One of the symptoms for babies with Down Syndrome is hypotonia. Which basically means low muscle tone. Their muscles appear very relaxed and they feel very floppy. Low tone affects all of your babies muscles and can lead to developmental delays in motor activities if not addressed through therapy. You can find out more about hypotonia in Karen Stray-Gundersen’s book entitled Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents’ Guide (Special Needs Collection). Because I wanted Jacob to strengthen his core muscles to learn to sit independently I purchased a Bumbo seat which he is pictured in above and displayed below.
In the picture above, Jacob is using it when he was opening his christmas presents for the first time. He was able to enjoy ripping the paper since he wasn’t always falling over and he wasn’t getting tired from having to keep himself up, plus it freed our hands to be able to open the gifts with him.
Even when I propped pillows around him he would still fall over. This Bumbo seat really saved me.
It was lightweight, portable, easy to clean, it was made of a nice foamy material so it wasn’t hard and was made to fit the baby’s posture. I used it alot for when we did our occupational or physical therapy, so that I was more on the level of him when we would read books for sensory input, or work on our eye tracting. I even used it sometimes to feed him if I didn’t want to use the highchair.
The nice thing is it comes in different colors and there is also an attachable tray that can be used to put your babies favorite toys on.
This is a great product for all moms with new babies. A definite must to add to the gift registry. Easy to use, reasonably priced, lightweight. Definitely would recommend to others.
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