Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities book has so many back to basics activities for you and your baby to do and share! It's so much more fun for you, and for your baby when you spend actual quality time playing with them. Did you know that I didn't figure this out until I had my third child! I liked to watch my other two children play, and then they played together. But I never really sat down and played with them with their toys. I didn't show them how to stack blocks, how to play with little animals, how to look at books, or how to play with baby dolls. They seemed to learn it on their own, but not until much later.
My youngest daughter Hailey is now sixteen months old. Since I've been playing more with her and her toys, she can stack ten wooden blocks on her own, and balance them without any of them falling! She can carefully climb onto things and stand up or kneel on them, without falling. Hailey can also say Juice, Bandit (our dog's name), Uh-Oh, Dad, Mama, Cookie, and Bye! My other two children couldn't, and didn't speak more than Mama or Dada until they were twenty two months old. With Hailey, she imitates a lot of what my husband, two children, and I do. She watches carefully, and learns super quick. She has been using a fork to eat with for the past three months, and she's now wanting to attempt using a spoon to feed herself yogurt! I am not looking forward to this spoon stage, but it's all a right of passage, and learning too!
We did use a portable swing for a few months with Hailey. We also used a rocker/sleeper thing too. I do still put her in the stroller, even though she's been walking for a few months too. But it's to contain her, because she's so super curious about everything. She has little to no fear about things, or other people. We also used a jumperoo, which was a huge Godsend! Hailey would wear out our arms wanting to jump and jump and jump, over and over again. She loved it! Her newest thing is hanging upside down. She loves to do it. She also loves you to gently swing her while your holding her feet, when she's upside down. (Be super careful if you ever try this with your infant or toddler. When I do it over concrete or hard floors, it tends to freak people out!)
Some Information About The Book:
What do we risk by overusing baby equipment and technology? What are the best ways to help little ones build a strong foundation for growth and development? I am working with The American Academy of Pediatrics to launch a new book, out this October. Titled Retro Baby (AAP, October 2013) and written by one of the country's most prominent and respected occupational therapists and child development specialists, Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, the book emphasizes the importance of one-on-one play with children in the early stages of life, good old-fashioned bonding and recommends over 100 OT-approved time-tested activities.
Incorporating the latest recommendations from the AAP, Zachry - also a professor of OT at The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center - bases the book on her over 20 years of experience and extensive research by her and other experts in the field. Retro Baby Covers how an infant's brain, body, motor and sensory skills develop, explains the negative impacts of overusing certain baby gear and provides specific instructions for play positions and activities that are appropriate for each developmental stage, giving parents both a starting point and guidelines to help them properly invest in their child's future.
Retro Baby arms parents and caregivers of children birth to 24 months with important advice including:
- Activities, tips (and even homemade toy suggestions) for building a solid sensory motor foundations throughout various stages of a child's development
- The proper and healthy daily amount of time to use various types of baby gear
- Certain baby gear to avoid
- Tips for practicing Tummy Time
- Preventing Positional Skull Deformities.
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