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 ...

Intro to Messy Play: Painting with Shaving Cream

Introduce kids to messy play by painting with shaving cream. Especially good for those with tactile defensiveness who don

If you have a kiddo who is hesitant to dip their little fingers into messy sensory materials, or even outright HATES it, try giving them a tool such as a paintbrush or spoon. This will allow them to engage with the tactile media without actually having to touch it. It also serves as a nice ...

How to Sneak Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Play

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Parents and teachers often ask me how they can incorporate more fine motor practice into their child's or student's day. Well, try this one thing: Sneak fine motor practice into their gross motor play! Many kiddos I work with struggle to sit still, focus, or follow adult-directed tasks, and their fine motor development suffers as a result. That's ...

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 ...