Retro Baby: Timeless Activities to Boost Development—Without All the Gear! (Paperback)
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It can seem like your baby needs so much gear and so many toys! But when it comes to their health and development, less is more.
In Retro Baby, pediatric occupational therapist and child devel¬opment specialist Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, shows you how bouncers, swings, and other baby holders, as well as electronic toys and screen time, can hinder your baby’s development and delay milestones.
Retro Baby will help you cultivate a back-to-basics parenting approach, featuring ideas for hands-on activities, instructions for homemade toys, and plenty of encouragement for one-on-one playtime with your baby. You’ll save money, reduce household clutter, and, most importantly, boost development and bonding with your little one!
About the Author
Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist, child development specialist, and associate professor of occupational therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
"Packed with wonderful 'retro' activities and based on modern-day research, Dr Zachry shares how to avoid 'baby product' hazards by sticking with the tried-and-true, fun, sensory-motor activities that babies really need. A must-read guide for the discerning parent!" —Barbara A. Smith, MS, OTR/L, author of From Rattles to Writing; A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills
"This is a great book for any parent, but particularly for those who want to minimize the high-tech, often unnecessary, paraphernalia being pushed these days! Parents, you will appreciate the creative ideas for entertaining your baby and encouraging your baby’s development." —Rachel Y. Moon, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Children’s National Medical Center; editor in chief, Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know; chairperson, American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
"It’s great to see someone take notice of the wonderful way that experiences while awake in prone help the infant learn essential motor skills and do not require special expensive equipment. In addition, parents can be their child’s first teachers of exploration, communication, social interaction, and sensory and manipulation skill using inexpensive toys. Many parents will learn that there are simple, easy ways to promote a baby’s development." —Michael E. Msall, MD, FAAP, FAACPDM professor of pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, and co-chair, Pathways.org Medical Round Table