Posted in December 2012

Baby Sign Language: Eat More Milk

Baby Sign Language: Eat More Milk

A friend of mine–who happened to give birth to a son 4 days before me–made some hand gesture to her baby. She  then proceeded to bottle feed him. Curiously, I asked her what that motion was. She said it was sign language for “milk.” She would pump her fist while saying the word, and if he … Continue reading

Ear Piercing Screams

Ear Piercing Screams

“Is she sleeping through the night yet?” “Have you started her on solids?” “Has she started crawling?” “Are her ears pierced?”* (*Indian women across the world know what I’m talking about.) These are the questions I’ve been bombarded with… all before her 8th MONTH birthday. It’s started to make me rethink those parents who put … Continue reading

Monkey Science

Monkey Science

In the 1950’s, Dr. Harry Harlow: Advanced our understanding of mother-child relationships Squashed the idea that babies primarily need their mothers for food Revealed that babies most importantly need warmth and affection Improved, with the help of his studies, child care services like foster care  and day care. Yet, as a scientist, he is definitely more … Continue reading

Racist Babies

Racist Babies

There are three times when my four year old son, Devin, has left me speechless: The moment when he was born and I saw his cone head. At a party, when he lifted up my shirt and asked, “Daddy, is there a baby in your belly?” When Devin was 10 months old and my wife and … Continue reading

Appetites & Appestats

Appetites & Appestats

Let’s rewind to when our daughter was 3 months old. I mentioned that she was a pretty colicky baby. She’d cry/fuss/whine on and off all day long. She’d cry during her baths. She’d cry during play time. She’d cry during hugs and kisses. Worst of all, for me–her mother–she’d cry during feedings. But this wasn’t … Continue reading