Giving Babies Their Best Start in the First Year

giving babies their best start

This episode is chock full of fun things parents and caregivers can do to give babies their best start in the first year of life. Our guest Aimee Ketchum is a pediatric occupational therapist.

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Through her education, research and experience, Aimee has learned a great deal about brain function and developmental delays in children. She travels the country doing early childhood development lectures at hospitals, daycares and colleges. Aimee also does home visits for baby massage instruction. She has some great iphone Apps that can help parents and caregivers give babies their best start, and in this episode, you’ll find out how to get those.

You can find out more about Aimee and gather some great tips for your newborn at Also, be sure to check out her guest blog right here at, where you can learn about the Word Gap — what it is, how it can harm children and what you can do to avoid it.

This show is part of a series on giving babies their best start. Be sure to check out the other episodes in the series.

Episode #1 — Giving Babies Their Best Start in the First Year with therapist Aimee Ketchum

Episode #2 — Healthy Brain Development in Baby’s Second Year with Jenni and Jody

Episode #3 — Potty Training Pro Tips with author Jaime Glowacki

Episode #4 — Montessori Principles Parents Can Use at Home with educator Lorna McGrath

This Week’s Show Topic


This week on POP Parenting, we are talking to Aimee Ketchum, pediatric occupational therapist and founder of  Aimee’s Babies, a website chock full of great information, tips and tools for giving babies their best start.

As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT), Aimee worked for many years with school-age children with developmental delays. Again and again she found that delays in development, such as poor coordination, poor reading skills, and poor handwriting, were the result of missed or under-developed milestones in the first year of life.

Aimee made it her mission to help by combining her research in early childhood development with her experience working with children. Her goal was to teach parents to build a foundation for their babies’ future skills. The Aimee’s Babies program is currently helping new parents around the world provide the best possible start to a lifetime of new beginnings.

Brother, Brother Music

brother brother

Hey, if you dig the sound of POP Parenting, we encourage you to check out Brother Brother! They are a super fun two-man Indie Americana band comprised of brothers Bradley and Brett Anderson. They have a new album coming out soon, and we have had the chance to hear some of it — it’s awesome! So go visit them, like them on Facebook and check out their music.

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 1 to 30), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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