Tips for handling your own feelings when caring for fussy children

scream and shout

Please join me in welcoming MamaOT’s newest guest blogger, Kassandra Brown! Kassandra is a parenting coach who provides support and training to parents to help them be the best parents they can be. She is offering a special deal to MamaOT readers (details at end of post). Today she will be addressing a topic that I know affects every ...

Messy play with rainbow spaghetti!

Last weekend we celebrated our baby's first birthday, and what better way to do it than with messy play?! Messy play is great because it gives kids a chance to: have fun explore and learn about various textures using their sense of touch gain extra sensory input for those who need more than the average kid decrease sensitivity for those ...

10 tips for learning to breastfeed in public

Breastfeeding is quite the hot topic, especially when it comes to doing so in public. Some say it is perfectly natural and should be encouraged. They note how convenient it is and often remark it is the best thing for baby. Others argue that public nursing disregards the feelings of those who are uncomfortable being in ...

3 tricks to help kids learn to hold their pencil correctly

how to hold a pencil

Pencil grip is one of those things that is really hard to re-teach if kids initially learn it incorrectly. Though every child will end up settling on a pencil grip that works best for him or her, introducing the standard "tripod" grasp (pinching with thumb and index finger while resting on middle finger) is a ...

Messy play with homemade puffy paint

One of my favorite things about being a pediatric OT is that I get paid to play with kids! Obviously we do more than just "play", but one aspect of our playing that I get a kick out of every time is messy play. The other day, on a whim, I decided to whip together a ...

MamaOT and the “Top 10 Occupational Therapy Blogs”

Yesterday RehabAlternatives.com published a list of the Top 10 Occupational Therapy Blogs, and you know what? MamaOT.com was on there! I am very honored to have been included in this list of amazing bloggers, one of whom has written a guest post here on MamaOT. Remember Abby Brayton-Chung? She recently contributed a post entitled, "5 things your ...

10 of the best toys and games for preschoolers

10 of the best toys and games for preschoolers. Covers all major skill areas developed in the preschool years!

Last week I shared with you a list of 15 toys for baby's first year, as well as 7 of the best toys for toddlers. Today I want to share with you 10 of the best toys and games for preschoolers (ages 3-5). Some categories will overlap with those mentioned in the toddler post but the specific ...

7 of the best toys for toddlers

7 of the best toys for toddlers. Covers all major skill areas developed in the toddler years!

In my last post I shared with you 15 toys for baby's first year. Babies are great and all, but now it's time to talk about toys for toddlers! I'll be honest, this post was a little trickier because kids' abilities and interests become even more varied at this age, so it's difficult to put together ...

15 toys for baby’s first year

15 toys for baby

Is it not completely overwhelming how many toys are available for little babies?! How is a parent to know which ones are good and which ones are a waste of money? Yes, every baby has different likes and dislikes, so just because your little one goes ga-ga over a certain toy doesn't mean mine necessarily ...

Where can you find the best baby toys?

baby toys

Parents and caregivers often want to buy new toys for their little babies but, man!, are they ever expensive! Before heading out to an overpriced baby goods store, try rifling through your kitchen cupboards first. You'd be surprised by the hours of entertainment you'll find there, especially for young ones (around 6-12 months) who are ...