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Why do babies love having their bums patted?
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#1 Tea~for~two

Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:42 AM

Any one got a theory on this? At the moment DS is sleeping in my arms and if I'm patting away on his bottom he'll stay still, but as soon as I stop he squirms and starts to stir.
I've tried to get my head around what part if the womb experience this replicates but I'm baffled.
So it's not the most urgent of queries but I have a sleeping baby in my arms so I'm not going anywhere soon and I'm curious :-)

#2 babybel

Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:48 AM

I always thought that DD loved it because of the position she was in, in the womb and the most natural place for my hand was right above her little bum. I just figured it was comforting as she'd felt my hand their for months before birth.

In terms of a womb experience patting may replicate though, my thoughts have just switched to babies being head down bum up and perhaps our hearts beating send some kind of vibration through to them? Just a passing thought..

#3 Jensensmummy

Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:49 AM

I always thought it was just the rhythmic pattern to it. The constant bump bump just soothes them somehow. I sometimes to a drum solo on my DS bum and he doesn't seem to mind that either  tongue.gif

#4 Becwb

Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE (babybel @ 22/01/2012, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In terms of a womb experience patting may replicate though, my thoughts have just switched to babies being head down bum up and perhaps our hearts beating send some kind of vibration through to them? Just a passing thought..

I would have thought this too original.gif

#5 Butterscotch

Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:04 AM

It replicates the mum's heartbeat wink.gif  That's the theory anyways!

#6 wombatwoman

Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:04 AM

I agree with the rhythm thing.

#7 Butterscotch

Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:04 AM

Oopsy.  Double post...  unsure.gif

Edited by Butterscotch, 22 January 2012 - 09:05 AM.

#8 Tea~for~two

Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:38 AM

Ahh, I wondered about the heart beat, but I didn't think it would be strong enough for then the feel, just hear. I'll have to start doing a boom-boom boom-boom beat now tongue.gif

#9 greenthumbs

Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE (babybel @ 22/01/2012, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In terms of a womb experience patting may replicate though, my thoughts have just switched to babies being head down bum up and perhaps our hearts beating send some kind of vibration through to them? Just a passing thought..


#10 Feefifofum

Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:12 AM

My breech baby also likes her bum being patted so I don't think it's to do with position in the womb. I think they just like the rhythmic beat, and the bum is an easy place for a parent to pat ( and better insulated and therefore comfy than, say, bub's head).

#11 librablonde

Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:19 AM

I like being cuddled and having my bum patted unsure.gif  Maybe your baby has similar taste to mine original.gif

#12 JupitersMoon

Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:25 AM

I've heard it's the mothers heartbeat too, although DD never liked it, she just wanted to be curled up on me and attached to my boobs!

#13 Froger

Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

I always thought it might be because it replicates the gentle bumping-rocking action and rythmn of the mother walking about before the baby was born.

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