Our Baby Tummy Time Story

Hello! We are Paul and Jackie Rozema from Holland, MI, USA

The Taylorbar® was originally invented for Taylor, our grandaughter.  Taylor was born with significant developmental delays that were worsened by her resistance to tummy time.  She was born in 2004 to our daughter Katie and her husband Vince Tortonesi.  Taylor has a chromosome disorder called 4p- Syndrome (Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome), and she also has mitochondrial disease.  These conditions have caused her to have low muscle tone and unstable joints which are two of the many symptoms that have contributed significantly to her delayed gross motor development.

In her first two years of life, Taylor did not have enough upper body strength to push herself up with her arms, as a child would normally do to learn how to crawl.  Her only means of mobility was rolling. Taylor was so proficient at rolling though that she had no motivation to stay on her tummy and was extremely resistant to this vital tummy time position.

A coming change for Taylor...

It was a monumental chore for Taylor's parents and therapists to keep her in a prone position in order to work on strengthening her upper body core and arm muscles so that she could eventually learn to crawl. By the time Taylor turned two we were all quite frustrated with a complete lack of progress in this area.  After learning that there were no products available to assist in keeping Taylor prone for her therapy and yet still allow her freedom of movement we began engineering a device that would do just that.  After considerable thought, much discussion and several prototypes we developed such a device and it worked just beautifully! Enter the Taylorbar® baby tummy time prone positioner.

Within a couple months of using it Taylor learned to push up on her arms and began combat crawling. When the ability to roll was taken away from her the motivation to move in other ways was initiated! Mobilizing herself while remaining on her tummy was awkward at first for her as this was not something she was accustomed to doing.  She worked very hard at it though and succeeded!

Taylor continues her journey...

Taylor became quite efficient at combat crawling and soon was strong enough to get herself in a four-point position and eventually was strong enough to four-point crawl.  She then had the strength and motivation to learn other new skills, such as transitioning herself from laying to sitting, tall kneeling, and pulling to stand.  At the age of four Taylor started to walk independently, something even her therapists thought she would never be able to do.  This was enormous progress for a child with her delays and it was an exceedingly emotional and heart-warming event to watch unfold.  In our modest opinion and her therapists' as well, her achievement of these milestones was helped significantly with the Taylorbar® tummy time prone positioner.

Our mission became clear...

Taylor's therapists at her Early Childhood Development Center were very impressed with the device and began to order more Taylorbars® for use with other children.  We also made many others for children of parents who were in Taylor's moms' support groups.  We have received many positive testimonials from both parents and professionals alike.  Our mission became clear - to make this product available to any and all children around the world who could benefit from it. So we patented the product, trademarked it Taylorbar® and have been manufacturing it ourselves ever since.  We have been very pleased and thankful that the Taylorbar® has helped so many children in so many countries around the globe.