10 tips for helping babies learn to roll

Rolling is one of baby's first significant motor milestones. Hello, mobility! Not only is rolling the first step in developing postural control (important for later development of fine motor skills such as handwriting), it is also important because it engages a part of the brain responsible for making the left and right sides of the ...

One tip for introducing scissors: Use playdough!

Have you ever tried to teach a little one how to use scissors? It's really hard! Not only do they have to figure out how to divide up their fingers in order to operate the crazy things, but they also have to learn how to open and close them, as well as how to hold ...

Recipe for Easy Homemade Play Dough

Easy recipe for homemade play dough

Who doesn't love play dough? Play dough is great for so many reasons (like how it challenges fine motor, sensory processing, and pretend play skills), but it can get expensive, especially if kiddos decide to mix together several colors before putting them back into those tiny plastic pop-top containers. So why not just make it yourself? It's so ...

Official launch of Mama OT!

After several months of dreaming and brainstorming, I am excited to announce the official launch of Mama OT. My vision for this blog is that you will find practical tips and tricks to care for children, whether you are raising your own or caring for someone else's. These tidbits of insight are inspired by my many adventurous experiences ...

Don’t throw out your broken crayons: Use short crayons to promote correct grasp!

"No! Don't break that...(crack!)...crayon." Sound familiar? I know, you hate it when kids break stuff. It means toys have been ruined and money wasted. But, thank goodness, it's not true when it comes to crayons! They are actually better when they're broken. Here's why. Kids develop the ability to grasp and use a writing utensil in a fairly predictable progression. 1 to ...

10 principles for helping baby sleep through the night

Ahhh, sleep. Probably the most hotly debated topic in all of baby-rearing. It seems everybody's got an opinion, quick fix, or one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to baby sleep. As a mom whose baby has struggled with and fought sleep for months on end, I can personally vouch for the fact that the world is ...

Three tips for making pumping less painful and awkward

If you've ever used a breast pump, then you know how potentially painful and awkward it can be, especially if you do so on a regular basis. I mean, seriously, putting on plastic cones attached to a device that sucks milk out of you is not exactly the classiest or most comfortable thing you'll ever ...