How does Baby Yoga help?
Babies take in a lot of air when they feed or cry and the air can get trapped in the bowel. Once you have a few air bubbles stuck in the bowels, they tend to form large pockets of air that gives babies that uncomfortable hard tummy, characterised often by babies drawing their legs up towards their tummy to try and expel the gas. Doing these movements with them, we are mechanically moving the air out of babies body.
♡ Please consider waiting for your babies 6 week check before practicing baby yoga.
♡ If you have any concerns with your babies hips please clear with your GP before trying these stretches.
Before you start
♡ Please make sure you have waited around 45 minutes after your babies last feed to practice this sequence of movements.
♡ Find a comfortable space on the floor, turn off the TV, your phone and feel free from any distractions.
♡ Feel confident that your baby is happy, well and ready to participate. Things to consider: Are they making eye-contact, making happy cooing noises, do they seem playful?
Practicing the movements
♡ Make sure that you also feel happy and not stressed! Take a few deep breaths before you start. Shake out your arms and hands. Ask your baby if they are ready to try some fun yoga moves to help them feel better.
♡ Bring them close to you so they can see you and feel safe.
♡ Use a sing-song voice with lots of encouragement and praise. Try the song! They love to hear you singing.
♡ Only take the movements as far as baby wants to. If you come up against resistance, bounce the legs gently saying ‘relax’ and try again. All babies have different flexibility, if at any time they are uncomfortable please stop and try again another day!
When to practice and how often
♡ As a preventative to make sure those air bubbles aren’t having the opportunity to stick together and form those hard pockets of air - twice a day is very good if you can! This might be once in the morning (remember to leave 45 mins between feeds) and once in the afternoon. This will really help to get those air bubbles moving through the bowel as much as they possibly can throughout the day.
I really hope this helps. Please let me know if you have had any success. Good luck!
Love Lucy ♡