Dr. Anne Zachry

occupational therapist & child development specialist

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Helpful Parenting Articles

Talking about my book “Retro Baby” on Fox & Friends! Click HERE to view the segment.

“Fine and Dandy” in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

The ABCs of Retro Activities  on Momiverse.com and DrLaura.com

“Eight Questions to Ask When Looking at Preschools” on Parents.com

“How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool” on Parents.com

“Six Things Preschool Teachers Won’t Say” on Parents.com

“Six Types of Preschool Programs” on Parents.com

“Before Starting Preschool: What Kids Should Know” on Parents.com

“Teaching Preschoolers to Use Scissors” on Parents.com

“Educating Caregivers about Tummy Time” (co-author Susan K. Slaughter) in OT Practice

“Crawl, Baby, Crawl” in Pregnancy & Newborn

Babies Love Mobiles” in Babytalk

ProSquad Consultant at ParentingSquad.com

P & N Ask the Experts: “Safe Sleep Practices” on Pregnancy & Newborn website

Ten Skills to Teach Your Preschooler Before Kindergarten” on babble.com

“Why Crawling is Developmentally Important” on babble.com

Help, My Baby Hates Tummy Time!” on Cornerstonesforparents.com

“Helmets Help” in Advance

“What’s the Big Deal About Tummy Time?” on Brighthub.com

Everything You Need to Know About Flattened Head Syndrome” on Brighthub.com

“The Importance of Crawling in Infant Development” on Brighthub.com

“The Truth About Tummy Time” on Parenthood.com

“Why Tummy Time Matters” in Advance

“Quick Tummy Time Tips” in Calgary’s Child

“Making Tummy Time Fun” in Charlotte Parent

“Tummy Time Tips” in Western New York Family

“Tummy Time Tips for Babies” in Family Friendly Knoxville


“Your Baby’s Behavioral Development: Month One” on Parents.com

“Your Baby’s Behavioral Development: Month Two” on Parents.com

“Why Children Should be Playing Outside” on www.TigerSheds.com

“Language Development Strategies in Toddlers” in The Global Post

Hands up, Baby” in Parenting-April 2012

“Preventing Flat Spots on Baby’s Head”Sheknows.com

“Independent Toddler Eating”– on Education.com

“What to do When Baby Won’t Sleep” on SheKnows.com

“Raising Baby in an iWorld” on SheKnows.com

“Ready, Set, Read!” in New Jersey Family – Feb. 2012

“The Importance of Tummy Time” in Ohio Valley Parent– Feb. 2012

“Rock & Roll: Tips to Get Your Baby Rolling Over” on Education.com

Tummy Time Tips

As a parent, do you dread tummy time? Does your baby cry every time you position her on her belly? Tummy time that is provided on a daily basis leads to the mastery of important motor milestones, such as rolling over, pulling up, and crawling. Also, infants who aren’t exposed to tummy time are at risk for motor skill delays and developing flat spots on the head.

Click HERE to for some helpful tummy time tips! 

Be careful when baby carries baby bottle, pacifier, or sippy cup

A study to be published in the June 2012 edition of Pediatrics, the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, reports an increase in the number of injuries related to the use of baby bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups in children younger than age three. Baby bottles accounted for the highest number of injuries, then pacifiers, and sippy cups, with the injuries occurring to the mouth, head, face or neck.

The researchers reported that the majority of injuries occurred due to falls while holding the product, suggesting that the children may have been walking or running at the time of the accident. The logical solution is to require children to stay seated while drinking from a baby bottle or sippy cup, or when using a pacifier.

Here are several more tips for keeping your baby safe:

• Supervise your child at all times

• Floors should remain free of toys and items that can be tripped over

• Always use a securely fitted safety harness in a highchair or bouncer seat

• Never leave your baby unattended on a raised surface

• Never place a baby bouncers on a raised surface

• The use of baby-walkers and table-mounted high chairs is not recommended

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