QUESTION... How exactly is the Taylorbar different from other baby tummy time positioning devices?
ANSWER... There are (2) main features that differentiate the Taylorbar® from other tummy time tools:
1) It maintains the child in the tummy time prone position by preventing the child from being able to roll out of the prone position. It does this by using a fleecy material wrap which goes around the child's trunk and attaches with velcro. It has a bar attached that prevents the child from rolling out of prone.
The material wrap has a non-skid liner that prevents the child from being able to "roll within it" as well. 2) Unlike other tummy time devices, the Taylorbar® is NOT a stationary positioning device. It's design allows, and therefore encourages a child to attempt forward mobility while in the prone (tummy time) position. It does not interfere with any of the child's range of motion.
QUESTION... Our baby immediately flips onto his back whenever we attempt to do any tummy time with him. We are very interested in what the Taylorbar has to offer, but there are a lot of references to "therapy" and our child isn't involved in any therapy . Would the Taylorbar still be a benefit?
ANSWER... Yes, the Taylorbar® would definitely be a benefit to your child, as it would to any child who is resistant to tummy time. Whether the child is getting professional therapy or not has no bearing on the benefit it provides. Although the Taylorbar® was developed to assist a child with special needs who was receiving therapy, the growth goals that were desired for her are the same as for any child.
The Taylorbar® is a tool for you to use to achieve a specific result - tummy time - and the benefits derived from that all-important prone position.
QUESTION... At what age should I start to use the Taylorbar with my child?
ANSWER... Once a child has developed some head and neck control, this is a good time to introduce tummy time to them. If and when you notice that your child may be resistant to tummy time or he/she begins to roll out of the prone position and you "feel" that this is interfering with their development, then it is time to introduce the Taylorbar®. And the sooner the better.
QUESTION... How long should my child wear the Taylorbar for during each session of use?
ANSWER... This will depend on how tolerant your child is to wearing the device and staying in the "tummy time" position. If your child is very resistant to it at first, start out with shorter sessions of use, and then slowly increase the duration of time your child spends wearing it until they are able to tolerate around 20-30 minutes per session. A great way to get your child to "enjoy" tummy time while wearing the Taylorbar® is to place a favorite toy in front of them to play with. This will distract them from being in a position they are not accustomed to, and it will also encourage them to work on their upper body strength at the same time.
Once your child is really enjoying being on their tummy and seems to have built up enough core strength to attempt mobility, a good way to encourage their prone mobility is to move their toy(s) just a little out of their reach so they are motivated to move forward to reach them.
QUESTION... How often should my child wear the Taylorbar?
ANSWER... Any time you are home with your child - and they are awake, alert and active - is a good time to attempt some Taylorbar® tummy time. A couple of sessions per day to start would be a good goal to work toward if your child is tolerant of this.
QUESTION... Does it matter what type of clothing my child wears under the Taylorbar?
ANSWER... Yes, it is best for your child to wear snugger fitting clothing such as a onesie or body suit, as opposed to anything bulky, over-sized or loose fitting. The Taylorbar® is designed with a nonskid liner inside the wrap to prevent the child from being able to roll within it. If the child's clothing is too loose, this could potentially negate the effects of the liner by allowing the child to twist and turn within their own clothing.
QUESTION... How long will it take to see results using the Taylorbar with our child?
ANSWER... This is something that will be unique to each individual child and their situation. Age at onset of use, developmental level, delays that may be present, and overcoming other habits of mobility (i.e. rolling) will all be factors that effect how long it will take to see results. Success will include the following: child becoming tolerant to tummy time, child learns to hold head up while prone, child learns to push up on arms while prone, child learns to combat crawl (moving forward while still on their tummy), child learns to get his/herself into a four-point position (on hands and knees), and child learns to four-point crawl.
These individual steps of progress can and will take time. By the time this product was developed for Taylor she was nearly two years old and was quite in the habit of rolling around, (a "speed roller," we liked to call her!)
It took quite a few sessions using the Taylorbar® with her before she stopped resisting being put into prone. After a couple months of use, Taylor was pushing up on her arms and beginning to combat crawl. Several months later, she was strong enough to get herself into a four-point position, and eventually she became strong enough to four-point crawl.
If your child is without the severe challenges that little Taylor faced, he/she will most likely achieve these same milestones much sooner.
QUESTION... How long should we expect our child to need the Taylorbar for?
ANSWER...This, too, will depend on the individual child. It will mainly depend on where their strength and skill levels are at the time you start using the Taylorbar® with them. We used the Taylorbar® with Taylor until the day came when crawling became her chosen form of mobility over rolling. Even though she was combat crawling after a couple months of using the Taylorbar®, she would still opt to roll for mobility when not wearing it. Why? Because combat crawling was more work for her, so she was taking the easier route! Once crawling became second nature to her, and she no longer tried to roll when not wearing the Taylorbar®, we no longer needed it. It took approximately one year of using the Taylorbar® with Taylor before she got to this point. (I give this as an example only. Again this will be different for each child and their unique situation. If the Taylorbar® had been available at an earlier age for Taylor - before she got into such a habit of rolling - she most likely would not have needed it for this long.)