"Don't open that!" As Mom to two little girls, I hear myself saying this line more times than I care to admit. The lunchbox, the closet door, the snack pouch, and the jar of paint. But as an OT, I'd like to switch the script. Repeat after me: "Don't Open That...For Your Child."
From a developmental perspective, taking a step back makes sense. It promotes independence and allows little ones to be challenged, face frustration, and problem solve. But there's more: learning to
Retro Baby's tagline spoke to me as an OT, a Mom, and an aspiring minimalist: "Cut back on all the gear and boost your baby's development with more than 100 time-tested activities." "Yes, please, tell me more!" I thought. This book is a great read/resource, and I highly recommend it for the parents and caregivers of children 0-24 months. (My dog-eared copy is a constant reference for me.) Its publication by the American Academy of Pediatrics is a compelling endorsement, and t