consistent with normal child development. Also toddlers get about 10-12 colds a year, you can't keep them home for every cold (grown ups, it turns out, are also meant to show up at work with a cold). If you move to a new country with a new set of viruses and interact with (at least) one small child on a regular basis (you don't need to work in a nursery for this), you are down and out with all kind of cold related viruses for about 2 years. It's a lot less if you've grown up there. - saying no with a smile and distracting the child: Distracting (i.e. offering an alternative to the forbidden behaviour) is actually a much better way than just saying no and letting the child just stand there miffed. Given how much direction young children need, if you just say no, and leave it at that, you'll end up being rather unfriendly to your child all day; I don't think anything good will come of that. -looking at your smartphone: Watching small   children in a play ground is excruciatingly boring. My mother used to knit and chat with her friends, which was standard behaviour even 50 years ago, so while the means have changed, I don't think the underlying behaviour has.   My goal with my own child is not to bring up a perfect child, but to bring up a person that will be a well prepared and happy grown up when I send her into the world.    
  15. Moving away after divorce leaving kids with their mother

    Well, she would have extra costs, so I can see that the court would be taking this into account. Generally if both parents can agree on a custody model, the courts will just go with it, so your best bet is the peaceful approach (albeit after speaking to a lawyer, forewarned and all that). You would probably have to give up custody (you could still retain rights to visitation), as it's not practical to have shared custody with one parent a continent away.