Choosing Toys for Play With A Purpose During Baby’s First Year

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Here at Mama OT I love to write about the best baby toys and activities to promote infant development, so today I am excited to have pediatric physical therapist Nicole Sergent, co-owner of Milestones & Miracles, share about how to choose the best toys for baby's first year in order to make play time beneficial to ...

Baby Play Activity with a Muffin Tin and Rattle Balls {Tummy Time}

Place rattle balls in a muffin tin for a simple baby play activity that encourages hand-eye coordination (including reaching and grasping), strengthening, and motor planning for babies who can push up and roll but can

Playtime on the floor can feel tricky when you're supervising a baby who can push their chest off the floor and roll around, but can't yet crawl (between approximately 4-9 months). They are well on their way to developing the ability to crawl, but need some more time spent strengthening their core and upper body muscles! One ...

Simple Baby Play: Tissue Paper Kicking

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Today Occupational Therapist and owner of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley, M.S., OTR/L, is here to share one of her many creative baby play activities. She also has a pretty awesome, one-of-a-kind product she has created to equip new parents to know how to play with their babies and promote healthy development in the first four months of life.  . ...

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 ...

One Tip for Preventing a Flat Spot on Baby’s Head: Turn Your Baby

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Today I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Irene Collado. Irene is eager to share one simple trick for preventing a flat spot on your baby's head, plus she is excited to share about a campaign she is launching to help parents and caregivers prevent flat spots once and for all! . . . . . Did ...

Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter

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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 ...

How to Use a Therapy Ball to Make Tummy Time Easier and More Fun for Baby

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If you've been around babies in recent years then you've probably heard about tummy time, am I right? Tummy time is simply any time a baby spends in the tummy-down position while awake and supervised. While placing babies on their tummies is not a brand new concept, it is something that has become more important in recent ...

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 ...

From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills [Book Review and GIVEAWAY!]

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This month's featured product is a handy book called From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills, by Barbara A. Smith. Not only am I reviewing this book because I think it's AWESOME but I am also giving away FIVE FREE COPIES between now and this Wednesday, May 8th! Read on... Barbara is a fellow ...