Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities

Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities
By Anne H Zachry PhD

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Baby bouncers, carriers, electronic toys, and “educational” videos are intended to make our children smarter and our lives easier, but can their overuse negatively impact infant development? Absolutely. Retro Baby: Cut Back on Infant Gear, Media and Smart Toys, and Boost Your Baby’s Development with Time-Tested Activities helps caregivers understand the potential dangers of extended equipment use and overexposure to technology.

Retro Baby brings 20 years of experience from an occupational therapist and mother of three into your home. Anne Zachry, Ph.D. understands that each family and baby have different needs, and she offers flexible strategies and suggestions for playtime. With “back to the basic” ideas, Dr. Zachry gives you lots of opportunities to spend one-on-one time with your baby, creating that special bond that will last a lifetime


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #51423 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-10-29
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x 6.25" w x .50" l, .75 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 225 pages

Editorial Reviews

Review


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 mustread
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 cochair, Pathways.org Medical Round Table

Put down your smartphone and pick up this book. With plain-spoken, concise
wisdom, Dr Zachry provides vital, research-backed information for parents
of young children. Creative, interactive play with other children and adults
supports
healthy brain development in ways today’s technology never will.
Retro Baby provides parents fun, money-saving activities that will set their
children
up for lifelong success.
Mark Bertin, MD, FAAP
Developmental pediatrician, author of The Family ADHD Solution:
A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child’s Attention and Minimizing
Parental Stress, and editorial advisor, Common Sense Media

From the Inside Flap


Because we want the best possible start for our children, most of us will
be drawn in by marketing and advertising hype from baby product
manufacturers at some point. Bouncers, walkers, carriers, electronic
toys, and “educational” videos are intended to make our daily lives easier and
our children smarter, but their overuse may also impede child development.
The latest parenting book from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),
Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With
More Than 100 Time-tested Activities helps parents and caregivers understand
the importance of one-on-one play with your child.
In this exceptional book featuring more than 100 activities, you’ll
¦¦ Learn how crucial connections are formed between your child’s brain and
muscles during the first year of life.
¦¦ Discover how the overuse of some baby products can hinder infant
exploration.
¦¦ Try a variety of ideas that enhance your baby’s ability to learn.
Retro Baby brings 20 years of experience in this area into your home. Anne
H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, understands that each family and baby have different
needs and offers flexible strategies and suggestions for playtime.
About the Author
Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist, child development
specialist,
and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center. Her research on this subject has been published in national peer-reviewed
journals
and her profession’s trade magazines as well as a number of parenting magazines.
Her blog, “Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips” averages 50,000 hits monthly.

From the Back Cover


Because we want the best possible start for our children, most of us will
be drawn in by marketing and advertising hype from baby product
manufacturers at some point. Bouncers, walkers, carriers, electronic
toys, and "educational" videos are intended to make our daily lives easier and
our children smarter, but their overuse may also impede child development.
The latest parenting book from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),
Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development With
More Than 100 Time-tested Activities helps parents and caregivers understand
the importance of one-on-one play with your child.
In this exceptional book featuring more than 100 activities, you'll
- Learn how crucial connections are formed between your child's brain and
muscles during the first year of life.
- Discover how the overuse of some baby products can hinder infant
exploration.
- Try a variety of ideas that enhance your baby's ability to learn.
Retro Baby brings 20 years of experience in this area into your home. Anne
H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, understands that each family and baby have different
needs and offers flexible strategies and suggestions for playtime.
About the Author
Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist, child development
specialist,
and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center. Her research on this subject has been published in national peer-reviewed
journals
and her profession's trade magazines as well as a number of parenting magazines.
Her blog, "Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips" averages 50,000 hits monthly.


Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5A must-read for any new and expecting moms
By Meg R
I am a developmental play therapist, working primarily with children ages 3-6. When I became pregnant, I started studying up on infant development since it was an area I was not as familiar with. I was looking for a good resource that would give me some tools to help promote my baby's language/ cognitive, physical, and social development. I am so incredibly grateful that I found this book- not only did it have exactly what I was looking for, it provided a ton of practical examples as well as developmental reference charts, which serve as a nice reference and reminder. She also discussed the dangers of the baby gear "trap" that so many parents are in. There are SO many products targeted to new parents (rock n plays, baby swings, jumparoos) and she explains and gives evidence as to why overuse of these items can hinder infant development.

Pros:
- written by a Pediatric Occupational Therapist (this was very important to me since pediatric OT's specialize in infant development)
- easy to read, any medical/OT jargon is well explained, even if you are not familiar with child development terms
- cites actual research
- black and white pictures/ charts throughout
-excellent and very practical, hands-on information

Cons:
-the only con I could think of, and it may not be a con for some, is that there were certain parts of the book that overlapped/were repetitive. For example, there's a section on back sleeping and it emphasizes back sleeping many different times throughout. So, I don't know that it's a con since back sleeping is obviously incredibly important, but if it's information you are already aware of, it can feel repetitive.

If you are expecting or a new mom, I HIGHLY recommend this book if you want practical ways to engage and encourage proper development for your baby.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3Good inspiration
By Kris
Probably more info on what to avoid here than what to make and add to the environment but I liked the ideas that you should not fill a baby's world with flashing lights and bouncing chairs, although with colicky twins I sometimes wish I had had a bit more bouncy chair help the first few months I later saw other twin mums heading to the physio for flat head problems so maybe it was a good thing I was inspired not to give in to gadgets. There are enough around as they get older.
Finding the Active Learning Series and Arnwine's Starting Sensory Therapy actually have more good ideas on toys to make together for my, seemingly perfectly normal, 16 month old twins.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Great book for first time parents
By Laura
I bought this book thanks to reviews I read online and I am not disappointed.
Pros:
Interesting comments of baby developmental milestones
Lots of advice and activities to promote the baby good development during the first years of life.
Some good ideas to play with your baby even at birth

Cons :
Some activities proposed are sometimes quite similar or repetitive
lack of images to illustrate the activity or only in back&white pictures which look a bit cheap for a book at +10$...

I tried some activities with my baby quite often and tried to find out what she likes. She used to hate tummy time and now she can stay on her tummy for longer time and feeling comfortable. At 3.5 month old she rolled for the first time for tummy to back by herself!

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