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TummyTub Provides Means of Infant Bonding Through Bathing
Unlike standard bath tubs which focus on quick washing, the specially designed TummyTub allows parents to gain valuable bonding time with their infants and create a cherished family routine. Dr. Sears testimonial included!
Nearly 20 years ago, midwives in the Netherlands discovered that a child that is placed back in surroundings that simulate the warm, safe and secure womb, find it easier to cope with the traumas of being born and all the unfamiliar dangers of their new world.
1. All-round warmth
In the womb the child is surrounded by the warmth of amniotic fluid at body temperature, 98.6 degrees. In its new environment the baby has to get used to an ambient temperature of approx. 69.8 degrees (room temperature)
2. Fetal position
Everyone, young or old, will curl up into a ball if they feel insecure or unwell. That not only creates a sense of safety, it also reduces the tension on the tummy muscles. It is a commonly known fact, after all, that persistent stress leads to stomach and intestinal problems. Bowel movements are also easier in a crouched position. This applies equally, if not more so, to newborn babies, whose metabolic rate has yet to get started. Placing a baby in a fetal position reduces the tension on their tummy and relieves indigestion and gas.
3. Upward pressure
For nine months the baby developed in a practically weightless environment, carried by the amniotic that surrounds it. The baby is not familiar with gravity as we know it. At birth the baby suddenly experiences the full force of gravity and loses much of their motor abilities, until they can master them again. Putting a baby in a position that (temporarily)
4. Contact with the environment
Your baby is used to a clearly defined environment. In utero babies are always physically in contact with their environment;
Originating in professional child care, there was an increasing demand for a bath that could offer a baby the ideal situation set out above. Besides breastfeeding, bathing is an ideal opportunity for intensive parent-baby contact.
A long practical study (1 year) in the Canisius Wilhemina hospital in Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Here’s what America’s favorite pediatrician has to say about it:
Traditional bathing procedures can threaten a young infant's security. Then baby screams and the bather becomes tense and uncomfortable, too. The Tummy Tub actually relaxes baby because of the way it supports and contains baby in a flexed position- something familiar from the womb. Baby is calm and so is the bather. Bath time can be a soothing ritual that enhances bonding instead of a battle.
Dr. William Sears, M.D. & Martha Sears, R.N.
Bathing your baby should be an interactive time to play gently, talk and sing, and watch your baby relax. Unfortunately, in the standard tub, babies are uncomfortable and cold, and therefore bonding time is skipped in lieu of a quick wash. The TummyTub provides the solution to gain valuable bonding time with your infant and create a cherished family routine.
Visit http://www.TummyTubUSA.com for more information!
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Page Updated Last on: May 20, 2010