Fundamentals of Play

When it comes to babies and play, the possibilities are absolutely endless. There are so many toys, different varieties, and various purposes. It can be super overwhelming when you are looking for toys. *This page contains affiliate links* Some questions that I often receive are: What are developmentally appropriate toys and what are some toysContinue reading “Fundamentals of Play”

Swaddled Bathing

There is a secret I want to share with you and it is called Swaddled Bathing! I know what you may be thinking…swaddling my baby and bathing them at the same time? Let me promise you, it is such a cool experience for both you and your baby. I was first introduced to swaddled bathingContinue reading “Swaddled Bathing”

Swaddling and Development

As an OT, I am a huge proponent of swaddling for various reasons from the newborn state to ~3 months of age. In my work I love to explain the rationale of swaddling and I would like to share why I think it is important for infant development from the mind of an OT. IContinue reading “Swaddling and Development”

Containment Holds

Containment holds” is a practice that I most frequently utilize in the NICU, as is it a frequently used tool to help babies during care giving tasks (i.e. diaper change, temperature check, heel sticks). I have found that for the newborns of 0-3 months, that this practice can still be highly effective to support anContinue reading “Containment Holds”

Stress Cues

Did you know that there are other ways that babies can communicate stress silently, especially in the newborn period? Most times, you know your baby is stressed by listening to their cry, looking at their face, or hearing their grunts. In the first few months of life, babies also have “silent stress cues”. DON’T PANIC-Continue reading “Stress Cues”

Tummy Time

The infamous “Tummy Time”. I secretly think most parents dread tummy time, or cringe when they are asked if their baby likes tummy time. As an OT, I cannot tell you how many times I hear that babies don’t like tummy time. I think it stems from a variety of reasons, and I hope IContinue reading “Tummy Time”

My Journey to Infant Massage

When I started as an Occupational Therapist many years ago, I had the pleasure of working under the “Baby Whisperer”. She was our OT lead and absolutely amazing with infants. A majority of what I learned with her, are interventions I still use today. I even sing, and I will tell you that I absolutelyContinue reading “My Journey to Infant Massage”

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