Why You Should Expose Your Baby to Music

How Can Mozart Help My Baby

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 ...

Alternatives to Using the Bumbo Seat

The Bumbo seat is not great for babies

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 ...

5 Benefits of Signing with Your Baby or Toddler (and How to Get Started)

5 benefits of signing with your baby or toddler (plus tips for how to get started)

Please welcome today's guest blogger, pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh from Playing With Words 365! Katie is here to share all about signing with your baby or toddler, plus tips for how to get started. I used baby signs with my son when he was a baby (and even now as a toddler), and it ...

Mama OT’s One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Enter MamaOT.com

{This giveaway is now closed} MamaOT.com turns one year old this month! It has been QUITE the year, filled with fun posts, new bloggie friends, and important real-life lessons learned along the way. I truly believe this blog has made me a better mom and pediatric therapist over the course of the past year. I am more ...

Diaper Rash Home Remedies

Mama OT: Diaper rash home remedies

Diaper rash is miserable. It's a totally common irritation of the skin in the diaper region that can be caused by a number of factors such as a too-tight diaper that inhibits air flow, a soiled diaper left on too long, antibiotics being taken by baby or nursing mother (which is then passed to baby), ...

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 ...

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 ...