With two other children demanding my attention, I sometimes feel like Ernie doesn’t get as much of me as I would like to give him. A lot of the time, he’s the quietest one out of the three, so he ends up sitting in his bouncy chair smiling at a plastic owl, while I try to explain to his sisters that 3 chocolate chip brioche rolls in one day is not happening and maybe they should have eaten the lunch that I just made them and they fed to the cat. One of the things that I like to do to reconnect with him (and ease my parental guilt), is baby yoga. I first learnt about baby yoga when I took Mabel to classes, starting when she was 8 weeks old. We both loved the classes and I was really sad when we had to stop going because she learnt to crawl and kept going off to poke the other babies in the eye. When Greta was a baby I managed to make it to two classes with her, while someone else looked after Mabel. Now my poor neglected third child has no chance of making it to an actual baby yoga class, but luckily I remember enough of it to recreate at home.
I do a lot of nursery rhymes and singing while I help him do some gentle stretches and he gives me lots of smiles and sometimes the odd fart too. It is actually great for helping them with any trapped wind, so sometimes we do it in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to try and get him back to sleep. With all three of them I’ve found that they sleep really well during the day when we’ve done a baby yoga session, so that’s always a huge bonus!
It definitely helps their development too, lots of time looking at Mummy’s face has got to be good for him right?
I think I benefit from it too, I love the time I spend just solely concentrating on my baby. Of course finding the time to do it is always a bit tricky, but I find a Thursday morning when Mabel is at preschool is perfect. All I have to do is bribe Greta to stay in the front room with a Peter Rabbit DVD and 16 chocolate chip brioche rolls, ignore the pile of washing in the corner of the room and the floor that needs a hoover, and then we’re good to go.
If you have a baby, I really recommend looking up a baby yoga class near you and having an instructor teach you some moves and then once you know what you’re doing you can give it a go at home too.
Has anyone else tried baby yoga? What do you think? Any other tips for staying connected to a little one when there’s big children in the house too? We also love Babywearing to help with this and they’ll be posts coming up on that soon.
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