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 ...

30 Fun Multisensory Writing Activities

30 fun multisensory writing activities! ~ Mama OT

Multisensory play and learning is all the rage right now in early childhood circles. But the truth is, occupational therapists have known for a long time that kids are more likely to learn and retain information when they engage with materials using a variety of senses! Mutlisensory learning is helpful for ALL children because all kids ...

Homemade Edible Finger Paint (No Cornstarch Needed)

Homemade edible finger paint using only water, flour, and food coloring. Perfect for introducing little ones to messy play and basic art.

Today I wanted to try some finger painting with my little guy (20 months old). Unfortunately, I didn't have any paint and I wasn't able to go to the store to buy cornstarch or any of those other ingredients commonly used in homemade paint recipes. Thankfully, I did have flour and food coloring. So I simply mixed equal ...

Mama OT’s One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

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{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 ...

What is Therapeutic Listening ®?

Answers to basic questions about the Therapeutic Listening program for children who struggle with sensory, attention, social, emotional, or basic regulation issues.

This weekend I had the opportunity to further my professional development by obtaining training in a therapeutic program I've been wanting to use since before I was a therapist: THERAPEUTIC LISTENING ®. What is Therapeutic Listening ®? Therapeutic Listening ® is an "evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication." It's ...

Tips for Introducing Play Dough to Babies and Toddlers

Tips for introducing play dough to babies and toddlers

Have you ever excitedly tried to introduce play dough to a little one for the first time, only to have them reject it or simply walk away? Disappointing, huh? Don't worry, your child likely won't reject that magic dough forever! He just needs a gentle introduction. Once your older baby or toddler is past the mouthing ...

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), ...

Use Fresh Food Feeders to Introduce Solid Foods to Baby

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If you care for a baby who is relatively new to solids or is teething, then these these mesh fresh food feeders are for you! I love them because: You can introduce baby to new flavors, with a significantly reduced risk of choking. Some great foods to start with are soft foods like bananas, avocado, (clean right away ...

Reusable Baby Food Pouches: Squishy Snak Paks!

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I love baby food pouches! They are practical, healthy, and easy-to-use. I first discovered them when my son was eight or nine months old, and it made picnics in the park and coffee dates with Mommy so much easier...and less messy! Not only that, baby food pouches also taught him how to drink from a ...

Pumpkin Pie Scented Play Dough

Pumpkin pie scented play dough

November is here and there's nothing like the smell of sweet pumpkin pie...in your child's play dough! Pumpkin pie scented play dough is wonderful because it brings a whole other sensory dimension into kid's tactile play -- smell. Smell is unique because, unlike all the other senses, it is the only sense that goes directly to the ...