Dr Alan Greene speaking about Babies' development and the role of food.
    August 19, 2015
    Babies’ Development and the Role of Food

    Babies’ development from conception to age three is mind-boggling. Newborns resting in their parents arms are not very mobile and don’t have much to say. By the time they're three years old, they …

    Mom and Baby Playing - Photo by Haylee Sherwood
    January 27, 2015
    Brain-Wise Parenting: The Importance of Relationship & Rhythm

    Your Child's Brain -- Built With Love! Yesterday I invited parents to relax about pushing academics for their wee ones, because their best preparation for true intelligence is play. But there is a ver…

    Young girl inspecting a clover in a green field
    January 26, 2015
    The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending

      When our first child was born I was determined to do everything I could to "optimize" his development. This had even begun during my pregnancy, when I listened to lots of classical music, took …

    Do you sign Yummy
    July 30, 2013
    Do You Sign YUMMY?

    As parents begin to introduce foods to their babies, many of them are giving signals to their baby without even realizing it.  Babies look at the human face for longer periods of time in compariso…

    counting carrots
    July 29, 2013
    Counting Carrots

    Just the other day I was in the kitchen and Owen, my 4 year old, wanted a snack. I make it a habit to always offer a fruit or vegetable first, so I grabbed the baby carrots from the fridge and asked …

    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping
    January 22, 2013
    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping

    Baby massage may seem superfluous or silly to some people, but it’s popularity is growing in the U.S. and it has actually been practiced for centuries in many cultures around the world. But, does it…

    One Super Nanny Tip that is Golden
    March 9, 2012
    One Super Nanny Tip that is Golden

    Before having kids I was an avid Super Nanny fan. Now that I have 3 children of my own, I find that what she may suggest to a family may not always work for everyone and I can hardly stand to take adv…

    Using Music and Signing in Tandem
    March 8, 2012
    Using Music and Signing in Tandem

    Do you sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to your little one? Most of us do because we can easily remember those lullabies from our childhood quite easily. (more&hel…

    Just Another Day in Paradise
    March 7, 2012
    Just Another Day in Paradise

    We’ve had an unusually warm winter here in San Diego. In fact some days I’ve seen many Facebook posts bragging with photos of the temperature gauge in their car or an app from their smart phone……

    A Belated Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!
    March 6, 2012
    A Belated Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

    The first time I heard the book read at a toddler story time, I fell in love with My Many Colored Days. The way the colors and animals give children a connection to the meaning of the feelings describ…

    Babies Love Animals!
    March 5, 2012
    Babies Love Animals!

    It is no secret that babies get a kick out of seeing animals and hearing the unique sounds they make. This is probably why there are so many children’s books that incorporate animals; babies and tod…

    Fall Favorite: Apple Picking
    October 7, 2011
    Fall Favorite: Apple Picking

    While my children are very little it seems they can be easily amazed by the same things again year after year as the fall season brings exciting adventures with it. A number of family fall activities …

    Pointing is a Far Cry from Being Understood
    October 6, 2011
    Pointing is a Far Cry from Being Understood

    Babies generally begin pointing around 6 to 9 months of age, coincidentally the time they are ready to begin the adventure of eating solids. In fact the act of pointing is one of the indicators to loo…

    Feelings: Does my baby really understand?
    October 5, 2011
    Feelings: Does my baby really understand?

    With each child I’ve learned a little more about parenting than I knew before, I guess they refer to that as earning your stripes. Sometimes your first child gets a little more attention just by the…

    Water Play is the Easy Way!
    October 4, 2011
    Water Play is the Easy Way!

    Children and water, it’s just a natural fit. Summer has ended and I’m thinking about how much the kids enjoyed various water play activities from filling up the water table, playing on the slip n…

    Nourishment Doesn’t Only Come in the Form of Food
    October 3, 2011
    Nourishment Doesn’t Only Come in the Form of Food

    Although when we think about the word nourishment we think of food, it is really about one’s entire well-being. Here is one online definition “The substances necessary for growth, health, and good…

    Staying off the Slippery Slope to WALL-E
    September 12, 2011
    Staying off the Slippery Slope to WALL-E

    If you haven’t seen the movie “WALL-E”, you should. Not just because the robot hero (named WALL-E) is wonderful, but also because the movie is a great cautionary tale. The movie takes place in t…

    Learning Begins At Birth
    June 3, 2011
    Learning Begins At Birth

    If you have ever visited a parenting message board, you’ll be familiar with these questions: (more…)…

    Discoloration of Teeth
    June 29, 2008
    Discoloration of Teeth

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even though you are seeing her teeth for the first time, they have been growing quietly in her gums for some time. The tooth buds that will become the middle 4 teeth on the top us…

    Babies' Social Insight
    November 27, 2007
    Babies’ Social Insight

    Young babies notice and assess the actions of those around them and use this to decide who they want as play partners, according to groundbreaking research described in the November 22, 2007 Nature. T…