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TED Talks and the brain, language development and babies


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Gesturing and ASL to learn language — Gestos para reforzar el vocabulario

Sign Language

Babies as young as six months can use sign language to communicate with their parents. At that age they can master the basic signs like mom/dad, grandma/grandpa, thirst/hunger, milk, water, sleepy, more, etc.. At four months parents can begin using these signs with their babies.

We’ve started using sign language at house. Right now we are using the signs for “up” and “milk”. This so that we can communicate with our baby before she begins saying her first words. We believe that sign language and gestures generally will help her create a bridge between the various languages she hears at home. With sign language it might be easier for her to understand that the words “hungry” “hambre” and “faim” have the same effect and are the same idea.

Linda Acredcolo, PhD and Susan Goodwyn, PhD, researchers and authors of Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk (Contemporary Books, 2002), say that Sign Language…

1. helps babies talk sooner… and boosts spoken vocabulary
2. empowers babies to direct adults’ attention to what they want to talk about
3. reduces frustration
4. provides a strong foundation for early literacy
5. stimulates intellectual development

Learn More and see it in action:

Los bebés de tan sólo seis meses pueden dominar la lengua de señas para comunicarse con sus padres. A esa edad pueden dominar los signos básicos como mamá/papá, abuela/abuelo, sed/hambre, leche, agua, sueño, más, etcc. A los cuatro meses padres pueden comenzar a utilizar estas señas con sus bebés.

En nuestra casa ya comenzamos a utilizar la lengua de señas. Esto con el fin de que podamos comunicarnos con la bebe antes de que comience a decir sus primeras palabras. Ademas de eso, pensamos que la lengua de señas y en general los gestos le ayudaran a hacer un tipo de puente entre los varios idiomas que ella escucha en casa. Con la lengua de señas podría ser más facil para ella entender que las palabras “hungry” “hambre” y “faim” tienen el mismo efecto y son la misma idea.

En general, como los gestos reforzan el vocabulario:
Lengua de señas – Beneficios (con videos de bebes señalando):
10 señas claves:
Bebe señalando:
Niña señalando: 

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Receta: Crepes Baia Supervivencia

Puro Power Crepe Recipe

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These crepes are delicious and loaded with nutrition. The preparation takes only a few minutes and in little time you will have delicious crepes to enjoy. 

Easy Crepe Recipe
Mix and liquefy the following in a blender:
1.5 C water
1/2 C milk
1 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C steel cut oats (cooked)
1/4 C rye oat flakes
1 egg
1/8 C chia seeds
1/8 C ground flax seeds
1 pinch of salt
ground eggshells
1/4 C sugar or your preferred sweetener in a smaller quantity

Once cooked fill them with bananas, apples, pears, avocados honey, jam, ghee, peanut butter, or any other sweet and/or savory crepe classics.

Receta fácil de panqueques
Mezcla lo siguiente en la licuadora:
1 T agua
1/2 T leche
1 T harina integral de trigo
1/2 T avena integral (cocinada)
1 huevo
1/8 T semillas chia
1/8 T linasa molida
cazcara de huevo molida
1/4 T azucar

The Cholmondeley sisters and their swaddled babies. c.1600-1610 via Wikipedia.

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No more swaddling

Our babe went from sleeping through the night, she began at 6.5 weeks, to waking every 2-3 hours in one single week. Now I’m on the hunt for identifying what’s going on and figuring out how to help her get back. Her waking may have to do with the cold she and I developed two weeks ago and may have some to do with having outgrown swaddling. We will see. My first step was to return to total silence in the morning to ensure that she gets back on track with her morning naps. My second step is to phase out swaddling in case that is contributing to her night time waking.

About swaddling infants:

Swaddling is great at helping babies feel secure and minimizing the startle reflex. But most babies outgrow the need for it at around four months.

“By about 2 months, your baby will be moving around more in sleep, and swaddling could make her uncomfortable and contribute to night waking,” says Judith Owens, a pediatrician and director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

According to mom bloggers around the net, the best way to end swaddling is to slowly phase it out.

Group biking. Image via (cc) Flickr user Mark Stosberg

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San Francisco Parents Groups

San Francisco Groups

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Stroller-friendly trail. Image via (cc) Flickr user Charles Dawley.

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Awesome Bay Area Dog-friendly, Stroller-friendly Trails

Now that my bug is over 15 pounds, I need to switch to stroller hikes and stroller runs. Here’s my current list of San Francisco Bay Area favorites and trails to try:

  1. Redwood Regional Park, Stream Trail, Oakland:  1 mile paved trail, relatively flat and shade-covered.  Park in the Canyon View Staging Area (enter through the Redwood Gate on Redwood Road).  There is a $5.00 entry fee during summer weekends.
  2. Nimitz Way, Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park:  4 mile long paved path, providing gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. The trail over rolling hills begins at the Inspiration Point parking lot, on Wildcat Canyon Road (between Orinda and Berkeley).
  3. Iron Horse Trail, Concord to Pleasanton:  26 mile paved trail from Concord to Pleasanton.  The section from Danville north towards Alamo, beginning at the parking lot behind the Danville Railroad Museum, is shade-covered.  Another nice starting point is the Rudgear Road Staging Area in Walnut Creek, and then heading south on the path towards Alamo.
  4. Coyote Hills Regional Park, Bayview Trail, Fremont:  4 mile loop with rolling hills takes you through the park, by the marsh and along the bay.  Park at the lot in front of the Visitor Center.  There is a $5.00 entry fee.
  5. Golden Gate Park: We all know how much this park has to offer, though its size may seem daunting for a simple stroll. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the wide, beautifully landscaped trails with gardens and playgrounds along the way. Try entering at Stanyan and Haight and walking your way toward the coast.
    Location: Stanyan and Haight, San Francisco.
  6. Point Isabel Regional Shoreline: .42 mile paved trail along the water.
  7. MacNee Ranch State Park, Fire Trail, Montara. 3+ mile, beautiful hills.
  8. Angel Island: 5 mile paved road around the perimeter of the island. Take the ferry from Tiburon ($5/person).
  9. Abbots Lagoon Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore: 3.2 mile trail. Take Pierce Ranch Road to the right off of Sir Francis Drake Highway and follow approximately 4 ½ miles to small parking area with restrooms.Trailhead is on the left side of the road. Trail is level and passes lagoon before ending at the beach. Very scenic and lots of wildlife.
  10. Lake Lagunitas: 2 mile loop around the lake. MMWD watershed above Fairfax off Bolinas-Fairfax Rd. Peaceful walk with lots of birds, including heron and egrets. Large picnic area with tables and restrooms. One steep hill.
  11. Phoenix Lake: 2.5 mile loop around 2/3rds of the lake. Natalie Coffin Green Park, Ross. Parking lot is small and is closed on Sundays.
  12. Deer Park, Fairfax Trail (end of Porteous Rd): starts behind Fairfax/San Anselmo Daycare Center. Wide fireroad runs through light wooded area. Long steep hill about one mile in.

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