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 ...

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Working on Fine Motor Skills

5 things to keep in mind when working on fine motor skills -- tips from an occupational therapist. Helpful info for therapists or anyone else who works with kids!

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 annual state conference for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). It was SO FUN! I spent 80 minutes presenting to OT students on the topic of "How to Turn Household Items Into Fine Motor Treatment Tools". Pretty perfect considering I tend to post lots ...

An Introduction to the Sensory Systems

Introduction to the sensory systems

October is National Sensory Awareness Month, and today I'm here to introduce you to the many sensory systems that allow us to participate in and enjoy life!   If you've been around kid-land for long, then you've probably heard the term "sensory" thrown around here and there. Maybe you've heard about sensory exploration, sensory bins, sensory ...

Preschool Activity for Color Matching and Fine Motor Skills: Pushing Popsicle Sticks

Simple preschool color matching activity that also works on fine motor skills -- pushing colored popsicle sticks into an empty coffee can! #finemotor #childdevelopment

If you are looking for a simple preschool color matching activity that will also work on fine motor skills, try out this activity using colored popsicle sticks and an old coffee can! Here is what you'll need for this super simple fine motor activity: Empty coffee can with plastic lid (or similar item slightly taller than popsicle sticks) Colored ...

Let Your Baby Play With His Peas…and Eat Them Too!

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Today I am honored to welcome Occupational Therapist Carole Maisel as she shares about why it's okay (and important!) for babies to get messy and explore while they eat. . . . . . As a pediatric occupational therapist I understand the importance of promoting early self help skills and the intrinsic value of sensory exploration. According ...

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

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 ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: From Rattles to Writing {May 2013}

This month Mama OT is excited to feature the book From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills as the product of the month! From Rattles to Writing is written by Barbara Smith, a highly experienced occupational therapist who loves to educate and empower others. In addition to being an OT and an author, Barbara ...

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 ...