Shana L. Nielsen, OTR/L

Shana L. Nielsen, OTR/L

Supervisor, Pediatric Therapy Services, Swedish/First Hill

Shana Nielsen is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Supervisor of the Pediatric Therapy Services department with Swedish Medical Center on the First Hill campus. Shana is passionate about infant and child development and is a strong advocate for therapy intervention for children with special needs.

Blog Posts by Shana L. Nielsen, OTR/L

Infant and Child Development is not about ‘stuff’

When we are bombarded by information and products, how are we as new parents supposed to decipher what is in the best interest of our child when it comes to their development? 

Parents can quickly become bombarded with information about everything they need to do to optimize the first months of their child’s very impressionable life. A new, overwhelmed, sleep deprived parent can find everything from music for math skills, swaddling positioners for longer sleep, bottles for better speech development, and even multiple equipment options to speed up a child’s progression for walking.  Today there are so many items available for purchase that if a person wanted to, they could  go through an entire day never having to hold, cuddle, snuggle, whisper, sing, gaze, laugh, or touch their baby…..and that is exactly the point.  When it comes right down to it, the best things that we can provide for our babies development has nothing to do with the “stuff”!

Here’s what advertisements for most baby products don’t tell you:

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