Safe healthy movement.

We believe in letting babies develop naturally by giving them the freedom to move and play.
The YouBeBaby bath’s brilliant three-stage design transforms as your baby grows and
frees you up to enjoy this precious time together.

Select a development stage to see more details.

12 months to two years

“All important learning takes place within the context of play.

Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Professor of Child Health and Development at Harvard University

Start with the perfect incline that lets your baby bath safely and comfortably without you needing to be in an awkward position.

Bath rings and seats that prop up or recline your baby actually delay progress at a crucial time to for balance and coordination development.

This brilliant safe and stable design frees your baby to safely stand and play in the bath. 

Stage One: Freedom to Move

Development from 0 to 6 months

Build Strength Naturally

Because bath time is a naturally fun and exciting time for babies and a frequent part of their routine, it should be thought of as more than simply washing. 

Optimal conditions for early development are repeated, safe, comfortable and stimulating environments that provide babies with opportunities to play. 

The incline for Stage One of the YouBeBath is specially designed to allow your baby freedom to develop naturally enjoying the wonderful experience of water and bath time with you.

Important First Baths

Firsts baths can be a worry or they can be a special time.

During Stage One your baby can stretch, push and roll on their side or tummy, or simply recline comfortably. As your baby grows they will learn to raise their head, building their core, neck and limb strength.

Please watch our video: Stage One – Beginner Baby.

The First Three Months

In your baby’s first few months their movements will get smoother, and by the third month they will typically be stretching and pushing with their legs.

Every baby is different, but generally they will go from moving their head from side to side while on their back to being able to raise it to 90 degrees while on their tummy. They will also start to swipe at objects, and grasp and shake toys.

YouBeBaby – Bathing and Bonding

From the beginning they will enjoy looking at human faces, especially yours. In the second and third month they will probably be smiling and starting to lift their head and look for sounds and respond or imitate your voice.

During this precision time you want to be looking into their eyes, smiling, and bonding (when they look away they’ve probably had enough).

We recommend no bright overhead lights and no background noise, so they can clearly hear you talk and sing to them. Talking is very important for them to develop their language skills.

The YouBeBaby bath incline puts your baby in the perfect position for you to build your connection while bathing them.

After their bath a gentle baby massage will also help relax them and help you bond.

Freedom to Wriggle

… movement information

Some Great Bath Ideas

Wrap and unwrap the towel as needed to adjust the temperature for more comfort.

We love using a towel wrapped around the baby because that allows the water to more gradually come into contact with the baby and avoid sudden transitions which can be upsetting.

Also, the towel helps support the baby and we like doing that because people don’t generally enjoy the feeling of dangling feet and not knowing where the ground below is.

Use the handshower! It’s wonderful and babies love it.

This enables bath time rolling, tummy-time and leg pressing – the ideal ways to build strength naturally.

That’s why the YouBeBaby bath is flat with vertical sides, non-slip, broad and stable.

They can sit, stand and walk around without the constant risk of the slips and falls so often seen in a regular bath or shower.

Three to Six Months

4th month

hold head unsupported, (though may still be wobbly). lift head and chest about 90 degrees when lying on tummy.

Roll from tummy to their side maybe even to their back.

grasp and try to reach for objects

Babble with more expression

Smile, laugh.

Fifth month

roll from tummy to their back, play with feet and toes, transfer object from hand to hand. Watch objects that are dropped.

Sixth month

Hold their head steady. Lift head chest and tummy by bearing weight on their hands. Grasp and study small objects. Express emotions by making sounds. Enjoy playing, especially with their parents.

Roll, Kick, Push, and Tummy-Time

Three to six month activities

  • Talk: Whereas your conversations used to be only one-way, your baby will now start to answer you by making sounds when you talk. Actively listen to their responses and make facial expressions to teach them about communication.
  • Play: Singing nursery rhymes, playing with toys and reading books to your baby will stimulate their brain and strengthen your bond.
  • Do tummy time: Your baby still needs to spend some time on their tummy every day to help strengthen those neck and upper-body muscles. They’ll probably be able to do it for longer periods now, so let them play on their tummy until they started to look tired or fed up.
  • Go for walks: Take your baby for walks in their stroller or baby carrier and point out the trees, birds and clouds to help them learn about the world around them.
  • Establish a routine: Following a similar routine each day – for example, feed, change diaper, play, sleep – can help your baby feel secure.

Stage Two: Learning to Sit

Development from 6 to 12 months

Six to Twelve Months – Time to move!

Seven months

Strong head control. Sit for limited periods, using hands and arms for support.

Roll back and forwards on tummy …  if you want you can alternate to using the incline now and then.

Eight months

Sit well without support, observe toys closely, love to play games.

Nine months

Crawl, get into sitting position, sit unsupported for longer periods, use their thumb and index fingr to puikc up objects, may start pull themselves to standing.

Ten Months

Repeat actions that elicit a reaction. Sit for as long as they like.

eleven months

May begin to cruise.

Reach for, grab, even throw objects, enjoy music and bounce to it

Twelve months

Stand alone attempt first steps. Explore objects in many ways including shaking, banging, throwing and dropping. 

Repeat sounds or gestrues to capture attention.

  • Have strong head control
  • Sit for limited periods of time, using their hands and arms for support
  • Roll from tummy to back and then back to tummy
  • Turn and reach for an object 
  • Try to move by ‘army crawling’
  • Clap hands
  • Take objects to the mouth
  • Shows an interest in food (See our guide to introducing solids)
  • Focus and examine objects intently
  • Show an interest in toys that make music 
  • Show happiness and excitement in social situations
  • Make babbling sounds like “ba-ba” or “ga-ga”

Learning to Sit

Fun Bath Activities

  • Find partially hidden objects
  • Enjoy social playtime
  • Six to nine months.
  • Talk: Your baby loves the sound of your voice, so talk as much as you can. Actively listen to and respond to their babbling to encourage language and communication skills.
  • Encourage movement: It can be tempting to limit your baby’s movements so that they can’t get into trouble, but letting them crawl and move around as much as possible can help them develop muscle strength and learn new skills.
  • Play: Playing games such as peekaboo, singing nursery rhymes, looking for hidden toys, copying sounds and playing outdoors can not only help your little one’s development but make them feel secure.

 

Activities for 9 to 12 months

  • Talk: Describe your everyday actions to your baby as you’re doing them. Listen attentively to their babbling and respond with positive words and facial expressions to help develop their communication skills.
  • Play: At this age, babies love interactive games such as peekaboo, songs with actions such as “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and “This Little Piggy”, as well as making funny noises and faces. As they approach their first birthday, you can try toys and activities that encourage creativity, such as blocks, crafts and painting. They’ll also love playing outdoors in the yard or at the park.
  • Encourage movement: Create a safe space in your home where your baby can practice crawling, sitting, pulling to stand, cruising and walking without hurting themselves on sharp corners or slippery surfaces.

Stage Three: Freedom to Learn and Play

Development from 12 months to one year

12 to 18 months

Play simple games like “Patty-cake” and give you a high-five

  • Stand without help
  • Walk without help
  • 12 to 15
  • Talk: Name everyday objects and describe your actions to develop your child’s language skills. When they try to speak to you, listen attentively and respond to encourage communication skills.
  • Play: Stimulate your child’s imagination with open-ended toys such as blocks and empty boxes. Play interactive games and songs such as “Patty-cake”, “Itsy-bitsy spider” and peekaboo. And play outside as much as possible to encourage big movements and immersion in nature.
  • Show empathy and affection: Your child will learn about empathy by watching you, so show them that you’re attentive to other people’s feelings. Give your child plenty of kisses and cuddles every day to make them feel loved and secure.
  • Encourage movement: Letting your child walk, climb, run and tumble inside and outside the house will help their physical development. Make sure both your indoor and outdoor areas are child-proofed to prevent injury.
  • 15 to 18
  • Talk: Name objects in the house, talk about the weather and let your child know where you’re going today. This will develop their language skills and encourage them to respond. Listen when they talk and repeat what they say (“Yes, that’s the cat”) to reinforce their learning and teach them about communication
  • Encourage exploration and movement: Now that your toddler is running and climbing, head to the backyard, park or beach as often as possible. Playing outdoors will boost their physical development. You can also build their self-confidence and independence by letting them explore new things on their own while remaining close by.

18 to 24 Months

Begin to sort shapes and colors

  • Follow instructions with two steps, such as “Pick up your toy and put it in the box”
  • Point to objects when they’re named
  • Recognize the names of familiar people and body parts
  • Be increasingly independent
  • Talk: As you go about your day, name objects and describe your actions to help develop your toddler’s language skills. Listen to them when they speak to show that you value their input and respond appropriately to encourage communication skills.
  • Play: Young children learn the most through play, so set aside some time to play with them each day while also encouraging them to play independently. Play dates are a wonderful way for your child to learn social skills at this age.
  • Read: Nurture your little one’s imagination and language skills by reading books and making up stories. Your child may increasingly enjoy reading on their own as well.
  • Encourage big-kid skills: It might seem easier to do everything for your child but letting them try to get dressed on their own or help you “cook dinner” will support their development and foster independence.
  • Encourage movement and exploring new things: Give your child plenty of time to run outside and play at the park to encourage their physical development. Let them explore new areas and objects while remaining nearby to help them feel safe.

YouBeBaby

The Movement Movement Newsletter

We have some great innovations coming, all based around the movement movement, and occasional special offers so if you are interested please sign-up for our newsletter.

We also share parenting articles that we think are of value but will never share your details or send you paid advertising from others.

Join the movement movement.

YouBeBaby

YouBeBaby is designed in France and conforms to the highest safety and manufacturing standards.

We take sustainability very seriously so all our products are designed and built to last.

Patents applied for in France and filed internationally through WIPO PCT.

 

info@youbebaby.com
support@youbebaby.com

YouBeBaby SAS
42 Rue de la Pompe
75116, Paris
France

SIRET: 84331379200015