Invasion of that sweet imagination

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Mama OT is honored to welcome Annie Groves as its newest guest blogger. Annie is a mama to two (soon to be three!) precious girls and today she will be addressing the topic of childhood imagination -- perplexing nicknames, what happens when imagination comes to life, and tips for helping you engage your child's imagination. ...

Tips for wiping baby’s snotty nose with less fuss

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Flickr photo credit: rosidae Three things I know to be true: 1. Snotty noses are gross. 2. Snotty noses must be wiped. 3. Babies hate having their snotty noses wiped and will fight to the death to avoid having it done to them. Right? While I don't know we will ever be able to eliminate the unpleasantness associated with wiping a ...

MamaOT’s Makeover!

It's only been one month since the official launch of MamaOT and, already, exciting changes are coming. To those of you who have read, shared, linked to, or subscribed to this blog: THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. Thanks also to those of you who have commented, called, emailed, or Facebook messaged me ...

Tips for early identification of autism

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We've probably all heard of autism by now. It's a word that frightens and confuses many. The latest statistics show 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism, with a 1 in 54 rate for boys. In case you're not well-versed, autism is a genetically-linked, brain-based, developmental disorder that manifests in the early years of a ...

[Reblog] How to Miss a Childhood

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I came across a very moving post the other day on a blog called Hands Free Mama and I felt it was apropos, given the recent posts on parents developing attachment and learning how to attune to their children. The post is called "How to Miss a Childhood" and, woah!, is it ever convicting. Read it ...

Tips for helping you attune to your child

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Yesterday, Mama OT welcomed its first guest writer, Connor McClenahan. In his initial post, Connor explained why parent-child attachment "is arguably the most important task of parenting", and how you can facilitate this attachment by "attuning" to your child's needs and emotions. If you have not yet read Connor's first post, STOP what you're doing ...

Why parent-child attachment is like working with clay in a freezer

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Mama OT extends a warm welcome to its very first guest writer, Connor McClenahan. Connor is a graduate student in clinical psychology and is also a new dad! His recent experiences as both a student and new parent have taught him all about attachment -- how important and rewarding it is, how difficult it can ...

[Product Review] Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets

Teething can be a nightmare. Though some babies cruise through the teething stage with no problems at all, many experience intense symptoms (screaming ALL. NIGHT. LONG.) that force caregivers to shout in desperation, "Where is the magic pill to make it all go away?!" Enter Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets. I first discovered these tiny wonders through the ...

[2nd edition] One tip for introducing scissors: Use playdough!

This post was originally published here on Mama OT on April 28th as an introductory resource for caregivers. Yesterday, however, I had the honor of writing as a guest columnist for PediaStaff's OT Corner blog, a website serving as a resource for pediatric therapists across the country. Below is the new and improved second edition. It ...

Free nursing cover!

For all you nursing moms out there (or those who know nursing moms), check out this special Mother's Day deal from uddercovers.com...yes, the company is called "Udder Covers". Moving on. They are offering a promo code in honor of Mother's Day for a free nursing cover. Their nursing covers are high quality and are normally pretty ...