Wingbo Tummy-Time Swing
Wingbo Tummy-Time Swing improves strength and coordination, digestion and spinal alignment.
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Wingbo – the world’s first tummy-time swing
Wingbo has benefits for special needs infants and young children, in particular those with developmental delays. It can be a therapeutic tool for use in institutions and practices as well as privately in homes. Wingbo is recommended for use by pediatricians, physical therapists and early intervention specialists. Wingbo is recommended for developmental delays and conditions including Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, preemies, visual impairments and infants with multiple handicaps.
Limited Acceptance of tummy time: There is an increased acceptance of the tummy position when placed on wingbo. Infants placed on their tummies on the floor can roll over if they are unhappy, wingbo doesn’t allow for this, therefore the infant can benefit from being on his tummy. The swing also gives the baby a new perspective on their surroundings and makes interaction with him easier for the caregiver.
Visual Impairments: Movement and supported posture can stimulate visual responses in infants with visual impairments. These infants, once placed on wingbo, have an immediate reaction of lifting their heads up. The position of the swing helps build strength and stability which is especially important to infants facing developmental delays.
Down Syndrome: Wingbo helps with the factors that impact the gross motor development of a child with Down syndrome. Wingbo helps improve low muscle tone and loose joints by developing strength and endurance. Sessions on wingbo can help reduce developmental delay by strengthening the neck and shoulder girdle muscles, which is important for head control and for rolling and crawling. With practice, her strength will improve and she will be able to lift her head higher and stay in the prone position for longer periods.
Torticollis: From the first time the infant is placed on wingbo the infant is able to stretch and strengthen his neck muscles. Time in wingbo is also valuable time spent with no contact on the back of the babies head, important for infants at risk for plagiocephaly.
Hip Dysplasia: There is promising implementation for hip dysplasia. The spread position of the upper leg leads to an improved development of the hip joint socket. Placing the legs in flexion and abduction results in a correction of the leg and foot position.
Sensory Integration: It is possible to use the swing for vestibular stimulation as a part of Ayers sensory integration treatment. By making the swing rock by themselves coordination is schooled in the senses later needed for developing symmetry and bi-laterality of posture. Wingbo helps children integrate spatial, movement, and balance awareness that are provided by the swinging movement.
Acid Reflux: Experts suggest that the best position to place an infant in after meals is on their tummies with their heads slightly propped up. The ergonomic prone position of wingbo suits this need.
6 weeks to 6 years