I'm Rachel Coley
The pediatric Occupational Therapist, mommy and child development nerd behind CanDo Kiddo.
My goal is to help you confidently + playfully
give your kiddos the best start possible.
The five core beliefs
of CanDo Kiddo
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I started CanDo Kiddo by accident...
I never planned to start a blog, an online business or write a book 8 weeks after becoming a mother. But the photos I posted on my personal Facebook page of the ways I was playing with my newborn son were met with overwhelming response from fellow parents.
My passion for early childhood development inform my parenting in ways that my friends were telling me they found helpful. My professional expertise as a pediatric Occupational Therapist gives me a different lens on babyhood that others were asking to learn more about.
Out of that collision of my professional background, my mission to help others and my personal journey as a mother, CanDo Kiddo was born.
I am baby-crazy...
I start itching for my next baby at about 3 months postpartum. I would have a dozen of my own if I could get my husband on board with that (and if we could win the lottery).
But long before my days were filled with dirty diapers, middle-of-the-night wakeups and holding sticky toddler hands I spent 10 years helping other people's kiddos. I received advanced training in early childhood neurodevelopment, sensory processing, feeding, Plagiocephaly and Torticollis (head shape and neck tightness issues of infancy). As a licensed Occupational Therapist, I have worked with families in their homes, in daycares, in therapy clinics and online through consulting.
I consider it a privilege to come alongside parents in the exciting, challenging early days of their new adventures with kiddos. It's truly an honor to be a "virtual" part of yours, thanks to technology!
My life is messy...
If you look closely at those family photos up there, you'll see that our pictures are crooked on the wall and there's no way to photoshop out my ginormous bunions. If you arrived here in search of a pristine picture of parenting, you'll be sorely disappointed.
But if you're looking for down-to-earth advice from a fellow parent with advanced training in infant and toddler development, you're in the right spot.
If you've come up with a dozen different household uses for a baby wipe, if you've ever put ice cream in the pantry instead of the freezer, if you've spent hours Googling why your baby won't sleep, if you've spent a sizable percentage of the recent months researching baby products before you buy them, you're in the right spot.
There is beauty and humor and joy and growth in the messiness of parenting. And we're all in it together.
For behind-the-scenes access to my messy motherhood - fun baby and toddler activities, child development tips, the reality of the hard days, and the ooey-gooey sweetness of itty bitty people, follow along on Instagram...