Favorite Summer Activity: Playing with Bubbles {Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!}

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I am so excited to be teaming up with a great group of therapy bloggers this week to bring you a SUPER fun blog hop and giveaway! All of us have picked out our favorite summer toy or activity that promotes developmental skills. The list is full of great ideas that are sure to keep your ...

Kidmondo: An Online Program for Tracking Your Child’s Development and Creating a Baby Book

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Have you ever tried to keep up with your little one's baby book, only to constantly forget, fall behind, or feel like a total failure? Yeah. Me too. Today I'm excited for Michelle LaRowe to share with you about a fun, new, EASY way to not only track your child's development but also create an ...

How to Play with Your Newborn Baby (0-3 Months)

How to play with your newborn baby. Tips from a pediatric occupational therapist and mom of two.

Caring for a newborn baby is hard work, isn't it? Who knew that a tiny human who sleeps 18-20 hours a day could make life so exhausting?! The first three months of a baby's life truly are all about survival -- survival for the baby and, even more so, survival for the parents. Between the seemingly never-ending ...

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

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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 ...

Beware the Baby Bumbo Seat

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I am delighted to welcome guest blogger, Rebecca Talmud, DPT! Rebecca is a pediatric physical therapist, and today she is here to enlighten us about baby Bumbo Seats. . . . . . As a pediatric physical therapist I am constantly being asked about different pieces of equipment. What is best for children? What will help them develop, ...

To sit…or not to sit: Developing functional sitting skills in babies

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Today I am excited to welcome pediatric physical therapist Wendi McKenna, DPT, PCS, C/NDT! Wendi is here to talk to us about how to help our babies become independent, functional, confident sitters. (Spoiler Alert: It's not by putting them in a Bumbo seat.) . . . . . A celebrated developmental milestone is when a 6-month-old baby (give ...

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 Product of the Month: Baby Gym {July 2013}

This month's featured product on Mama OT is the super useful baby gym! Have you seen these before?  Baby gyms are one of the most versatile, practical baby products out there. They can be used from the first day baby is born, all the way until sitting (around 5-7 months), crawling (around 8-10 months), and beyond. Not only ...