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Understanding Your Baby’s Sensory Signals : Book Review

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Understanding Your Baby’s Sensory Signals

By Angie Voss, OTR

Oh how I wish I would have had this book 13 years ago when my sensory baby was born!  Luckily, it’s available for you new moms, or moms who are having little additions, and they may be having sensory challenges.

First off, the cover is beyond adorable!  But what is inside?

Angie Voss, OTR has an extensive Table of Contents.  New moms, I suggest you read this because you will find any and all concerns you are having.  Any. I’m not kidding they are there.  I’ll list just a few:

  • Very Demanding
  • Excessive Sleeping (shutdown)
  • Dislikes laying on back
  • Breast Feeds well but Refuses Baby Food
  • Dislikes Car Seats (Particularly Back Facing)
  • Limp/Floppy Body
  • Latches and Unlatches during Breast Feeding or Bottle Feeding

There are 97 Sensory Signs Listed.

After you’ve found your sensory signal, go the signal’s page and get a list of ideas to try.

Read the Sensory Explanation

This will tell you why your child is having this challenge, and which systems are being affected.  Or sometimes it’s a sensory preference, like when the baby does not like pajamas with feet.  She also lists signals that should be addressed by an Occupational Therapist (OT).

Then tackle the ideas!  Try the ones that work for you and your baby.

Here’s a few examples listed below sensory signal Constant Movement of Arms and Legs

  1. Provide full body deep pressure touch on a daily and frequent basis along with plenty of swaddling.
  2. Swinging in a blanket or cuddle/lycra swing provides proprioception and deep pressure and can be very regulating for little one.
  3. Provide toys that encourage banging.
  4. Limit the time spent in stationary carriers or toys, and instead encourage active floor time play.
  5. For Older babies, encourage bouncing and jumping type play as well as weight bearing though the arms and legs such as using a resistance tunnel, Rody, or use of a therapy/exercise ball.

See, you get lots of suggestions and tips.

Since there are so many signals, the advice is sometimes repeated.  This allows for a mom to look for each of her baby’s particular issues without reading the entire book.  So if it feels repetitive in some spots, I think that’s just the nature of similar types of sensory signals.

You may purchase Understanding Your Baby’s Sensory Signals here.

By Angie Voss OTR Understanding Your BABY's Sensory Signals [Paperback]

I highly recommend checking out author/OT Angie Voss’s website There you’ll find pictures, how-to videos (OMG helpful!), definitions, printable handouts, and links and ideas for specific sensory tools and equipment.  Phew, it’s a lot of awesomeness over there.


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