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New AAP Book, Retro Baby


Book 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.

“I’ve discovered that many parents do not understand of the dangers of extended equipment use and overexposure to technology,” said Zachry. “All of the information in ‘Retro Baby’ will help parents play a role in building a solid foundation for their child’s future skills in school and in life. When you use this authoritative, up-to-date source, you’ll be faithfully supporting -- but not rushing -- your baby’s mastery of developmental milestones.”

Retro Baby” is currently available for pre-order through Amazon and Barnes and, and will be available this fall at bookstores nationwide. 

About the Author:

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 the University of Tennessee. Her blog, “Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: ( averages 30,000 hits monthly.


9/25/2013 12:00 AM