25 Tips for Preventing Injury in Infant Caregivers

25 tips for preventing injury in infant caregivers. Written by a mom who is also an occupational therapist.

Caring for a baby is tough. Really tough. It takes a huge physical toll on the body. And sleep deprivation makes the body even more prone to injury and physical break down. The fact is, preventing injury is a challenge. If you're in the trenches of baby care, you know the last thing you need is ...

An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists

"An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists". One mother

Please join me in welcoming Melissa Castino Reid as MamaOT's newest guest blogger. When Melissa first shared her daughter Rachel's story with me several months ago, I was moved beyond words. I signed up to join her "Bus of Hope" and have been following their journey ever since. I hope her story, struggle, and triumph ...

Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Craft

Valentine

Valentine's Day is less than a month away and many classrooms have already traded in winter themes for heart-shaped crafts and activities. Here's a simple heart-centered fine motor activity I have done with some students recently to target their goal areas while also giving them a chance to make something they can bring home to ...

Use a Pullover Bib to Practice Pre-Dressing Skills

Use a pullover bib to practice pre-dressing skills. So simple!

  Yesterday morning my 17-month-old son was wearing a pullover bib (something I had never heard of until my mother-in-law gave us one) and, all of a sudden, he pulled it up and over his head just like he was taking off a shirt. As soon as I saw him do this, a light bulb went ...

4 ways to get babies moving

4 ways to get babies moving

Babies need to move just like grown-ups do. The only problem is, they can't. Sure, newborns can wiggle. And, yeah, pre-crawlers can roll. But it's not the same as big time movement through space. Did you know that a baby's movement sense (called the vestibular system) lives in the inner ear and is developed by the ...