October 12, 2013

RETRO BABY Book Review


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.

My Thoughts:    Retro Baby contains some great tips for first-time parents, as well as, well not so first-time parents.  Funny thing is some of the tips are things my mom and grandma gave me when my twins were infants.  Time tested and mother and grandmother approved.  With so many electronic gadgets being marketed to kids, it's nice to come across a book full of tips which promote interacting with your baby without bells and whistles, just good old fashioned mommy / baby fun.  

I really loved this book and will definitely share with new mommies in my circle.

Buy It:   Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores nationwide.

Disclosure: Many thanks to the PR firm for the opportunity to review this book. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The opinions expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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