How Does Crawling Develop?

An occupational therapist discusses how babies develop the ability to begin crawling. Part 1 in a 3-part series on the benefits of crawling (links to parts 2 and 3 included in post). #childdevelopment #pediOT #mamaot

Welcome to PART 1 of my 3-part series on crawling! Today I am excited to explore with you how babies develop the ability to crawl. Babies tend to begin scooting forward on their belly like a wiggly little lizard between about 8-9 months and then, on average, take their first official crawling “steps” on hands and knees ...

Top 10 Posts on Parenting and Child Development {2014}

2014: Top 10 posts on PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT from MamaOT.com. Part of a HUMONGOUS round-up of top parenting tips from 40+ moms, therapists, and educators. #childdevelopment #parenting #mamaot #babies

Parenting is HARD WORK and often information about what kids need in order to be happy and healthy can be confusing, overwhelming, or misleading. That's why I've put together a list of the top 10 most popular posts on parenting and child development from 2014 to help you out! Here are the top 10 posts that you, ...

A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

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 baby to support the development of social-communication, gross motor, and fine motor skills. #childdevelopment #mamaot

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! This post contains ...