Why You Should Expose Your Baby to Music

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Please welcome guest blogger, Jessica Socheski! Jessica is here to share with us today about why it is important to expose kids to music from an early age. . . . . . Between birth and age 3, a child’s brain rapidly grows to construct important pathways and connections. Subsequently, the benefits of music for the brain ...

Why You Should Use a Moby Wrap to Carry and Calm Your Baby

Tips from an occupational therapist about why a Moby Wrap is a good choice for parents who want to wear their baby!

Have you ever heard of the term "baby wearing"? It basically means holding your baby with the assistance of a cloth carrier. Did you know that baby wearing is one of the best things you can do for the "structural, neurological, physiological, and emotional development" of your baby? (Learn more here.) According to MobyWrap.com, baby wearing can ...

Kidmondo: An Online Program for Tracking Your Child’s Development and Creating a Baby Book

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Have you ever tried to keep up with your little one's baby book, only to constantly forget, fall behind, or feel like a total failure? Yeah. Me too. Today I'm excited for Michelle LaRowe to share with you about a fun, new, EASY way to not only track your child's development but also create an ...

How to Play with Your Newborn Baby (0-3 Months)

How to play with your newborn baby. Tips from a pediatric occupational therapist and mom of two.

Caring for a newborn baby is hard work, isn't it? Who knew that a tiny human who sleeps 18-20 hours a day could make life so exhausting?! The first three months of a baby's life truly are all about survival -- survival for the baby and, even more so, survival for the parents. Between the seemingly never-ending ...

Are Swimming Lessons for Everyone?: Helpful tips for introducing your child to the pool

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I am very excited to welcome Jennifer Ashton Ryan as today's guest blogger on Mama OT! Jennifer (pictured below with her daughter) is here to share about why it's important to introduce children to swimming, plus she will share what happens during swimming lessons and how you can go about getting your little one comfortable ...

Do We Need to Worry About Touch Screen Babies?

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Occupational therapist Katherine Collmer, author of the blog Handwriting with Katherine, is here today to share her insights on the latest findings and recommendations related to "touch screen babies". She has some powerful information to share, plus tips for how we can enhance our children's learning experiences without giving up the latest technology! . . . . . I ...

Developmental Benefits of Using a Baby Play Gym

Find out how you can use a baby play gym to help encourage your baby

Baby play gyms are likely THE most versatile baby products out there. And not only can they be used in a variety of ways, they also carry with them several important developmental benefits, which is why I've chosen to feature them as Mama OT's product of the month! This post contains some referral links, which ...

Alternatives to Using the Bumbo Seat

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Yesterday we learned from a pediatric physical therapist that Bumbo seats are a no-go because they can compromise babies' safety and overall development. (Read that informative post by clicking here.) So what are some good alternatives to the Bumbo seat? Here are some ideas that can be used for playtime and/or for those times when you just ...

Beware the Baby Bumbo Seat

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I am delighted to welcome guest blogger, Rebecca Talmud, DPT! Rebecca is a pediatric physical therapist, and today she is here to enlighten us about baby Bumbo Seats. . . . . . As a pediatric physical therapist I am constantly being asked about different pieces of equipment. What is best for children? What will help them develop, ...

To sit…or not to sit: Developing functional sitting skills in babies

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Today I am excited to welcome pediatric physical therapist Wendi McKenna, DPT, PCS, C/NDT! Wendi is here to talk to us about how to help our babies become independent, functional, confident sitters. (Spoiler Alert: It's not by putting them in a Bumbo seat.) . . . . . A celebrated developmental milestone is when a 6-month-old baby (give ...