Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-Tested Activities - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

New AAP Book, Retro Baby, Encourages Parents to Return to the Baby Basics – Emphasizes the Importance of One-on-One Play with Children in Their Early Stages of Life and Recommends Over 100 Time-Tested Activities.

While bouncers, walkers, carriers, electronic toys, and “educational” videos are intended to make parents’ lives easier and children smarter, according to a new book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), parents should consider reducing their baby’s time spent with gadgets and bond the old fashioned way by going back to basics.

Leading pediatric occupational therapist and child development specialist Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L is the author of Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-Tested Activities (American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2013), a new book intended to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of one-on-one play with children during the early stages of life. With over 20 years experience, Zachry understands that each family and baby have different needs and in her book, she offers many flexible strategies and suggestions for playtime that provide lots of opportunities to spend valuable time with baby, creating that special bond that will last a lifetime.

Incorporating the latest recommendations from the AAP with extensive research by Zachry and other experts in her field, Retro Baby covers how an infant’s brain, body, motor and sensory skills develop, explain the negative impacts of overusing certain baby gear, and provide 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 development and future.

Packed with more than 100 wonderful activities based on modern day research, Retro Baby is a comprehensive guide that will help parents and caregivers:

•Learn how crucial connections are formed between a child’s brain and muscles during the first year of life.

•Discover how the over use of some products can hinder infant exploration.

•Observe how good old-fashioned play affects your baby’s development in a positive way.

•Try a variety of ideas that enhance baby’s ability to learn.

•See how to make traditional, handmade toys using common household items.

Retro Baby also includes chapters on keeping your sleeping baby safe, practicing tummy time and preventing positional skull deformities.


Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and child development specialist with more than 20 years experience. 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. She cites and extensively supports AAP policy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has lectured at the University of Memphis and is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. Her blog, “Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: ( averages 30,000 hits monthly.

My Review:

I don't have a baby and haven't had one for several years. I don't claim to be on the up-and-up when it comes to baby development and safety. I do, however, think that we live in a fast-paced world that wouldn't hurt to slow down once in a while. Just because the newest gadget or product has hit the market, doesn't mean we always need it.

Retro Baby is an informative book that shows why parents don't always need the lastest in baby gear and why. It teaches parents to use "old-fashioned" methods to boost baby's development. The book is broke down into months of baby's devlopment at each stage. There are several suggested activities for each stage that are inexpensive and fun. Some of them are activities most parents already do with their baby, but there are also several fresh ideas. Also explained in the book is what baby gear the author suggests and which gear is harmful or not needed. New parents and caregivers would greatly benefit from this book.


Helga said...

I would love to share this book with my friend who is very old fashioned and expecting!