Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's All About the Nap

Naps are crucial - not only to the development of a child but for the recharging of a parent...its incredible to see an 11 month old boy hit the wall after about 4 hours of being awake.
One of the things we have learned over time is to look and listen to our son. He will give you signs of when he or she is ready for that critical nap. Our guy does the rub-of-the-eye follow by a few yawns, along with the stare - that's our signal. Believe it or not, infants communicate in their own way - stay tuned-in for those important signs.

Napping Tip
Keep to a routine when putting down your child for a nap or nighttime sleep. By going through the nap routine, your child will understand these signals and connect sleeping the process.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Teething & Apple Picking

For me, it all started with apples...marrying into a family owning the largest pick-it-yourself apple orchard in the NY Hudson Valley-- it was a natural. Five years later arrived the gift of our, combine the two and you get plenty of thoughts on being a first-time dad plus, lots of ways apples come into play with our family.

Our son is now 11 months old and during the last few weeks he decided to start teething for the first time...not one, but five teeth breaking at once...(ouch) So, being first-timers and literally trying to figure it out each day, we decided to go the apple route for a bit of soothing.

Teething Tip: Take a fresh apple, preferably from a local orchard picked during the months of Sept and Oct --- remember buy local. Peel and quarter or eighth, depending on your size preference (although, not too small to avoid the choke potential). Rinse and place in a simple sandwich ziploc bag and then place in freezer. After frozen, keep feeding these cool (cold) refreshing fruit treats to your little one ... it definitely helps sooth the sensitive gums. Only drawback is lots of bits of chomped apples everywhere, but believe me, its worth the clean up.

Look forward to sharing more insights from a dad who loves apples (no choice) and is trying to figure it out one joyous day at a time.

Remember, Live Appley!