Tummy Tubs are a great invention that help soothe your little baby.
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Emma Howard: When a baby is born after nine months of comfortable and warm confinements in the womb, it's obviously difficult to adapt to be in new and much bigger surroundings. So the tummy tub was invented to ease this transition. The benefits have been acknowledged in hospitals and homes throughout the world by doctors, midwives and health visitors. We have here to talk to us about the tummy tub is Christine Leah who is Managing Director of Tummy Tub, UK and with her, I am pleased to say, is Rachel Blackwell, who is also author of 'Absolute Guide to Parenting' and Rachel has brought her baby Loren (ph) along who is 18 weeks old, and she is going to really test it for us. She is quite used to it, isn't she? Rachel Blackwell: Yes, yes, she has been bathing in it since she was about two weeks old. Emma Howard: So really, so it's almost since from birth -- Rachel Blackwell: Yeah. Emma Howard: And she loves it? Rachel Blackwell: Absolutely. Emma Howard: Let's find out a little bit about it. I have seen your catalogs Christine, and I just assumed that it was just a baby bath, a different looking baby bath, but it's more than that. Christine Leah: Easy to think that but no it was designed not just to be a bathing a bath, but very much to be a reassurance product because bathing is great. Babies do generally want to relax in the bath, but in a conventional bath, the water cools down so quickly, they haven't actually got time to relax. So the whole point of the tummy tub is really to help them feel relaxed, calm down. Emma Howard: And in a position that's been used to inside your stomach. Christine Leah: Absolutely, as you say for nine months, so being in that position, then suddenly come out and be in the big wide world and all the space, it's alien to them. So this takes way that transition a bit -- Emma Howard: So it's almost like a swaddle but in water, is that? Christine Leah: Yeah and they absolute adore it. Emma Howard: Well let's put Loren to the test. And I want you to talk more about it but if we lay Loren down, get her undress and tell me a little bit more about the tummy tub. Christine Leah: Okay, well as you probably know it's developed in Holland. It was really -- a mom is actual using a bucket because some midwife actually said to her, you baby just doesn't like going on its bath, they panic. You are really get stressed about it and she actually brought in a bucket, not ideal because they are not designed as you are aware for actually bathing babies. Emma Howard: Well I was going to say people will see this. I think that they could use a bucket, why can't they? Christine Leah: Well because as I said, it just not designed. If you actually use a bucket, the shape isn't quite right. The material won't be right. It's not environmentally friendly. It won't have all the features and benefits that the tummy tub has got and it's just isn't correct. Emma Howard: What are the features of it? It's very simple thing to me. It looks like a glorified bucket. If you pardon me saying so? So why isn't it -- I am glad. I am just agreed with you. So tell me what are the special features within? Christine Leah: Well it actually took years to get these special features -- Emma Howard: Two years of development. Christine Leah: Yeah. It's got the ergonomic hand grips which make it easy for carrying which is really important. Emma Howard: That's for you, not the baby, isn't it? Christine Leah: No, no, from the baby's point of view, the smooth edges and it actually rounds down so when the baby sits into the tummy tub, their little bottoms go right away down, it's a feeling as if they are in the mother's womb. Emma Howard: Right but we will see Loren demonstrate this. Christine Leah: Absolutely. It's also which, if lifted up, you will see underneath, there is an anti-skid base, like a little rubber ring. Emma Howard: Oh I see. Christine Leah: Yeah. That was holding it, so it can be virtually used on any surface which makes it great. If you ar
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