Boosting your baby's gross motor development

This blog is designed to answer any questions regarding typical development, especially the domain of gross motor skills. I also hope to educate parents, caregivers and family members about how to keep their baby active through fun suggestions.
The idea came to me as I was listening to my friends ask me if what their baby was doing was "normal." There is so much variation on what typical movement looks like, that it is hard to give a one sentence answer! I also found that some parents need a little guidance on how to play or what to do with their baby during the day. It may seem like nothing to us, but those little bodies are constantly buzzing with activity and learning every second of every day. Lets learn how to maximize their growth!

I also welcome the opportunity to serve babies, toddlers and preschoolers in DuPage County Illinois through the early intervention program. Feel free to request my services as a physical therapist through your service coordinator or contact me directly: 314.504.3995.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


This Grandpa has the idea! Cuddling for the newborn has scientifically proven benefits!
So those first few days, you start to feel like there is no time for anything other than feeding your baby, burping your baby, changing your baby and them putting them to bed. Who has time to help their newborn exercise?! Here is the good news: Even if you have trouble finding time to play those first few days, there are physical benefits to cuddling your baby:

It makes sense if you think about it. Babies and children who are cuddled have a more secure relationship with their caregivers. This makes them more confident to try new things and have positive social emotional relationships with others in their life. How does this help your child physically? Perhaps it means they are better able to separate with you during drop off at childcare. Perhaps it means they are more willing to try something scary to them, like try to ride a tricycle for the first time.

And consider your benefit!: You get to hold that squishy, perfect beauty of a baby in your arms for as long as you like. It doesn't get much better than that.

Today's homework: Cuddle those little people in your life like you will never have the chance again.

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