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My Child Isn’t Walking – Should I Be Concerned?

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walking, one of the major milestones that people know in a child’s development.  Walking can happen at any time.  You have kids that are walking before they are a year old and some that are still working on it once they’ve turned two, or even older.  If you ask my family, I was running before I turned one but am still working on mastering the concepts of walking without tripping!

There are so many pieces that go into walking.  When you stop to think about all the parts, its amazing that any of us got up off the ground, let alone took our first steps!

There is such a wide range of ages for kids to start walking and many families may ask their pediatrician’s about if they should be worried if they aren’t walking by age one, or by age one and a half, etc.  That in and of itself isn’t a concern, however what you need to look at is what they ARE doing.  If you take a look at the precursors to walking it may give you a better idea about whether or not you should be concerned.

Prior to a kiddo being able to walk they need to be able to stand.  So look at if your child is pulling to stand at furniture or if they are standing holding onto your hands or they may even be standing all by themselves.  A lot of times kids will start pulling to stand in their crib and bouncing up and down.  This is how they are learning about how their muscles work so that they can use them in this ‘new’ upright position they’ve discovered.

If your child is standing but not yet taking independent steps then the next thing you want to look at is if they are cruising.  Are they moving sideways along the furniture while holding on?  This process helps them to learn how to weight shift so that when they begin to take steps they know to put their weight over one foot so they can lift the other foot up and step.

If they are cruising but not walking you want to next consider if they are attempting to move between pieces of furniture.  This is a more advanced form of cruising.  You can encourage this by having your couch and coffee table and chairs spaced out so they will have support to target as they attempt to move around on their feet.  They may be taking one or two steps between the objects or they may be keeping their feet planted while they reach as far as possible to get their hands on that next support surface before they move their feet.

If they are doing this but not walking then they are almost there.  You just want to create opportunities for them to have to take steps more and more on their own.  Maybe its moving a short distance from mom to dad or from the couch to mom.  Make it motivating and they will move!  It won’t be pretty initially because it will look more like a lunge at the support surface but that is how they learn how much of each muscle group to turn on so that they can eventually maintain their balance and move.

So, as you start to ask yourself if you should be concerned work backwards looking at what they are doing.  Get them solid on their building blocks that lead up to walking and they will get to walking sooner.  Just make sure you are ready for them to be into everything!!

This article was reprinted with permission from Starfish Therapies

Starfish Therapies is a pediatric physical therapy company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the kids and families we work with. We believe that therapy should involve enough fun and imagination that a child not only enjoys it, but looks forward to coming and doesn't realize how hard they are working.

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Nurturing a Gritty Kid

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grit, as defined by world-renowned psychologist Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD, is “our passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” It’s the effort, commitment, and determination to adapt in the face of challenge and nevertheless persist.

Current cultural values too often focus on having a fixed amount of natural talent, intelligence, and giftedness. Either you have it or you don’t. Phrases that we all use with the best of intentions include, “you’re so smart!” or “what a natural!”

However, Duckworth argues that the cultivation of grit, which can grow and develop, is what will truly prepare your child for a life that is satisfying, meaningful, and gratifying. We now know that brains are malleable and benefit from opportunities to grow, strengthen, and create new wiring connections throughout life.

As the last weeks of summer approach, this is a perfect opportunity to reexamine how you already may be cultivating grit in your family. You may also find that you inadvertently ignore or even undermine the development of grit. Instead, I invite you to highlight and reframe setbacks or perceived failures as grit-growing opportunities.

Be sure to take note of what motivates and interests your child. What is his or her passion? Duckworth recommends that parents encourage children to stick with an interest for longer than one to two years and during that time to focus on growth and improvement. She devised and practices the “Hard Thing Rule,” which means that you select a challenging activity—a sport, instrument, art, dance, or a foreign language—that you must practice nearly every day. Everyone in a family selects their own commitment activity and must stick with it until the end of the tuition period or school year. She recommends that you revisit your interest and commitment, to anticipate peaks and valleys, but to encourage one another to persist through boredom, struggles, or challenges.

Children, especially if they have low self-confidence, ADHD, anxiety, or learning challenges, may need extra assistance to promote and cultivate grit. That is because self-doubt, loss of interest, the drive for novelty, or the cumulative impact from years of negative feedback may inadvertently undermine the development of grit. All children, but especially these children, will benefit from their parents, caregivers, coaches, and teachers mindfully reinforcing, modeling, and intentionally encouraging the growth of grit in them.

Here are some sample phrases to consider adding to your repertoire when giving your child feedback, praise, or encouragement:

“Yes, keep on practicing!”

“I love seeing how passionate you are about this.”

 “I know it’s hard, I’m here to help, but first let’s look at what you’ve already tried.”

“I believe in you to see this through.”

“You can be proud of yourself for sticking with it. I’m proud of you for trying, learning, and growing.”

Happy gritification.

Ellie Pelc, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at Parents Place in San Francisco.

This article was reprinted, with permission, from Parent's Place. 

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Meet PAMP's Events Chair Rebecca Cafiero

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Updated: Monday, September 4, 2017

PAMP Events Chair Rebecca Cafiero joined the club in April of 2016, when her son, Luca, was two months old. As a first time parent, Rebecca was eager to meet local moms with children similar in age to Luca.


 Like many of the 2017-2018 PAMP Board of Directors, Rebecca is passionate about creating a community amongst women and decided to join the board to use her skillset of planning events and her Google Calendar “samurai skills.”


“The role include being the events visionary for the PAMP team, prioritizing goals and assisting in the strategy to grow PAMP’s presence through events, as well as getting to know other local parents,” she says.


Rebecca is focused on increasing membership retention by increasing the number of events and expanding exposure of PAMP’s offerings to attract new membership while engaging current members. She is looking forward to “fostering more member organized events.”


“The board is a diverse group with different interests and backgrounds, but a shared enthusiasm for growing PAMP and its impact,” she says.


Rebecca, a resident of Palo Alto, says she and Luca loved attending PAMP’s Blanket Babies and the subsidized classes at Music Together and My Gym when he was younger. Currently, the pair love reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Rebecca says she’s eager to for her son to experience the classic movies – like Mary Poppins - she loved growing up.


As a work from home mom, Rebecca has turned her hobby of helping women live their healthiest, most balanced lives into a career. She also enjoys yoga, dance, Soul Cycle, mom dates that include manicures and pedicures, golden lattes, good boos, reading, writing, travel, “anything related to personal mastery” and watching Luca learn new things. Learn more about Rebecca at

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Register Now for Fall Fun at the Farm Day

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Updated: Monday, August 28, 2017

It's that time of year again! The weather is cooling - well, it will be soon enough - the pumpkins are almost ready to be picked and the crisp fall air is on its way back to the Peninsula! It can only mean one thing: PAMP's Fall Fun at the Farm Day is on its way!

Back by popular demand, Fall Fun at the Farm Day will be Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At only $10 per PAMP family and $25 for non-PAMP families, you will want to make sure you're there for all the fun!

Ride a pony, play in the petting zoo, jump in the bouncy houses and take a hayride or train ride. The day will be filled with everything you've come to expect from a PAMP outing at Pastorino Farms in Half Moon Bay! There will even be a pumpkin patch for everyone to enjoy!

As always, PAMP will provide light snacks and water but feel free to pack a lunch or bring a picnic for your family. 

Pastorino Farms in Half Moon Bay is 30 minutes from the Palo Alto/Menlo Park area. Come and enjoy all of the great activities and spend time with fellow PAMP members. The event starts at 10 a.m., but you can show up any time and spend as much or as little time as you want. Children of all ages are welcome.

Register today!

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10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Updated: Monday, August 28, 2017

Childhood is fun. We think that the moon is following us wherever our car goes. We do not spit the chewing gum even after we have sucked the life out of it. We pee in the swimming pool. Oops… admitted it by mistake! Being weird without being high on drugs is one of the side-effects of childhood.

Let’s face it, before the intrusion of technology, we at least had a childhood, no matter how weird we acted.

Knock Knock… Any room for Yoga?

Technology — what was supposed to be a useful servant has now become a bad master. A one-minute task of switching off the alarm or checking an email leads to half an hour of browsing and scrolling through messages, pictures, and jokes. Before we know, study time, play time, and eating habits are already compromised. As parents, we plan so much for our kids, but not everything goes as per our plans. Given all the big plans you have for your kids, does yoga fit in it?

How Yoga is Spreading

Yoga is an excellent way to borrow “my time,” and feel loved, alive, and free from technology invasion. As they say, logout, shutdown, and do yoga. Interestingly enough, a growing number of kids are embracing yoga in their lives. Kudos to their parents! The National Center for Health School’s health blog reported that 1.7 million American kids are hooked to yoga. These numbers were from 2012. Getting caught by its growing interest, it won’t be an understatement to claim that the figures might have doubled by now. Hope you are not left on a cliffhanger dying to know the current numbers. Ok, let’s take a look at some current statistics.

Yoga by the Numbers

A study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance states that more than 36 million people practiced yoga in 2016 in the United States alone. Now, here’s the evolution part. Four years back, the numbers were around 20 million. Judging by its growth, we might hit 50 million in a year or two. Bingo! That would be a monumental feat by all means. After all, these are not mere data, but a positive endeavor in the right direction. We all know that yoga has been linked to our overall health and wellness. Since Yoga among kids is also on the rise, let’s explore some proven benefits of yoga for kids.

1. Encourages Self-Acceptance

There is no shortage of people in the real world that send out endless messages of lack and inadequacy. It’s easy for our kids to get sabotaged with these messages. As a result, they might grow up with feelings of self-doubt and lack of confidence. What may also follow is the ruthless job of masking the stinky feeling of frustration, pain, and anger. At best, we could only be a mere spectator to this event, especially when our kids have mastered the art of hiding their feelings from us. Don’t fret yet because this Satan of better life won’t be able to put up a battle against a much stronger opponent, ‘Yoga.’

Yes, yoga is a no bullshit approach to killing self-doubt at its roots. It helps one gravitate to a state of mind where one is comfortable being themselves. It arms kids with the right tools to break off the undesirable feeling of lack and self-doubt. Yoga clears all the clouded thoughts and allows the sun to shine once again by eliminating all the harbored negative thoughts and by killing the inner critics in a person. So, it pays to embrace yoga to eliminate the soul-sucking self-doubt from your kid’s life. There is no better way to morph oneself into a better and more confident person.

2. Physical Benefits

As reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five school going kids are obese. Damn! The obesity epidemic is on a ruthless trail. As we all know, obesity can have immediate as well as long-term impact on a kid’s social, physical, and mental wellbeing. Yoga can keep their bodies moving. With daily exercise, kids can derive a great deal of physical benefits such as reduction in weight, improved athletic performance, increased flexibility, better muscles, protection from injury, and healthier body metabolism.

Believe it or not, we have just scratched the surface over here. Truth be told, the health benefits of yoga are difficult to explain in a nutshell. We haven’t even talked about how it improves body posture, solves digestive problems, betters bone health, increases blood flow, drops blood pressure, relaxes our system, and so on. Not sold yet to roll out the Yoga mat for your kids? Okay, stay tuned as we introduce you to some more benefits of yoga for kids.

3. Living in the Present

Adults or kids, we are so tied to the past and future that we forget about the valuable ‘present.’ Believe it or not, most of us are doing a great disservice to ourselves by being trapped in the past and future.  Yoga can help us take stock of the incredible power of the present. Yoga attends to our mind, body, breath, emotions, and soul. By sharpening our mind and through the awareness of the breath, it allows us to stay focused in the present moment. So, don’t quit yet. This is not the moment to step back.

By helping us conquer fear, tame desires, and defeat sadness, yoga can get rid of unnecessary stress and expectations that could be holding us back from living in the moment. Instead of dictating actions to our body, yoga coaches the mind on how to listen to our body in complete awareness without any judgments or expectations. Remember, this is not an easy state to attain. It could take a while for any yoga practitioner to get there. Therefore, it helps to start off early. By the time kids grow up, they would be a naturally present person.

4. Awesome Stress Tool

Just because you can’t see your kid’s thoughts, doesn’t mean that they cannot fall prey to stress. A study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey states that one out of every five kid in the United States suffers from some kind of mental problem. Remember, kids are not emotionally prepared or equipped to handle stress like adults. They often fail to detach themselves from the source of stress, so they could react oddly in certain situations.

Practicing yoga can prove to a great outlet to disburse stress. Health experts have long agreed that yoga releases happy endorphins—also investigated and confirmed by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Not to forget the fact that yoga incorporates several relaxing moments to calm one’s mind and body. Its proven calm relieving abilities provides both immediate as well as long-term benefits. So, don’t let the stress of daily life hold your kids back. They don’t deserve to lead a life filled with panic, anxiety, and trauma. Let the Yoga wand do its magic!

5. Improves Focus and Concentration

Today, our kids are bombarded with endless external factors that keep their mind scattered for the most part. Whether it’s Pokemon or any other fancy app, kids surrender to every other digital tool on the release date itself. Their focus and concentration appear nowhere in sight. As a result, their grades plummet. Our kids suffer in other areas of life as well, where focus and concentration are a necessary evil. Most parents are left with a grossed look on their face because they know that they are up against their worst enemy, ‘evil technology,’ which has already won the first round.

For the round two, it’s advisable to show up in the enemy’s territory with your companion, yoga. Yes, it’s proven that yoga has the ability to improve focus and concentration, so you are sure to win the upcoming battle. When kids learn how to stay glued to one place and focus on what’s important at the moment, they do not let their minds wander easily. Better yet, they do not get distracted by everything under the sun. This boosts their attention span like nothing else. With improved focus and concentration, they perform better in school and all other walks of life. So, there you have it, the elegant secret to better focus and concentration.

6. Fosters Non-Competitive Environment

The majority of us are raised with the belief that we cannot grow without cut-throat competition. Without competition, we are bound to be a lazy, mediocre bum in life. The worst part is that competition compels us to envy winners and feel marvelously bad about ourselves on losing a battle. On the other hand, healthy competition also brings out the best in us. Truth be told, competition is a double-edged sword. It has its share of good and bad elements.

Gladly, yoga is a non-competitive activity. So, there are no undesirable expectations, pride, or envy involved. Moreover, yoga keeps things in perspective. In yoga, kids are not taught to compare themselves with one another. People of all ages try to be the better version of themselves as opposed to being at each other’s throat. With a mix of young and old people, it’s more of a joyful, health beneficial environment without the competitive ruckus. It’s more of an inward journey of life that does not have room for an outward competitive drive.

7. Improves Mind-Body Coordination

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means yoke or join. At its core, this 5000-year old art means union. A host of yoga poses fuels certain chemicals in our brain to promote inner peace and mental wellbeing as stated by a new study conducted by a UCLA-led team of neuroscientists. It’s the most effective union of the mind, body, and the soul to release boatloads of harmony, happiness, and good health. The mind-body synergy offers unparalleled benefits to a person. All yoga poses emphasize on deep, controlled breathing, which is an essential step to calm the mind and body to experience deep rooted benefits. Over the years, a growing amount of studies has proven the physical and mental benefits of mind-body exercises.

8. Sparks Creativity

When kids are allowed to do their own yoga poses, it inspires them to be creative in life. New possibilities emerge when kids are given such freedom. As a matter of fact, it proves to be one of the best forms of self-expression. It helps one generate positive energy to get motivated to access their limitless creativity. Not to forget the fact that studies have shown that mindfulness meditation has long been associated with creativity. So, creativity hasn’t vanished from our lives yet. Damn! Its use is on the extinct these days. Yoga helps to fill the gap over here by poking creativity out of our kid’s head.

9. Boosts Confidence

As kids master new poses with daily practice, it creates a flow between the mind and body, which radiates confidence. Remember, it all starts with baby steps, before the kids are able to do near-impossible poses. The humble start to praiseworthy feats imbibes a great deal of confidence in them. Since yoga allows enough opportunity to master a pose at one’s own pace, there is no room for frustration or disappointment. Even learning at a slow pace does not take a hit at one’s confidence level. Having mastered some poses in the past, they know that victory is only a few lapses away. All they need to do is keep moving.

10. Encourages Social Interaction

Yoga teaches kids that we are all the same from the inside, no matter how flashy a person may appear from the outside. Moreover, yoga inspires kids to be more patient, helpful, kind, and empathetic towards others. A person with such qualities is generally welcomed with open arms in a group setting.  A study conducted by the University of Nottingham on kids showed that certain yoga poses encouraged togetherness, mutual caring, and a more positive attitude, which made social interaction an easy task.

ConclusionUnlike other things that we have tried in the past, we are not paying a lip service to a good life by incorporating yoga in our kid’s life. With most children steadily falling prey to technology and illness, it won’t be an understatement to claim that yoga is the cornerstone of active and healthy living. Not to forget the value of happiness, satisfaction, and self-worth it generates.

So, it pays to be a “go-getter” and head shopping for a yoga mat to set the path for a yoga routine in your kid’s life. It would prove to be one of the best decisions of your life. Even if were to derive 10% of the benefits outlined above, the time spent on yoga would be fully justified.

Sandra Cobain is a mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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Bring Back the Playpen and Lock the Bathroom Door! 5 Simple Steps Toward Self-Care for Moms

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Over 70% of U.S. moms say mothering is “incredibly stressful.” Studies also show that chronically stressed moms tend to be more insensitive to their kids’ needs, and that a mother’s ability to manage her own stress is a strong predictor of the quality of her relationship with her children and how happy her children are.

So now we can be stressed about how our stress might be harming our kids!

Despite the widely held belief that self-care is important, most mothers express guilt over taking time for themselves, or even consider it indulgent. Or they simply can’t fit it in between meeting everyone else’s needs. But caring for ourselves not only improves our capacity to be more attuned to our families, it models an important message to our kids: You are important and deserving. Be good to yourself. Our kids learn these things from us, and what better way to teach them than to model it for them?

Here are 5 ways to model the importance of taking care of ourselves:

  1. Bring back the playpen! (or the age-appropriate equivalent). Mothers of our generation were taught that our kids should have free rein in order to explore their environment. And while we know that exploration and experimentation is good for kids of all ages, so is mom’s ability to take a shower or pay the bills without fearing that baby will stick his finger in a socket. Kids don’t get free rein at our expense – so put baby in the playpen, or turn on the TV if you must. Having your full attention and the freedom to explore their surroundings is important, but so is your getting a shower when you need one!
  2. Say “no”. No, I will not drive you to Johnny’s house, because I’m tired. No, you cannot sign up for gymnastics on Tuesday nights, because mommy’s favorite yoga class is on Tuesday nights. No, you cannot have the new iTouch, because it’s expensive and I want to buy something for myself this month. We want our kids to be happy and we want them to have every opportunity. This is all well and good, until their needs and wants become more important than ours. Since our brains are literally hard-wired to meet their needs before our own, it’s crucial to take a step back and remember that we need to prioritize ourselves sometimes.
  3. Prioritize relationships. One of the best things we can do for our kids is to invest in our relationships. It’s just fine to have a night (or many nights) out without the kids, or to shush the kids or shoo them away if mommy and daddy are talking. They will see that mom and dad care about each other and listen to each other, and this will teach them to seek a good partner who listens to them when they are developing relationships in the future.
  4. Lock the bathroom door. They’ll bang on the door and shout and cry, but if you’re consistent, they’ll get the picture eventually, and leave you to your business. Moms need a few minutes alone to shower, and going to the bathroom doesn’t have to be a family affair.
  5. Go to Therapy. Therapy can be a place that’s just yours, with a person that’s all your own, to talk about whatever it is that’s on your mind. For many mothers, it’s the only hour each week that’s all theirs. At Parents Place, we see moms for therapy for a variety of reasons including help with managing stress, working through relationship problems, guidance in making a tough decision, improving parenting, and more.

Take care of yourself! And feel free to call us at Parents Place if you would like a little help balancing everything that it takes to be a parent today.

Alyse Clayman, LCSW, is the Children’s Clinical Director at Parents Place in San Rafael, CA. She provides consultation and therapy to families and children of all ages.

This article was reprinted, with permission, from Parent's Place. 

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Upcoming PAMP Events You Need to Check Out

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

There are some wonderful PAMP events coming up – some as early as this week – that we want you to know about. Sure, we’ve been posting about some of them on the Facebook page, and calling them out in the top section of the newsletter each week, but, in case you’ve missed it, check out these four upcoming events. Don’t forget to sign up if you’re interested in attending.


Mom’s Night Out with Bon Bons and Bubbly
Thursday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Adams Chocolates

Celebrate your children going back to school with a night out with other PAMP moms. Enjoy an evening of conversation, champagne and chocolate this Thursday. There’s still time to sign up and it’s only $20 for PAMP members. Don’t forget to bring your non-PAMP friends for $30. Ticket price includes chocolates and champagne. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Timothy Adams Chocolates, 539 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, 94031.

Playdate at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Tuesday, August 29, 10 a.m.
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

If your kids aren’t quiet old enough to attend school, or you have one in class and one at home, bring your littles out for a morning of frolicking, fun and (new) friends at our playdate. Parents can meet other PAMP members while the children can partake in all the museum and zoo has to offer. Our playdate (10 a.m. to noon) is free to attend. Register today. Registrants are asked to meet at the picnic table near the zoo entrance.

Motherhood Workshop: How to Be the Best Mom You Can Be for Your Family
Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.
Menlo Park

You know you want to be a "good mom..." You have visions in your head of what a good mom is and does and there are so many sources from your mom to your cousin to the "experts" telling you what you should do. But, what about what you want? What about what fits for you and your family? This class will help you figure out the kind of mom you want to be, and the first steps for making it happen. You'll leave with actionable steps to take home, along with the knowledge necessary to ban "bad mom" from your vocabulary! This workshop is being presented for a fee of $5. Register here

About the presenter: Kirsten Reeder is a mother of three, founder of Sprout Shell--the original infant car seat covers, and author of Joy in Motherhood, 30 Days to Becoming a More Connected, Happy Mom. She works with moms one on one and in small groups to achieve their motherhood goals. You can find out more about her at

Fall Fun at the Farm Day
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.
Pastorino Farms

Ride a pony, pet the animals, take a quick trip on the farm train, bounce in a bounce house and enjoy the pumpkin patch/hayrides all while spending time with PAMP families! Children of all ages are welcome.

PAMP will provide light snacks and water, and you can bring a picnic lunch if you wish. Please RSVP for your family and indicate the number of adults and children so we can plan accordingly. The cost is only $10 per PAMP family, or $25 per non-member family. Register here

If you want to attend for free, contact, as we need a few people to help with hosting at the event.

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My Child Isn’t Rolling Over: Should I Be Concerned?

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Rolling over is one of the first major gross motor milestones you will see when your child is growing and developing and it is your baby’s first opportunity for independent mobility.  Now they can change from tummy to back and vice versa!  Just a note, this may make tummy time more challenging but tummy time will also encourage sooner rolling so its all on the right track!

Rolling should occur in the 3-6 month age range although again, this is a range.  If your child isn’t rolling and is in this range or even outside of this range there are some things you can look at to determine if you should or shouldn’t be concerned.

First, are they spending more time in a carrier, bouncy, bumbo, stroller, etc than on the floor?  Babies should have lots of tummy time and in general kids who spend more time on their bellies begin to roll sooner because they have more muscles that have been strengthened, allowing them to activate different muscles to make rolling more efficient.

If your child is spending time on the floor are they on their tummy or just on their back?  As mentioned above tummy time is critical to muscle development and movement development.

If they are on the floor and they start to fuss or get frustrated do you automatically pick them up and put them in a sitting position (or supportive seat, or carry them)?  Generally they can get frustrated or upset for a variety of reasons but if we begin to show them how to move it can help.  For instance, you can help them to roll over.  This way they can begin seeing options for themselves.  If they start to learn that they can move out of a position it encourages independent movement as opposed to being dependent on someone coming and picking them up or moving them around!

In addition to beginning to encourage independence, learning to roll adds to their motor planning arsenol.  They get to figure it out which will carry over to each new motor skill and activity they learn as they get older.

Learning to roll is just one more building block in the development of gross motor skills and movement!

So, if your child isn’t tolerating time on the floor, they spend a lot of time in a bumbo, car seat, bouncy or being held, they are sitting on their own but not rolling then I would get some advice on how to encourage movement. Its better to catch up early than later!

Starfish Therapies is a pediatric physical therapy company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the kids and families we work with. We believe that therapy should involve enough fun and imagination that a child not only enjoys it, but looks forward to coming and doesn't realize how hard they are working.

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Meet Becky Geanuer, PAMP's new Operations Manager

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017

As a long-time member, PAMP’s Operations Manager, Becky Genauer, is familiar with all of the offerings and events the organization has to offer. After moving to Menlo Park from New York in 2015, Becky found herself desperately searching for a parent community and with three boys aged 4-9 at that time, she was longing for parental support. PAMP fit the bill.

Becky spent 10 years as a family nurse practitioner before stepping away to raise her sons. With her sons, Ryder (11), Cole (8) and Jed (6), now older and actively involved in soccer, among other sports, Becky decided to return to the workforce and knew the operations manager role would be a good fit for her skillset.

“I love this role at PAMP because it allows me to work and be a mom at the same time,” she says. “Operations is a perfect fit for me as organization, precision and efficiency are three of my favorite words. My day-to-day tasks involve community outreach, admin, being a liaison and making PAMP a more efficient, organized business so that it can do what so many people love – bring the parent community together!”

Becky says she hopes to provide more opportunities, offerings and information to PAMP members while increasing engagement among parents. She plans to use her analytical nature (her husband, a singer/songwriter, musician and tech marketer, is the creative one) to achieve these goals. As she continues to ramp up her job duties, Becky has been overwhelmed with the support she has received within the organization.

“I just experienced Family Day and loved interacting with the members AND sponsors,” she says. “It’s so nice to finally meet people face-to-face after speaking with them at length via email/phone. I have to give a shout out to the board and staff here at PAMP, too. It’s such a welcoming group of women and moms and a positive work environment creates a more successful business.”

While growing up in New York, Boston, Toronto and London, Becky says she loved listening to Wham, watching Family Ties and the movie The Sure Thing. Currently, her favorite kid-friendly album is Jerry Garcia: Not for Kids Only and the family film A Dog’s Purpose. When not working, Becky enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, volunteering at her kids’ school and organizing, even going as far as to consider starting her own home organization business.   

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Your Baby's Sleep at 1 Year

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 6, 2017

It is a proud moment for Mom and Dad when baby turns 1!  No doubt there’s a party and maybe even a cake smash.  Beyond the hoopla and celebrations, your baby should continue to sleep fairly well, as long as you’re not keeping her up too long between sleep periods , and have taught her how to relax herself into sleep without the help of a bottle, a boob or being laid beside.

There maybe some early mornings… hello again 6 am.  But those killer EWU (early wake ups) from all the teething and motor development through 10-11 should have receeded.  You can read more about early wake ups here.

While all the books talk about 12 months as being the walking time, from personal experience I can tell you that most kids don’t usually start walking until 14-15 months. My daughter didn’t walk until she was 23 months!  I’ve been on many a play ground chatting with Moms and explaining why my daughter was still scooting up the stairs on her behind.  Other parents would try and commiserate with me telling me all about how stressed they were that their child was a late walker…. and didn’t pull out the strut until 15 months!  Kind of a different ball park for me, but I loved the empathy from these ladies.  The good news is she’s walking and running fine now:), and you can breathe a sigh of relief if your babe isn’t walking at 12 months…. Totally normal.

If your child is an early walker and starts cruising and walking, then you may see some blips in night time sleep or perhaps even a nap refusal.  Anytime your child is working on a new motor skills, this can interfere with sleep because they are excited about that new skill.

Imagine you surfaced from an early morning sleep cycle, and were super excited for an upcoming vacation and couldn’t get back to sleep because of it.  This is a similar analogy as to what toddlers go through when thinking about a new motor skill such as walking.  The same thing happened at 9 months when babe started crawling.

With any motor development related “sleep regression” remember to give your baby lots of practice time during the day. 

I also love the use of sleep sacks from 4 months onwards, until 2 year or until potty training, to help your child feel secure at night and for naps.  In addition, the sleep sack also helps limit the mobility in the crib.  Yes, I want my child to practice this new motor skill, but not so much at sleep time.

It’s not uncommon to see some nap refusals start to creep into these toddlers years.  Rest assured that your child is NOT ready to drop down to 1 nap until about 14-16 months.  You can read more about the 2-1 nap transition here. 

Dropping all naps, *sniff, a sad mommy moment*, happens sometime between 3-4 years of age, which you can read more about here.  

Overall, 1 year of age is a fabulous stage to be enjoyed without any major sleep disruptions.  It’s kind of like the calm before the storm, as there is a big sleep regression coming at 18 months, which I’ll cover in the next Sleep Series post next month. 

If you are wondering how long your child can comfortably stay awake for between naps and bedtime at this age, or how much sleep your child needs overall, you can download Free Sleep Summary By Age Chart.

Do you like what I have to say?  You can join my   Free Helping Babies Sleep Support Group where you can post sleep questions and hear from myself and other Moms like you. 

Sarah Mitchell has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  She has always been interested in health and the human body.  Having children of her own uncovered a new passion, helping parents get their children to sleep.  Her 1stchild would not sleep, which led her down the path of researching everything she could about baby and toddler sleep, and now she wants to empower you. She coaches parents and blogs at Helping Babies Sleep., twitter: @sleepcoachsarah

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