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Sunday, October 20, 2013


Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:19 PM
Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Role Mommy and a chance to win prizes. However, all opinions are my own.


Although I no longer have a  "baby", Retro Baby provides great resources to get back to basics. I wish I this book was available when my kids and grandson were babies. If you are pregnant or have a baby, then Retro Baby is one book you need to add to your collection.

More about Retro Baby:
What do we risk by overusing baby equipment and technology? What are the best ways to help little ones build a strong foundation for growth and development?  The American Academy of Pediatrics  launched a new book  this October.  Titled Retro Baby (AAP, October 2013) and written by one of the country's most prominent and respected occupational therapists and child development specialists, Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, the book emphasizes the importance of one-on-one play with children in the early stages of life, good old-fashioned bonding and recommends over 100 OT-approved time-tested activities.

Incorporating the latest recommendations from the AAP, Zachry - also a professor of OT at The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center - bases the book on her over 20 years of experience and extensive research by her and other experts in the field.  Retro Baby Covers how an infant's brain, body, motor and sensory skills develop, explains the negative impacts of overusing certain baby gear and provides 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 future.

Retro Baby arms parents and caregivers of children birth to 24 months with important advice including:
  • Activities, tips (and even homemade toy suggestions) for building a solid sensory motor foundations throughout various stages of a child's development;
  • The proper and healthy daily amount of time to use various types of baby gear; certain baby gear to avoid;
  • Tips for practicing Tummy Time;
  • 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: (www.drzachryspedsottips.blogspot.com) averages 30,000 hits monthly.

Product Details:
Retro Baby Book
Author: Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Publication Date: October 2013
Price: $16.95
Available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and bookstores nationwide


Misha Estrada on November 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM said...

This book sounds really neat. All of my babies got too attached to the swing. If I had another baby, I don't think I would even buy one.

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