Don’t let your own fears get in the way of your kids’ experiences

You don't realize the extent of your own fears until you have kids. Here's a true story: This morning I took my 10-month-old son to the nearby duckie pond. It's one of our family's favorite places and, now that he is old enough to interact with his environment, we love to bring bread with us so we ...

Fun (and effective!) chew tools for babies

Fun and effective chew tools for babies to help them strengthen their jaw, reduce tooth grinding, increase tolerance of food textures, and so much more!

I am reading this absolutely fantastic book right now by an expert speech and feeding therapist named Diane Bahr. She is teaching me all sorts of things I never knew about babies' mouths and I am becoming absolutely fascinated with feeding therapy (something I've never really been that interested in). I actually borrowed the book ...

[Product Review] Baby Food Dispensing Spoon for Plum Organics

After yesterday's baby food pouch giveaway, our winner informed me there is now a product on the market that makes it even easier to feed babies when you're out and about. Say hello to the Boon Baby Food Dispensing Spoon (made for Plum Organics baby food pouches): As you can see, it comes in a 2-pack and allows ...

And the baby food winner is…

It's time to announce the winner of MamaOT's baby food giveaway! I had a little help in selecting the big winner, so watch the video below to find out who it is: Entries: 01. jschmoekel 02. Claire Anderson 03. Haylee Brown 04. Crystal 05. Nicole 06. steisy 07. Courtney 08. bodybyvisuccess 09. Allie 10. anniegroves 11. Darcy 12. Amanda smith That means the winner is: Haylee Brown. You have won ...

5 things your child’s teacher wishes you would do this summer {Guest Post}

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Mama OT is proud to introduce its newest guest blogger, Jenna Schmoekel. Jenna recently completed her third year of elementary school teaching and is super excited for summer! But before she locks her classroom up and takes off for the summer, Jenna has a few things to say about what she (and other teachers like ...

Create a “yes” space for your baby

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Babies are basically never told "no" until they begin crawling. For four or seven or ten months (or however many months it takes until they learn to crawl), they are allowed to do pretty much anything they want because, well, they can't go anywhere and can't really get into much trouble. They are given toys ...

Baby Food Giveaway!

It's here! MamaOT's first ever giveaway! Last week I wrote about my newfound love of on-the-go organic puree baby food pouches. You can read it here. I'm fond of these pouches because of the easy-to-use twist top, the hard plastic straw that allows baby to suck straight from the bag (less mess and good practice!), and ...

How to turn recyclables into art supplies

During one of my internships as an OT student we did an art project we called "circle art". It can be done by people of nearly any age and level of physical ability as long as they have the ability to grasp objects and are given the appropriate level of supervision. All you have to do ...