Thursday, September 16, 2010

Let Babies be Babies with the Tummy Tub!

We at Tummy Tub believe that babies should be allowed to develop at their own pace and not be pressured to move quickly on to the next stage. Parents should cherish those fleeting moments of babyhood instead of pushing their child to grow up too soon.

As a mother of 4, I have realized over the years that babies quickly grow into toddlers and they all learn to sit, crawl, stand, walk, and talk at their own pace. Studies show that the first few months after birth is very stressful for newborns. They need the reminder of the womb- this include swaddling, sucking, and being close to mom. Confinement in the womb was comforting to the unborn baby and now, the big wide open world is overwhelming. Soft, comfortable clothes, gentle handling, and easy access to feeding are all important. In a very short time, this helpless newborn will be mobile and there is no need to fear that you are stifling development by recreating the womb experience. On the contrary, this is very natural and beneficial to babies.

Tummy Tub is an age appropriate, gentle transition into baby's next nine months after the womb. Curled in the familiar fetal position and surrounded by warm water, parents show their sensitivity toward their baby's needs by choosing this method of bathing. Instead of rushing through a quick bath, parents are able to turn bath time into a beautiful bonding experience and allow their baby to completely relax and de-stress. Some parents choose to give a quick sponge bath before putting their child in the tub, and this allows for the focus to be on relaxation and not washing. Many newborns fall asleep right in the Tummy Tub!

As babies grow, they do not need to be forced out of the Tummy Tub. It is safe for children up to 35 pounds and many two year olds still enjoy using it. The mimicking of the womb benefits are not applicable after 9 months, but toddlers love having their own personal hot tub. They can sit and stand for washing, take a bath outside on a warm day, or in the shower at the same time as mom or dad! Oftentimes toddlers become afraid of the big tub out of the blue or when they are under the weather, the Tummy Tub is a great calming influence.

As a mom, I shudder when I see a newborn in "big kid" clothes or see babies screaming by being bathed flat on their backs. There is a gentle and more natural way to care for our most precious resources. Thankfully there are a number of baby-friendly gentle products available to parents today. We are proud to say that Tummy Tub lets babies be babies!

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