HEALTH & CARE

The Tummy Tub — a perfect bath for (newborn) babies

We have used a Tummy Tub for all of our babies and I continue to be impressed by how lovely and practical it is! From Bram’s second day, we have bathed him in the ‘bucket’ and he’s loved it since the beginning.

Tummy Tub baby bath
Tummy Tub baby bath

The Tummy Tub is an invention of Dutch midwives, who in the early ’90s discovered that a bucket-like bath emulates the warm and enclosed feeling of the womb. Sitting in a prenatal position, embraced by the warm water around them, makes babies feel relaxed and safe. From the time that our babies were very little, Tamar and I have bonded with our babies while giving them their Tummy Tub baths.

Tummy Tub baby bath
Tummy Tub baby bath
Tummy Tub baby bath

Besides the fact that a bath in the Tummy Tub is such a lovely way for relaxation and connection, I also like the practicality of it. It can easily be put on a (changing) table or kitchen counter. It is compact to store, and can even be brought when traveling (we are planning to do so this summer). As I said, we have used the Tummy Tub from the first days, supporting the little head of our baby with just a finger. Now that Bram is nearly 2 months old, he has more head control and can almost sit by himself (we obviously still keep our hands close by!).

Our other children loved the Tummy Tub until they were toddlers — alternating with ‘normal’ baths. At some point, their little bodies are squeezed in the bucket but they still love the feeling!

xxx Esther

PS A newborn baby — what essentials do you really need?


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Comments (4)

Sabine Everett
May 17, 2018

I always used to bath my babies in buckets – I bought the soft buckets they sell in animal feed stores! Easy to carry, saves water, and the love being in warm water up to their armpits. The baby bath I bought for my first was the first item of kit I gave away 3 weeks after his arrival, the bucket was so brilliant, and they all love feeling enclosed and safe.


stacy
May 17, 2018

One other thing I think is FABULOUS, is how unbelievably ecological it is. It is amazing how little water it requires to have a lovely, up to the shoulder, warm deep bath! Before switching to this type of tub,(my first baby) I would always soak a small towel that I kept nice and warm, to cover the parts of the newborn that weren’t completely immersed. It was so much more of a pain! But a tiny newborn has a hard time completely relaxing when even a slight current of air chills them. I really loved the super small bucket tub made by the french company hiphop (I am not sure they still make it) because it had special insulated design that kept the water warm much much longer!


stacy
May 17, 2018

ah autocorrect kills me…I meant the french brand hophop, not hiphop!


Maggie
May 18, 2018

So cool! My baby was born in the winter and we lived in an old place with single pane windows. We used to run the space heater in the bathroom so he wouldn’t get cold during his baths since most newborn tubs have baby mostly out of the water. We quickly switched to taking baths with his mom since it was easier than the newborn tub, but I like he looks of the Tummy Tub!


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