So what’s up with this floatie-device around the baby’s neck you might be wondering?!
It is supposed to recreate the feeling of being in the womb, and therefore relaxes babies while they float around happily in the warm water. For those that think that it looks dangerous – it’s not – but obviously the baby is not left unattended. Buoyancy helps reduce the amount of weight suspended from the baby’s neck, and this specially designed inner-tube keeps the baby uprights with his/ her head above the water.
Upon further research into this subject I came across information showing that this is now done in London and the States too. It is claimed to boost early brain development, muscle strength and help with a good night’s sleep. Initially I assumed that it was just a crazy-looking Chinese ritual, but apparently it is done in Western countries too!
Some of you might remember that Elijah had been having some tummy problems, like gas and discomfort, and occasionally that still bothers him. I just found out that this floating exercise combined with baby massage is wonderful for relief of stomach discomfort and bonding between parents and baby. We will be trying this out later this week, and we’ll be sure to let you know how that experience goes. We assume that since Elijah enjoys bath-time so much, he will enjoy this too.
Baby swimming/ floating classes start at $40 in the States, but here they are only the equivalent of $7. Go figure! Since we have the pool and neck-float, we can do it all at home for free. When we move back to the States I should buy a few more of these and start my own baby swimming centre!
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