Free Resources for NICU Babies
Helping Babies in the NICU Reach Their Full Potential
At Pathways.org, we provide FREE tools and trusted resources to support baby’s early development. Below, we highlight some of our resources that will best support babies and empower their parents during their stay in the NICU and beyond.
- FREE Baby Milestones App
- Preemie and NICU Resources
- The Massage+ 30, 10, 5 Intervention
- Baby’s First Year Milestone Guides
- Our Free Videos
- Development information for 0-3 Months Old and Beyond
- Topics of Development
- Other Resources
- Our milestones are supported by American Academy of Pediatric findings.
- Our resources are developed with and approved by expert pediatric physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
- Our website reflects the most current research studies, vetted by our team of medical professionals and Medical Roundtable.
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Prematurity and NICU Resources
Baby being born premature or needing additional medical support is something almost no parent expects, but there is so much that can be done to support baby’s health and development!
Explore these pages to see our essentials for parents with a baby that is born premature and/or spends time in the NICU.
Tracking baby’s development if they are premature may require some adjustments, but baby is still on the right track.
Download our NICU brochure
From adjusting milestones to helping baby once they’re discharged, this brochure provides tips and support for any baby in the NICU.
For Premature Babies: Massage+ 30, 10, 5
Massage+ 30, 10, 5 is a simple, quick, and powerful intervention using massage to help improve the health and development of premature and full-term infants. Based on 40+ years of research this intervention is proven to help with:
- Reduce hospital stays
- Improve feeding habits
- Increase parent confidence levels
Download the Massage+ 30, 10, 5 Brochure
A helpful guide to keep track of your baby’s development! Baby’s First Year Milestone Guide helps you keep track of baby’s progress throughout their first year of life.
The Baby’s First Year Milestone Guide includes:
Motor, sensory, communication, and feeding milestones (with pictures) to help you track your baby’s progress
300+ verified tips, activities, and more to help you encourage your baby’s development
Color-coded by age and separated by topic for easy use
Pathways.org has hundreds of educational and expert-approved videos covering all topics of development. These videos provide visual examples and answers in a matter of minutes!
See all of our videos here:
Watch this video about helping baby learn to talk, with tips from a speech-language pathologist:
Our developmental milestone checklist is sorted by age and four topics: motor, sensory, communication, and feeding. All our milestones are supported by American Academy of Pediatrics findings. Track milestones up to baby’s third birthday! Available in 9 languages.
This checklist is sorted by age and four topics: play and social skills, coordination, daily activities, and self-expression. These core topics help in several areas of your child’s development, including the development of executive function skills. Track abilities beyond 6 years old! Available in 6 languages.
Age Pages: 0-3 Months
Our Age Pages provide a comprehensive overview of everything that is happening at baby’s age! Check baby’s milestones and abilities, learn weekly games to support their development, and find additional help through videos and articles to help your little one meet their milestones.
Looking for a different age range? See below!
Topics of Development
All of our resources come back to 8 core topics of development (Motor, Sensory, Communication, Feeding, Tummy Time, Play, Social-Emotional, and Executive Function). Explore some of the core resources we provides for each topic.
Fine and gross motor skills are used everyday throughout our lives. They help us move and do everything from lifting heavy items to typing on a keyboard. Motor skills and motor control begin developing after birth, and will progress as children grow.
This brochure gives parents and healthcare providers an easy way to understand and track important changes in children up to 15 months old, in order to maximize their development. Available in 23 languages!
Sensory integration is the process by which we receive information through our senses, organize this information, and use it to participate in everyday activities.
Sensory Integration/Processing Brochure
Sensory integration happens when the brain uses information obtained from the seven senses (yes, seven!) to “make sense” of the world, by organizing how information is received and responding to it. This brochure helps parents and providers better understand the importance of sensory development and integration. Available in 8 languages!
Communication is more than talking! It is any form of message sent from one party to another, through sounds, words, or physical hints, like body language.
This brochure encourages healthy language development by giving parents a convenient way to track their child’s communication milestones, from 3 to 36 months. Available in 9 languages!
When should baby say their first words? When can you begin to have a conversation with your toddler? Use this checklist to track the communication development of infants and toddlers. Available in 9 languages!
Every day, baby is growing so quickly! Their growth is powered by good nutrition and strong feeding abilities.
This brochure will guide parents and caregivers through all of baby’s feeding milestones by providing recommendations on what baby should eat or drink. These foods help to support baby’s growth and development by providing the appropriate nutrition for their age and ability. Available in 7 languages!
This checklist answers common questions like: When is baby ready for finger food? If baby starts to sit, what are the best foods for them to eat? If baby starts solids, do they still need to nurse? Available in 6 languages!
Tummy Time is one of baby’s first exercises—and the most important! Tummy Time is the period during the day your baby spends awake and on their stomach. It is a crucial exercise for baby’s motor, visual, and sensory development.
This brochure is a simple guide parents and healthcare providers can use to understand and safely implement Tummy Time. Help baby build the muscles they will use to hit important milestones, from rolling to sitting and crawling. Available in 9 languages!
It’s more than just fun and games! Play matters because it helps children learn about themselves, explore different interests and passions, interact, share, and socialize, and develop important life skills.
This brochure covers a range of play-based topics that can be used to help develop a child’s life skills. Play allows children to engage early on with those around them, to develop new skills that promote creativity and independence. It also helps children learn how to problem solve, socialize, and so much more. Available in 7 languages!
Social-emotional skills are essential for connecting with others! They help us manage our emotions, build healthy relationships, and feel empathy.
Social-emotional skills allow children to express themselves appropriately in different environments and around other people. Learn how to improve a child’s social-emotional skills by using this brochure to help children succeed in life. Available in 7 languages!
Executive function skills combine motor, sensory, communication, and cognitive skills we’ve developed. Beginning at a very young age, we apply this combination of skills to daily activities and situations, such as playing, learning, and socializing.
Kids develop executive function skills through playtime, social interactions, and every day activities. Help children improve their executive function skills by developing their ability to achieve goals, such as making cookies or finishing homework. Available in 10 languages!
- See our online courses
- Read our expert-approved blogs
- Learn more about Early Intervention and Detection
It’s never too early (or too late) to get baby on the right pathway!
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Provide free tools to maximize all children’s motor, sensory, and communication development.
Empower parents to understand and encourage their baby’s development to keep them on track or catch potential delays early.