more about soothing a baby • más acerca de calmar a un bebé

LÉELO EN ESPAÑOL

I learnt how to swaddle my newborn baby at the Brooklyn Hospital and I have to say that it was a very useful technique during Marco’s first months.

This technique helps them to soothe, not to be disturbed or interrup their sleep because of their reflex movements and even gets them the cozy and warm feeling that they used to have when they were in the womb.

There are a lot of videos and guides on how to do it properly.

I often recommend to my friends the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp -there are some videos available online– where you can learn a little bit about his amazing technique on how to soothe a fussy baby using swaddling, shh (white noise), side/stomach position, swinging and sucking.

I used to swaddle Marco until he was about 2 months but the truth is I should done it for more time!

Did you read Dr. Karp’s book or used his technique? I’d love to know your experience!


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Algo que me enseñaron en el Hospital de Brooklyn y me fue muy útil durante las primeras semanas de vida de Marco, es la técnica para envolver a un bebé: swaddling.

El envolverlos de ese modo con una manta ligera los ayuda a calmarse, a no despertar por sus propios movimientos reflejos e incluso les da una sensación de seguridad similar a la que tenían cuando estaban en el útero.

Hay videos y guías de cómo hacerlo correctamente paso a paso.

Si aún no lo conocen, les recomiendo leer el libro El Bebé Más Feliz del Dr. Harvey Karp -hay algunos videos online pero con subtítulos en portugués- donde pueden aprender de su técnica que es casi mágica para calmar a un bebé: el cual incluye envolver al bebé, el ruido blanco, la posición en la que ponerlo, el movimiento y, obviamente, la succión.

Yo solía envolver a Marco hasta que tuvo como 2 meses pero la verdad es que ¡debí haberla recordado y usado mucho más!

¿Has leído alguno de los libros del Dr. Karp? 

Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Friends, I am very happy to host a giveaway for Mother’s Day!

You can win this art print (my favorite one!)

8651490_8948600-prn01_lz“Mommy & Me – Whales.” 

To participate, just pick one or more of these:

You have time until May 4th, 2015 at 00.00 Pacific Time (yeah! May the force be with you all!). Valid for US residents only.

Specifications: Art print / Mini (10″ x 8″). Gallery quality giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. No exchanges. No valid for cash value.

honey mustard salmon

Hello friends,

First of all, let me tell you something: I love salmon! And even-though I prefer it raw with my chirashi, from time to time I like to try new ways to prepare it.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp melted organic unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp organic mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 organic dry crumbs (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tsp lime juice (or lemon)
  • 1 tbsp chopped organic green onions (I’m so happy that I grow these in my garden now!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs and the chopped green onions.

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Prepare your fillets on a non-stick baking pan.

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Brush each salmon fillet lightly with the honey mustard mixture and then, sprinkle the bread crumb mixture.

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Bake salmon 12 minutes in the preheated oven and then use the broil for 2 more minutes (if you you oven doesn’t have a “broil” function, just bake the salmon for 15 minutes).

Season with salt and pepper.

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Enjoy!

DIY gift wrapping paper

For this DIY gift-wrapping paper, you just need some markers -I use microns from Sakura and a calligraphy pen- and plain paper.

I had to prepare two very special gifts so for the first one, I chose a Beatles song lyric.

I started writing a phrase in the center of the paper and after that, I completed the empty spaces using different hand-styles and sizes of the lettering.

IMG_4270_2“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

Then, I just used it as a regular gift-wrapping paper.

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Another option that I like to create a special paper from a plain white paper is to draw botanicals on it.

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Finally, I added the name of the person who was going to receive the gift using a calligraphy pen.

IMG_4281_2Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.

Calligraphy pens and markers are always a good idea. They add a special touch to your everyday lettering even when you don’t know much about calligraphy. I encourage you to try it!

Here’s another DIY gift wrapping paper idea. 

best advice on routines and kids • el mejor consejo acerca de las rutinas y los niños

Hello fellow moms! Today I want to share with you the best advice that our doctor in New York gave us about routines and kids.

“The routine can be broken by you, not by your kid”

The advice was great for us. Let me give you an example. Each time that we have family visiting us (most of them live abroad or in other cities around the US), we -as parents- decide that we can break the routine.

This means that Marco doesn’t go to sleep at 7pm as usual, naps are on “on the go” and sometimes he even doesn’t attend preschool. But… In those days, he gains an amazing time with his extended family, his life becomes richer with new experiences and lots of love and fun.

So, how do we manage those days when Marco decides he doesn’t want to go to sleep at 7pm?  We continue to take him to his bed, with love and patience, how many times as needed, because mommy says… It’s time to sleep.

See you on the next post!

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¡Hola amigas y mamás de la web! Hoy quiero compartir el mejor consejo que me dio una vez una doctora en Nueva York acerca de las rutinas.

“Sólo tú puedes romper las rutinas, tu niño no”

Ese consejo fue muy bueno para nosotros. Les cuento un ejemplo. Cada vez que tenemos familiares de visita -nuestra familia vive en otras ciudades de USA, Argentina y Venezuela- nosotros como padres decidimos que podemos romper la rutina.

Eso significa que Marco no se va a dormir a las 7pm como es habitual, las siestas son “donde sean y como sean” (cochecito, en el auto andando, etc.) e incluso hay veces que no va a su escuelita. Pero, en esos días él gana un tiempo increíble compartido con familia; su vida se enriquece con nuevas experiencias llenas de amor y diversión.

Yo como mamá, puedo romper la rutina y el hecho de que sólo nosotros los padres podamos hacerlo también hace más fácil el volver a adaptarnos cuando las visitas se van y tenemos que volver a la vida cotidiana.

Entonces ¿cómo hacemos cuando Marco en un día cualquiera decide que no quiere dormir a las 7pm aunque hayamos hecho toda la rutina para ir a dormir?

Lo seguimos llevando a su cama, con amor y paciencia, las veces que sea necesario, porque mami dice… Es hora de dormir.

¡Hasta la próxima! 

israeli couscous recipe

I fell in love with this dish while I was living in Brooklyn, NY. So, if you’re ever in Downtown Brooklyn, head to the Brooklyn Fare, they sell a delicious Israeli Couscous.

But, since I’ve moved from my beloved Brooklyn in 2013… I had to learn how to cook it myself!

This is what you”ll need:

  • 1 3/4 cup israeli couscous (you’ll find a decent quality one at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup sautéed fennel and/or roasted brussels sprouts (Trader Joe’s sell some great ready-to-eat brussels sprouts)
  • 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • optional: ground black pepper

For the couscous:

In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat.

Add the couscous and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Pour the hot water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Add the sautéed fennel or roasted brussels (or both, why not?), the dried cranberries and the almonds.

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For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the organic apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.    

Pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss to coat evenly.

 

I usually cook this couscous for Thanksgiving as well, since it’s a great side dish for the turkey roast!

20141128_Thanksgiving_byLorena_18Our 2014 Thanksgiving table photographed by the coolest Bay Area Photographer ByLorena

Happy cooking!

my favorite baby carrier • mi cargador de bebé preferido

LÉELO EN ESPAÑOL

Each time a friend of mine is expecting a baby, they would ask me about which baby carrier I recommend.

Without hesitation, my answer is: in my experience, Ergo Baby Performance.

It’s so comfortable and adaptable for different stages. We used it since Marco was about 3 months, you can use it with the infant carrier for younger babies, until Marco was 2 yrs old.

It was super comfortable for the baby and gentle, specially, with my lower back. I mostly used it on the front until Marco was a toddler when we use it as a backpack for some hiking days in the parks of our beloved Northern California.

Ergo has different models, visit their website to check them!


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Cada vez que una amiga está esperando un bebé, me preguntan qué cargador (o mochila como le dicen en Argentina, entre otros nombres) recomiendo.

Sin duda mi respuesta es: en mi experiencia, Ergo Baby Performance.

IMG_3369¡Bebito durmiendo!

Este cargador se adapta a distintas etapas. Nosotros lo usamos desde que Marco tenía como 3 meses, pero se puede usar desde recién nacido con el soporte para infantes, hasta que Marco tuvo 2 años.

Era muy cómodo para Marco y muy suave, especialmente, con mi espalda y cintura. Lo usé principalmente de frente hasta que Marco tuvo más de un año, momento en que empezamos a llevarlo montado en la espalda en algunas caminatas por parques de nuestra querida California del Norte.

Ergo tiene muchos modelos, si quieren conocer más de sus productos, pueden chequear su sitio web.

#nowreading

I always enjoy learning how other people bears with their own life, since there’s not exclusively one way to live, and that’s might be the main reason why I love reading autobiographic novels.

Last week, I finished reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

I enjoyed Cheryl’s adventure through the Pacific Coast Trail, all those thoughts and feelings she unravels with the challenges of every mile in the PCT.

Cheryl Strayed is a talented writer because, even though her life story is far from my own, she made me relate to hers and even feel like walking in her shoes.

Illustration inspired by Wild

I enjoyed this book and I’m certainly ready to watch the movie (huge fan of Reese Witherspoon here!).

Last, my #nowreading quote chosen from this book + design created for it:

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Other memorable quotes from this book:

“I could only be who it seemed I had to be”

“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? (…) What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”

Have you seen the movie or read this book?