We know the benefits of swings and swaying from older ages. Our grandmothers recognized the fact, that swinging soothes the child, makes them relaxed, and helps in falling asleep. We can read about the benefits of swings in prominent journals. 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 such 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.

And why is the ADAMO hammock the right choice for parents with babies and toddlers?

I can recommend the hammock for every mother and father! It’s safe to use for newborns, the soft fabric of the hammock hugs and soothes the baby, and on an important note, the skull of the baby won’t become deformed thanks to the hammock’s softness. Sometimes babies fall asleep in the hammock, but that’s okay.

Bigger babies can swing themselves with the help of the springs. As babies first just lay in the hammock, later they can sit up. However, they are not in a fixed posture, once they are getting tired they can lay back, so their spines won’t be overloaded. The ADAMO hammock is secured on the ceiling at one point, therefore it can be moved around into every direction.

During therapies, we use the hammock for specific reasons. We have a skills development workshop, where we monitor the babies neurological development, and we teach parents about their children’s own needs for development, how fast and how often should the baby cradled in the hammock. We also create therapeutic programs for babies.

Please, make sure to use the hammock according to your baby’s needs, motivation, and the development of their skills. I would recommend the ADAMO hammock both as a therapeutist and a mother.

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