Petite Vigogne Blog

  • Summer Camp: How to Choose?

    Summer Camp: How to Choose?

    By Alison Cupp-Relyea    It is that time of year – Summer Camp Signups! Many parents stress over this decision, even for their three- and four-year-olds, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Summer camp is an opportunity for your child to learn and grow, exploring new interests and deepening existing ones. Have fun with it, and your child will, too. Here are some Petite Vigogne Dos and Don’ts of summer camp: DO research camps and ask friends for suggestions. Looking online at reviews and talking to friends in the community can give you some great insights into camps...

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  • Testing The Waters

    Testing The Waters

      By Alison Cupp-Relyea   Around the time of a baby’s first summer, parents begin to wonder when and how to start swim lessons. Some opt for very early, starting even before their chlld’s first birthday. Others wait until they are toddlers and can take lessons independently at a local YMCA or other pool without parent participation. As we gear up for summer, it is important to note that there is no right way to get your child to swim. Follow your child’s lead, listen to your instincts, and focus on safety. This hurdle, like some many others, will eventually be...

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  • Put On the Brakes

    Put On the Brakes

      By Alison Cupp-Relyea     Parents of very young children are often told by more seasoned parents to cherish every moment, a remark on how quickly children grow up. When my children were young, I found this advice to be a bit cliché, but looking back now, I see the real value in taking the time to slow down when your children are young. As a society, we are caught up in a cycle of being busy and productive. Parenting a newborn is no exception, as nap times get filled up with household chores and texts interrupt playdates and picnics...

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  • Best-selling Baby Gifts

    Best-selling Baby Gifts

      By Alison Cupp-Relyea     These thoughtful gifts, ranging in form, function and price point, are sure to be a hit at the holidays for the new baby in your life.   The Baby Shusher A new innovation that is quickly replacing the Sleep Sheep in popularity, this new sleep tool is proven to ease the transition to sleep. Calming, rhythmic noises mimic the sounds inside the uterus, helping young babies calm themselves and feel comforted in their environment. This makes a great gift for new parents who are hoping to catch up on some sleep this holiday season!...

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  • This Holiday Season, Teach the Value of Family

    This Holiday Season, Teach the Value of Family

      By Alison Cupp-Relyea   Every holiday season, many of us lament the rush, the demands, the crowds and the to-do lists and lose sight of what we should be celebrating: Family togetherness, traditions and love. Holidays give us a chance to create bright moments during cold winter days and share kindness and joy with others. With young children, the elements of surprise and wonder add a dash of holiday magic that is irresistible. This holiday season, don’t fret over the lists. Instead, find ways to revel in the magic. The holiday season will be more fulfilling if you spend...

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  • Tears, Separation and Getting Out the Door

    Tears, Separation and Getting Out the Door

      By Alison Cupp-Relyea   Back to school, daycare and work in the fall can mean a busy morning rush getting everyone out the door. In those moments when you most need the transitions to be smooth, separation issues can be particularly debilitating. Your child might have separated easily as a baby, but things change every few months. Toddlers are very good at sensing change and they are much more attached than newborns. While the tears are convincing, tugging at our parental heartstrings like a siren’s call, how we handle separation can resolve the problem quickly or exacerbate it. Working...

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