Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter

Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter #childdevelopment #babies #pediOT

I am excited to welcome pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley as she shares practical ideas for how to support wobbly babies who are new to sitting, without the use of baby equipment such as a Bumbo seat.  . . . . . As parents, just when we think we’ve figured out how to keep our little ones ...

How to Use a Therapy Ball to Make Tummy Time Easier and More Fun for Baby

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If you've been around babies in recent years then you've probably heard about tummy time, am I right? Tummy time is simply any time a baby spends in the tummy-down position while awake and supervised. While placing babies on their tummies is not a brand new concept, it is something that has become more important in recent ...

30 OT Life Hacks: Tricks to Make Life Easier for You and Your Child

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Today I am excited to share with you 30 OT life hacks as part of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA's) campaign to promote the field of occupational therapy! What's a life hack, you ask? A life hack is any trick, shortcut, or new method that solves an everyday problem.  So what's an OT life hack? An OT life hack ...

Activities to Promote Your Child’s Communication Development

Great list of simple developmental activities to promote your infant, toddler, or preschooler

I am honored to have Pathways.org share a guest post today about simple yet powerful activities you can do with your infant, toddler, or preschooler to promote their communication development. I hope you find their ideas helpful as you communicate and bond with your child! . . . . . Birth to three years old is the ...

Cut Back on the Baby Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development

Tips and activities from a child development specialist and OT to promote your baby

Did you know that, in today's overwhelming world of baby stuff, new parents commonly spend between $9,000 and $12,000 on baby-related products in their baby's first year? WHAT???!!! Over ten thousand dollars on baby stuff??? In just the first year? Holy smokes! What is going on, people???!!! I learned this mind-blowing statistic from a book recently ...

How to Roll a Ball With Your Baby to Support His or Her Development

Tips from a pediatric occupational therapist on how to roll a ball with your baby to support the advancement of several developmental skills!

Did you know the simple act of rolling a ball with your baby can encourage a host of important developmental skills? Once your baby is able to sit independently when placed on the floor, she will be ready to start learning how to roll a ball back and forth with her favorite person: YOU! Some of the ...

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 ...

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 ...