To the Mom Who Had a C-Section: You are NOT a Failure

To the Mom Who Had a C-Section: You are NOT a Failure. Your birth story does NOT define who you are as a parent. #pregnancy #babies #csection

I didn't know much about c-sections before I had kids. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was a second year student in OT school, immersed in a world of health education, research, and child development. I was completing my final clinical fieldwork experience, an awesome 8-month rotation at a pediatric therapy clinic. I was ...

1-2-3 Just Play With Me: Developmental Play Ideas for Kids from Birth to Three

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Here at MamaOT.com I love to share tips, ideas, and resources that will help encourage kids' overall development. That's why I'm excited to share a resource with you I recently learned about that is geared toward supporting the development of children from birth to three years of age!   "1-2-3 Just Play with Me" is an interactive ...

Tips to Get You Started with Infant Massage

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I am pleased to welcome Kim Lyons, MEd, CMT, as she shares all about how we can help our babies through the use of Infant Massage. . . . . . Touch is as essential as food and water in a child’s development. Through touch, families are able to listen, communicate, and read cues more effectively. Even if ...

Toddler Throwing Practice with Play Dough Basketball

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Does your child like to throw things? I know my toddler does. Well, challenge them to a game of play dough basketball! I tried this yesterday after making a fresh batch of orange scented play dough using this basic recipe (and I used 2 packets of orange Kool Aid as both the color and scent, rather than ...

Tips for Raising Smart Kids

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Someone shared an interesting infographic with me recently about how to raise smart kids. I wanted to post it here not because I believe there is a "formula" for turning kids into geniuses, but because I think it's a good conversation starter. As an occupational therapist, I like that it addresses the fact that there are ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: From Rattles to Writing {May 2013}

This month Mama OT is excited to feature the book From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills as the product of the month! From Rattles to Writing is written by Barbara Smith, a highly experienced occupational therapist who loves to educate and empower others. In addition to being an OT and an author, Barbara ...

Why Sensory “Calm Down” Bottles Work

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Have you ever found yourself working with or caring for a child who becomes so overstimulated or upset that nothing seems to help them calm down? While there are many whole-body sensory calming strategies that can be used to help kids calm and regulate their bodies, they aren't always available or effective in certain contexts. Wouldn't ...

How to Sneak Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Play

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Parents and teachers often ask me how they can incorporate more fine motor practice into their child's or student's day. Well, try this one thing: Sneak fine motor practice into their gross motor play! Many kiddos I work with struggle to sit still, focus, or follow adult-directed tasks, and their fine motor development suffers as a result. That's ...

Diaper Rash Home Remedies

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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 ...