|Tummy Tub at 4 weeks|
The idea behind the Tummy Tub is that the fetal position the baby takes when in the tub is similar to being in womb..thus the name Tummy Tub. On top of this, the high sides of the tub gives the baby's body support and helps muffle lights and sounds, another feeling experienced by the baby while in the womb. You can read more about the history behind it's design here.
|Tummy Tub at 6 weeks|
On their website, Tummy Tub also describes some other benefits behind their unique design as:
- It keeps the baby warmer in the water since the water comes up to shoulder level, and the smaller surface area of the water helps keep it warmer for longer.
- It has an anti-skid base and a low center of gravity to keep it from tipping.
- It can help ease colic and indigestion, as well as relieve nighttime fussiness
- It enhances bonding between parents and baby since it turns a "chore-like" task into an enjoyable one.
|Tummy Tub at 9 weeks|
- It conserves water...only needs about 1.3 gallons per bath! I love this green feature because back when we used the "mommy bath tip" I did not like filling up an entire bathtub just for a short, five minute bath with her. So to only use a small amount of water for each bath Avery takes feels much more green.
- It's made of green materials...and contains no BPA, lead, phthlates, or toxins.
- It can be used for a long time by a baby...from the time the baby is born (or as small as 3 lbs), all the way up to 35 lbs! I wonder how long Avery will continue using her's? At least for the first year I can imagine. Check out some of these other cute babies using the Tummy Tub at a variety of ages.
- It can be re-used once your baby is done with it...you could use it for many things around the house such as watering plants, storing things in, or you could even put things in it while you travel (a use we recently tried out!).
- Doesn't cost a whole lot of "green"...I got mine for about $40 on Amazon.com. Now they do have a special step stool type attachment you can get to place the Tummy Tub on top of, but I didn't get that. We just have the tub and we put it on the floor in our bedroom to give her a bath, it's pretty simple really.
Also, for her bath I just use nice warm water without any soap. When she gets a bit older, I'll probably start with some Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Castile Soap, which is what I use as my body wash and hand soap right now. This castile soap rocks because it is very pure and simple, without perfumes, or other additives that could cause her skin to break out or become irritated.
Here's some other fun pictures from a typical Tummy Time bath with Avery. As a side note...isn't it crazy to see how much she's grown in the tub pictures above from week 4 all the way to week 9?! We used to have to support her so much in the tub, but now after we're done washing her off, we let her try sitting in there all by herself (as you can see in the pic below). What a big girl!
|"I'm getting a little bigger in this tub!"|
|This is a funny way we like to bundle|
her up with a towel to get her dry!
|I see some cute blue eyes sticking out!|
|"I'm all clean now guys!"|