2018

2018: you were nothing I thought you would be and everything I didn’t know I needed.

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My vision of you was linear, clean - and you were messy, swirling in the most transformative of ways.

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Katie Crosby
Favorite Baby toys & Gifts

New or old mamas to be, where do we start?? With all of the toys out there, how do we pick.

TOP THREE RULES WHILE SHOPPING FOR NEW BABES:

  • Go for PASSIVE toys to encourage ACTIVE children. Think about skipping the electronic, light up, talking toys and go for the passive, simple toys that help little ones learn about the world. The objects listed here help with fine motor and gross motor

  • Interaction and connection sets the stage for little ones feeling secure enough to ultimately explore and play on their own

  • Since so much sensory rich experience and information about the world is gained through oral exploration, all of these toys double as teethers/mouthing objects.

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favorite playroom supplies + equipment to create a “yes space”to nurture your child’s development

Especially in early childhood, it is the lessons learned through experience, doing, hands-on exploration, trying and failing and trying again, the internal desire to go for something and discover it without any of us directing them along the way - this is where the magic happens.

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How to? Make the opportunities available, create safe spaces, drop expectations, toss the perfection, and consider ourselves observers and guides versus directors or teachers along the way.

My favorite products for your YES SPACE?? There are countless options and no “right” choices, yet here is what makes the cut in my pediatric occupational therapy book!

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When do babies start talking?

As a pediatric occupational therapist working with infants and toddlers in early intervention, this is a common question. I am constantly hearing questions about: Is my little on track, where are they developmentally, and most importantly - what can we do to promote early communication?

The best part of my work is empowering parents to understand their child’s development in a broad view versus focusing on specific skills here and there. Here are 5 tips to enjoy your little while they’re working on one of the most highly anticipated developmental milestones - first words and early conversation.

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Katie Crosby
Living who we are

It pains me to know there are brilliant works, inventions, and resolutions out there in others because we humans are primed to care what others/society thinks and adjust our behavior and words accordingly. Nothing - not circumstance, not lack of talent, lack of wealth, lack of intelligence, holds us back more than our stories about ourselves and what we “cannot do.”

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Connection through Relationship

In a world of facade and these small snapshots highlighting all of the goodness life has to offer, it’s easy to get caught up in playing the “more” game instead of focusing on simplicity, connection.

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Katie Crosby