How to play with your baby on an exercise ball

Playing with babies on an exercise ball is a fun way to help them strengthen postural muscles necessary for the development of motor skills. It's also an easy way to provide them with more opportunities for movement and sensory input (especially if they seek movement of their head a lot or you have limited space). Depending ...

One Trick to Help Your Baby Learn to Roll

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Looking for a suggestion to help your baby learn to roll? Try this one thing: Set down and pick up baby while shifting his weight to the side in a rolling motion. You can start this one as soon as baby is born and -- guess what? -- it's super easy to incorporate into your daily routine. You ...

40 Fun Sensory Bags

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Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure, and they are so easy to make! Earlier this week I featured four different sensory bags that I've introduced to my one-year-old (filled with beads, shells, squishy sparkles, or glow sticks). Now it's time to take a look at all the ...

Easy Sensory Bags for Babies and Toddlers

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I have been experimenting with sensory bags lately for my one-year-old and have been pleasantly surprised at how ridiculously EASY they are to make! For a basic sensory bag, all you have to do is 1) open a plastic bag, 2) squeeze in some cheap hair gel and 3) drop some small items in the bag. ...

Coming Soon: “One Thing” Thursday

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I'm excited to announce the newest addition to the MamaOT blog!: "One Thing" Thursday Every Thursday, I will feature one quick tip that you can implement to help improve some aspect of your child's development. I will keep it as focused as possible so it's short, sweet, and easy to use. The age range addressed will vary ...

No-Mess Fingerpaint for Toddlers

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Yesterday I shared how excited I was to find five great "no-mess" arts and crafts supplies for kids while wandering the aisles of Target over the weekend. Well, I decided to try one of them out and - I guess you can already tell - we went with the no-mess toddler fingerpaint! My little helper was eager ...

Five No-Mess Arts and Crafts for Kids

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This weekend I decided to take my little one with me on some errands and, like any curious parent/therapist, I found myself wandering through the arts and crafts aisle at Target. I find that, if nothing else, these meanderings are a good way for me to stay informed of all the latest products out there ...

Can Video Games Really Improve Your Kids’ Health? {Guest Post}

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Photo by Nick Burns At first glance, a statement identifying video games as a means toward achieving better health may sound like an oxymoron. However, the technology renowned for contributing to the stationary lifestyle of many Americans and ultimately contributing to both childhood and adulthood obesity now provides an option where it may contradict its former liabilities. Video games ...

Get up and dance with your baby!

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Have you ever found yourself wondering what the heck to do with a baby who can't roll, can't scoot, can't sit up, or can't crawl? Um, yeah, pretty sure we all have. Well, you're in luck, because here's an idea... DANCE WITH YOUR BABY! I don't care if you feel silly or not, your baby will more ...

Four Ways to Play Connect Four

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Photo credit: DQmountaingirl Connect Four is a great game that can be played in so many different ways if you're willing to think outside the box. Here are four different ways you and your kids can play Connect Four in order to mix things up and promote their development! 1. Use play dough. Push the Connect Four ...