Why Adamo?

Why Adamo?

 

Everyone loves to swing...

Just remember how much you enjoyed it when your parents took you to the playground.

Swinging not only soothes babies and lulls them to fall asleep, but it also helps the deveéopment of balance, movement, spatial orientation, and fine motor skills.

Babies naturally love being cradled and dandled in their mothers’ arms. This is a normal physical need of all babies as they’ve experienced something really similar while being in their mothers’ belly for several months.

It’s not a caincidence that crying babies can be soothed easily by cradling them in our arms. Mothers know this best for sure. It’s an instinctual reaction of mommys that they take their crying babies in their arms and they nurse the little ones. However, parents often worry that babies get used to being held, and once they are put down, they immediately start crying. This occurs frequently, and there are infants who are continuously in their mom’s arms because of this. So no wonder that as a result, mothers becomes exhausted and they are not able to fulfill their other duties around the household.

We don’t doubt that the best place for babies is in their mother’s arms, however, we suggest to start using a hammock so parents can find balance and have some free time for themselves without going crazy. They can be sure that their little babies are in a safe environment and gets enough comfort.

Handcraft

We take utmost care when it comes to sourcing the best material in the world for babies. All our textiles are made of 100% cotton and adapted to the latest trends. We are constantly looking for extraordinary materials so we can deliver new collections for the joy of mothers. As our hammocks are made in a manufacturing environment, there is a possibility to order customized hammocks for the most special experience.

The exclusive look our hammocks is really important for us, therefore we are happy to decorate them with embroidery upon request. Embroidery is a decorating method, which makes the product special and customized with a sampler that is stitched through the fabric.

Is the hammock safe for newborns? Why?

The ADAMO baby hammock is safe to use from the movement parents arrive home with the newborn baby from the hospital. It replaces the crib and it’s combined with a swing. In South-American countries, a cradle is used in incubators as they know that swinging for premature babies helps in gaining weight faster and being more balanced. Babies with belly aches forget about the unpleasant feelings in their tummies and they calm down easily. Babies sink into the soft fabric, this hugging feeling is really comfortable for them. The head rests on s soft surface so it won’t get any pressure. However, it’s really important that if we notice our baby often is in an asymmetric position (the baby’s head is always turning to the same direction, or the baby is in a C-shaped posture) then please consult with an expert before using the hammock.

How can the hammock support the development of the movements?

We could write pages on this topic. Several studies were published about the benefits of using a hammock. It’s important to highlight that children’s vestibular system in the ear is in immediate connection with the nervous system. A. J. Ayres spent years with researching this topic and even developed a therapy based on his findings. His therapy helps to treat problems sich as difficulties with behavior, movement, and learning.

The balance skills of children improve when they move aside from the center and they find their way back to it. Toddlers use certain muscles, but they also have to learn to ease others. This muscle coordination is necessary for them to be able to move in an aligned way. These early influences are the base of coordinated movements and the ability of speech and other skills.

Crossbar? Why it’s necessary?

We always develop our products with care and we make sure to listen to feedbacks from parents. We got a lot of feedback about how the growth of babies make it more difficult to pet them in and take them out of the hammock. With the use of the crossbars it can be done more easily and faster, so we suggest using this type of hammock.

Expert`s opinions

Most children love to swing. Younger or older, doesn’t matter, it reminds them of the time spent in their mother’s womb. Floating in the amniotic fluid lets the baby move in any direction easily. After being born there is no such thing to support the baby, which results in some movements being more difficult for the newborns.

The development of movements (in alignment with the development of intelligence and emotions,) takes up several months. Its main stages are development of the eye-hand coordination, moving the head, being able to roll, crawl, creep, sitting up, standing up, walking - and later these develop into more complex movements.

The developments of the babies are influenced both by the stimulus from the world and by realizing the inner working of the body. Exploring the immediate environment of the children makes them repeat and practice certain movements, while the development and the working of the nervous system are also in progress.

Different types of playful activities that involve movements make children feel good. Swinging is such a joyful activity. The vertical movement of the body works as a stimulus for the vestibular system. By trying to gain the balance back, our nervous system is constantly working.

In Pál Heim Children’s Hospital we, physiotherapists treat children who suffer from different diseases of the nervous system or locomotor disorders. During therapies, our goal is to follow the movement development of healthy children, to work up their bodies normal functions. It is really important to do it in the most effective way possible.

In our hospital, we had the chance to try the ADAMO hammock. Children are able to either sit in the hammock or lay in it and the hammock can be moved into every direction. We can make the babies move and be more active by adjusting the rope so they can even reach the ground with their feet.

Some examples when we use the ADAMO hammock during our work:

  • For babies who had to spend months in bed rest (such as little children with neurological injuries, or who suffered accidents, or ha to be treated in the ER) so they are not able to sit by themselves. Still, by using the ADAMO hammock we can make them experience those vestibular stimuli that are necessary for the working of the nervous system.
  • For babies who has problems with their spines due to certain disorders. When there are problems with muscle coordination and the muscles are really tight. In this cases, we lay the child in the soft and comfortable hammock and the gentle rocking of it makes the babies release their tight muscles.
  • This tool is also really useful in the treatment of babies who have problems with their legs. We adjust the rope so the babies legs are touching the ground. With the help of the parents or the doctors the little patient is able to use their legs so a controlled muscle activity is started in the legs, and also, it’s a fun activity for the little ones.

Apart from the above examples, we can use the ADAMO hammock in several other fields. It is a fun activity for the babies and also works as a therapy. I would like to suggest the hammock for all parents as it is a way of a creative game, and also with the help of a doctor or a physiotherapist, it can be a therapy as well.

The physiotherapist group from
Pál Heim Children's Hospital

My professional opinion on the ADAMO hammock is highly influenced by the experience I had with my own children. Before she was born we were using the ADAMO hammock at GEKKO. I was sure that I’m going to buy her one since I knew how important and useful are the stimuli of balance that babies experience in the hammock.

We were really in need of that. During my pregnancy, I had to rest a lot and Rozi came as a premature baby. This way she lost a lot of stimuli that are really important for the development of the nervous system. In the womb, it means the swaying as the mother is moving. However, we were able to compensate them.

Unfortunately, Rozi also had hypotonia, especially in her neck and her back. Due to her condition, I wasn’t able to cradle her in my arms, as she experienced pain in her shoulders in that position. However, she was able to lay comfortably in the hammock - to the surprise of the physiotherapist. As she was in comfort in the hammock and she felt safe she was able to relax her muscles.

I’m pretty sure that if it wasn’t for the ADAMO hammock, Rozi wouldn’t be as developed as she is now. As a 14-month-old child, she is developing accordingly to her own age.

Julianna Angyal
Special Education Teacher
GEKKO