Activities to Promote Your Child’s Communication Development

Great list of simple developmental activities to promote your infant, toddler, or preschooler

I am honored to have Pathways.org share a guest post today about simple yet powerful activities you can do with your infant, toddler, or preschooler to promote their communication development. I hope you find their ideas helpful as you communicate and bond with your child! . . . . . Birth to three years old is the ...

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 ...

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

Mesh fresh food feeder

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 ...

25 Tips for Preventing Injury in Infant Caregivers

25 tips for preventing injury in infant caregivers. Written by a mom who is also an occupational therapist.

Caring for a baby is tough. Really tough. It takes a huge physical toll on the body. And sleep deprivation makes the body even more prone to injury and physical break down. The fact is, preventing injury is a challenge. If you're in the trenches of baby care, you know the last thing you need is ...

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 ...

Reusable Baby Food Pouches: Squishy Snak Paks!

baby food pouches

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 ...

Switch Out Your Toys

toys

Do you ever look at your child's toy box and think, "We really need some new toys"? Yep, been there. I know it's tempting to put all the toys out there and give them lots of things to play with. But what's the problem? The toys get old. Your child gets bored with them. You get bored ...

8 ways to use a baby play table

baby play table

Baby play tables are a great invention. As far as I can tell, they came onto the scene fairly recently (relatively speaking), and I have been amazed at how versatile they are. I've used them with infants in early intervention therapy, and they've also come in handy for promoting my own son's development during his ...

Tips for addressing throwing behavior

throwing

Let's be honest: isn't it annoying when cute little babies or toddlers start throwing stuff? And you can't even reason with them! Photo credit: Nerissa's Ring Here are five reasons why babies or toddlers might exhibit throwing behaviors, and what you can do about it. Reason #1: Developmental stage. From about 9-12 months, it's totally developmentally appropriate for babies ...