In the park today, I was discussing the sleep habits of a particular todder with his caretaker. One of the other babysitters said that toddlers gradually move from a morning to an afternoon nap. I pointed out that my daughter, age two and a half, still sleeps in the morning. The babysitter replied, “That’s because she’s not in a misgeret.”
Misgeret is a frame, or in this case framework–in other words childcare or gan (preschool). I pointed out that she slept when she was naturally tired and her sleep habits weren’t dependent on other people’s schedules. The babysitter said it depends on your perspective.
Here are some “truths” known to all Israelis about children.
- They need to nap between two and four in the afternoon.
- Even if they don’t nap, they must never go to friends’ homes during that time.
- They need to be in a “misgeret” from the age of two, unless they are particularly advanced in which case they can be ready up to half a year earlier. A commonly heard statement: “He’s twenty months old and is getting bored at home; it’s time for him to be in a misgeret.”
- Toilet training begins for all children at age two, weather-permitting (never in the winter, so it’s okay to advance or delay it accordingly).
- All babies must eat soup (recipe below) as one of their earliest solids, and this soup will remain a staple of their diet for the next year or longer.
- Bamba** is the first finger food and an essential component of a toddler’s diet.
Recipe for soup:
Potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. If the baby is lucky, some chicken or turkey will be added when he gets a little older. Mush all the vegetables and meat together, and feed to the baby every day. Never vary the recipe.
**Bamba is a highly processed, heavily salted, snack food made of peanuts and corn. Vitamins added.
Can my readers contribute any more?
Update: This post was featured on Israelity.