June is here! And Its time to announce The Tipsy Baby of the Month! As some of our Tipsy Baby fans may know, at the first of every month we randomly pick someone who has signed up for our Tipsy Baby Giveaway Contest, and send them a free Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat of their choice. This month we have decided to feature one of our winning babies as our Little Social Butterfly Tipsy Baby of the Month. Ladies and gentleman we are proud to introduce you to Liliana! Liliana and her family have been kind enough to share several of Liliana's experiences on her Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat on our social media pages. We always enjoy seeing her and hope that we continue to see her as she develops into a strong little sitter.
Liliana's smile lights up a room! At almost 7 months old she is well on her way to sitting up all by herself. Every day she works hard to strengthen her little baby core muscles by doing baby sit ups with her mommy and daddy. Helping your little one do baby sit up's by letting them pull themselves up by your fingers is a fantastic way to help your babies core development. Make sure you use your Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat or a soft blanket under baby to keep them protected if they let go. We love seeing how much time Liliana spends on her Birds of a Petal Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat, whether its sitting, tummy time or playing, we love knowing shes safe and sound! This is definitely a good thing considering that one of Liliana's favorite games is to tip herself over on her mat and giggle every time. From what we hear, she also gets a big kick out of fighting off the dogs as they try to move in and steal her spot!
Little Liliana has made her parents very proud. They can tell that she is a little thinker, starring quizzically at different things and trying to figure out what they are, what they do, and how they work. Maybe we have a little inventor on our hands! Regardless of what our little Liliana goes on to become one day, these days she does a great job at putting smiles on peoples faces. She is such a happy and joyful little baby girl, just as long as you keep up the pace when it comes to getting her her food on time, lol.
Special thank you to Liliana's mom for providing the photos in this blog post. If you would like your baby to be featured as our Tipsy Baby of the Month, please share your your Tipsy Baby experiences on our face book page or tag us on Instagram @tipsybabytime and if you like this story please share with your friends!
There is an ongoing debate to whether or not the use of a supportive device or chair is potentially harmful to your child’s development. One thing we can be certain of is that to early is never a good thing. It’s very important to make sure that your baby is capable of holding their head up on their own before attempting to prop them up or allow them to sit in a supportive chair. Always make sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions. I am a strong believer in allowing a baby to develop as naturally as possible. Giving them the independence to develop their sitting skills without any help from a device can yield some benefits not commonly thought of. Here are five benefits to unsupported sitting development for your baby.
1) Core Development
When your child is being allowed to make the attempt to sit up without being supported they are forced to fight gravity, a natural resistance that will strengthen your child’s abdominal, back, and neck muscles. Many believe that simply placing your child in a supportive chair or propping them in a corner delays the development of their core muscle group simply because they are not being forced to use them.
Like anything we do in life, practice is the only way to get better at something. If you go to a circus and watch a tight rope walker, you just sit there thinking of how many countless hours of practice they must put in to learn that level of balance. It takes practice for a baby to achieve the slightest amount of balance as they develop. Allowing your baby to sit there wobbling left and right to try and keep from falling teaches them how to keep their balance. When they are supported, it lessens their ability to interact with their sense of balance.
As we started experimenting with our child sitting up independently we learned something unexpected. We expected that she would sit there for a few seconds at first and then flop over and we would pick her up and let her try again, of course we had her on a protective sitting mat any time she was practicing sitting. What took us by surprise was how quickly she began putting her arms out to stop herself from falling! She had made the mental connection that falling was bad and she had a way to prevent it, something that would not have happened strapped in to a chair.
One of the benefits to letting your baby have some freedom when learning how to sit up is that they learn what their little bodies are physically capable of. Once they start to sit up they will also begin to let themselves down and learn to roll from their back and onto their tummy. Allowing your child to wander safely and move freely is a great way to help them develop not only faster, but correctly.
Allowing your child to develop at their own pace without forcing them to sit up too early is a great way to avoid any question that sitting devices have a negative effect on your child’s posture. Many medical professionals believe that supportive chairs or even propping your baby in a corner is actually teaching babies incorrect postural alignment that can potentially cause problems in your child’s development.
Empower your Child early
I think most would agree that they would like their child to grow up to be independent and self-sufficient. In my opinion it’s never too early to start. We have had great success with our little one as she has moved through the various stages of development. I would encourage moms and dads to experiment with letting your baby move freely and learn on their own wherever possible. As they are learning to sit up, don’t be afraid to let them fall, it is the most effective way for them to learn. With that being said, make sure your baby is in a safe environment. Make sure they are on a padded blanket or a sitting mat designed for your child’s independent development.
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Hey everyone! Happy April! The smell of spring is in the air and the flowers are blooming. As you may be starting to catch on to, each month we love to feature a baby from our growing Tipsy Baby Family, and share some of their accomplishments and unique little personality traits that make them so special! This month we are proud to introduce you to the sweet little Aeslyn, also known as "Little Miss".
We have been fortunate to get to know Aeslyn in our time working together with her mommy Tiffany that runs a fantastic blog called The Crunchy Mom Next Door, where you can find clever parenting tips, knock out recipes and awesome product reviews and giveaways!
Little Miss Aeslyn is celebrating turning 4 months old tomorrow, Happy 4 months Aeslyn! She is right at that perfect age where she is perfecting her ability to sit up on her own and she is growing stronger every day. She has been getting plenty of practice on her Tipsy Baby Mat, sitting up for a couple minutes at a time with that beautiful smile grinning from ear to ear. Such a happy and loving little girl, smiling at just about anything!
What really makes her smile is chewing on her teething ball and playing with her older siblings, being the sweet supportive siblings that they are, they all gather down around her Tipsy Baby Mat as she practices sitting and plays with her favorite toys, but don't try to take one of her toys as she has perfected the perfect stink eye ;)
We are so happy to feature Little Miss Aeslyn as Aprils Little Social Butterfly Tipsy Baby of the Month and we look forward to watching her grow!
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If you're a parent of a little one that has been through or is going through the process of learning to sit up, you're more than likely running in to or have ran in to the same predicaments that my wife and I did with our daughter. As our daughter developed we were always looking forward to her next achievement, it didn't matter if it was something as big as rolling over, or as little as grabbing her foot, it always left us feeling excited and proud. When she was around 4 months old she was holding her head up and starting to sit up with help. She was doing fantastic! Mom and Dad were so proud of her. We started sitting her up in her Boppy and in her Bumbo, and she loved it! By 5 months she was looking like a pro, holding her head up high and sitting pretty. After we felt comfortable with her trying it on her own without the use of a chair or supportive device, we decided to take off the training wheels. We laid out her blankie, a little nervous and not knowing what to expect and let her try it. Everything leading up to this point was easy peasy, not a whole lot of risk involved, but this was big, for the first time in her life she had to face her biggest obstacle without help from a device or mom and dad. For the first time she was going head to head with gravity.
Gravity, a first time parents worst nightmare. Before we have children we don't realize just how protective we can be. But when your first child comes along it quickly becomes obvious that we are slowly becoming our parents. You remember, all those times where you thought your mother or father were being overly paranoid, well with every passing day as a new parent you start to see why, especially when your precious little one starts learning to sit up. For me, that was when I really started keeping a close eye. As my daughter would sit there, wobbling back and fourth, my wife or I could never be more than a foot away from her, prepared to catch her if she started to lose her balance. I mean she was so little! We were so worried that if she fell all the way over she would get hurt. We would sit there with her all the time, letting her do her thing but never letting her hit the ground. After a while of doing that I started to ask myself, how is she learning about falling with us holding her up all the time? We were really know different than the Bumbo chair we had her strapped in to before. So, as hard as it was, mom and dad started letting her go, and low and behold her first fall and her first loss, gravity 1 - our daughter 0. and we were certain that if we wanted to keep letting her try, it wouldn't be the last time she had a fall induced melt down.
Over the next couple of weeks, I started trying to come up with solutions that would protect her if she fell. The first thing I tried was the thing that anyone would do in this situation, I added more blankets beneath her, enough blankets so that when she fell she would have enough padding to land on so that she would't be hurt or even upset. I hated seeing her cry so much. All of those blankets did a great job as far as softening her fall, but at the same time I noticed them creating a whole new problem. Several blankets made so much padding that it was actually interfering with her ability to sit up, the blankets under her bottom were squishy, and they didn't provide that firm platform that she needed in order to keep her balance. She needed a firm platform directly under her, with protection all around her, so I thought about it and ended up doing the next thing you see all parents of babies doing. Enter the "pillow fortress".
We started gathering up all the pillows we could find in our house, with the exception of the ones we were sleeping on, and we would construct a fortress around her for her to fall on when she lost her balance! This was the answer! or so we thought. I mean it did everything we needed it to do, it checked both boxes, protection and platform.
After about a week of setting up the pillows, picking up the pillows, setting up the pillows, picking up the pillows and so on and so on, we began to see a big problem with our new solution, convenience. So it was time to put on my thinking cap again. She needed a protective mat that softened a fall, with a center area that was firm enough to give her stability, and it need to be convenient. I realized if it was going to be convenient it was going to have to be one product that covered all three needs. I started surfing the net, looking for a baby mat that offered everything I was looking for, and I never found it. Now there were mats that got close but nothing that was exactly what she needed. If I found a mat that provided enough padding, it was to much padding where she had to sit. If I found a mat that was firm enough to give her a good platform to sit up on, it was firm everywhere and to firm for a hard fall. Some of the products I found kept your child from falling all together, like a nest, but that wasn't what I wanted either. I felt she could learn and develop faster if she was actually allowed to fall over, I had developed the theory watching her over several weeks that if she was allowed to be independent and could actually fall over, she would make a mental connection with falling and learn to react to it. I believed that if she was constantly reacting, trying to resist falling over, she would strengthen her trunk muscles and develop into consistent little sitter faster. I realized that if we were going to give her the tool she needed to help her develop and test my theory, I was going to have to make it myself, so that's exactly what I did.
After watching our daughter and seeing what kind of problems she encountered in these different scenarios, I had a pretty good idea of what she needed, now all I had to do was figure out the best way to make it. I came up with what I thought was a good design and took a drive down to the local fabric store and started gathering up different materials that I thought I would need. I went home and laid it all out. I started measuring and cutting and just about the time I was ready to start putting it all together I realized one important thing, I didn't know how to sew. Fortunately we had a good friend of the family who was a great sewer and she helped with the final construction.
Now that we had a good solid first attempt at the idea finished, it was time to put it to its first test. We laid it out and grabbed our little test baby. It was interesting at this point how our mindset had changed. So many times before we were trying to keep her from falling, and now we were in a scenario where we were just waiting for her to fall. After a minute sitting there in the middle of our new creation she began to develop that little wobble, this was it it, the moment of truth. She started to fall, and of course this time wasn't going to be a gentle test of falling to her side or backwards, she began tipping forward. Bonk! There it was, her first fall on our new mat and it was one for the books, a forward face plant with a twist and we waited for her reaction. We stood there watching, holding our breath in anticipation. Imagine our relief when she laid their on her tummy and picked her little head up looking at us, and suddenly she smiled from ear to ear! We new if she was happy we were happy, and we had a winner.
Now we just needed to make our mat a little more stylish and we had something. A few more tweaks to the design, we installed a zipper and velcro system that would make the cover removable so that we could toss it in the washing machine, along with adding radius edges and piping trim to give it a really nice look, and we had something that would meet all of our needs and look good as well. A few prototypes later and we had the first, finalized Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat.
After a couple of weeks of utilizing our new invention we had several friends and family come in and ask what's that mat thing shes sitting on? We explained that we made it and explained the reasoning behind it, everyone thought it was a cool idea.
Today, we hand make each Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat for children all over the US. We are so happy to be helping, moms, dads, daycare teachers, and even babies that have muscular conditions that required pediatric therapy. Creating a solution to a problem is rewarding enough, but when it helps others it's a unlike anything else.
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