7 Benefits Of Baby Yoga

7 Benefits Of Baby Yoga

I love teaching baby and toddler yoga, even after 15 years. The benefits of Baby Yoga continue to amaze me, and other parents too.

Although it is now far more wide spread than back then, it is still one of those baby classes that parents are often unsure of what the real benefits to their baby are. This comes up frequently when parents contact me regarding what is involved in a baby yoga class. Time to put some of those amazing baby yoga benefits out there for you all.

Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Parents

Yes, you too can gain from attending a baby yoga class!

Bonding – The time that you spend with your baby during a class is precious. It is really is just about the two of you, and this allows for building those deeper connections.

Support – Never underestimate the power of support when you have a baby. You really do need to have a tribe around you. Other mums who know what you are going through, who can offer that much needed ear to listen or shoulder to cry on. Most of my classes end up creating Whatsapp groups that offer support to each other. Many develop friendships that last years.

Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Babies

Brain Boosting – You may have seen from my other posts that I love how baby’s brains develop! One of the main features of baby yoga that make it really great to boosting that brain power is mid line crossing. This where we take arms and legs across the body. You can read how important this is for baby brain development here.

Body Awareness – How your baby learns about not only his body, but where is body is in relation to other objects (known as propreoception). Working out how movement can benefit motor functions as well as sensory development are integral to my classes.  For more information on how your baby’s brain is structured you can read my article on the baby brain.

Establishing Routines – Getting your baby moving can really help alongside other activities to sorting out some routine in your day. If your baby is a bit grumpy before bed (the witching hour as I used to call it), then putting in a couple of fun yoga moves can really help to tire them out.

Break The Mood – Even the best of babies can get grumpy for seemingly no reason. No matter when people ask – “is he hungry”, “is he tired” and you know that answer is NO! They can get themselves into quite an emotional state without much effort. How about some tools to help you break that cycle? Well that is one of the most surprising benefits, if you can get singing and moving your baby, they often forget what was making them all emotional in the first place!

Singing & Movement – I love the combo of using baby songs and movements in classes. You can watch one of these in action in my Baby Songs Videos, on my Youtube channel.

How To Get Started With Baby Yoga

If you can attend a live class then that is great. Buddha Buddies run a combination baby development class that offers baby massage and baby yoga. You can also watch lots of baby yoga videos on Youtube, or meet up with friends and have a go together. For inspiration, check out my Yoga Songs Videos and have a go with your baby. You can watch the great Baby Yoga Action Song Wind The Bobbin below.

How Baby Yoga and Baby Massage Compliment Each Other

I love using both baby massage and baby yoga together. The movement followed by a chilled out baby massage really does lead to the most relaxed babies. You can catch my online baby massage course below. At only £57, it really does cover everything you need to confidently massage your baby at home. Learn How To Massage Your Baby

I hope that you are able to start with some baby yoga with your baby or toddler, as you can see there really are some great benefits of baby yoga, not just for your baby but for you too. As always I love to hear what you think, so please do leave a comment below or connect with me on my Facebook Page.

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Rachel

 

 

Bored Children? Should Parents Be Grateful?

Bored Children? Should Parents Be Grateful?

Guest blog by Rae Pica, early education consultant, author, speaker, course creator and blogger 

Bored Children

Boredom is something today’s children have rarely experienced – because they’ve never had the chance to get bored. Today’s children have had their lives filled with “schooling” and endless activities, all due to the mistaken notion that if they don’t excel in early childhood, they will never reach their potential. That their “resumés” will look inadequate in comparison to those of their peers. So this idea of having bored children can be a new concept for them, and for parents.

Now, suddenly, all of us have more time on our hands than we know what to do with, including the kids. And parents are scrambling. In addition to fretting about missed schooling (which, as my colleague Tom Hobson points out, is the last thing parents need to worry about), parents are trying to keep their children entertained. To keep them busy. To keep them from getting bored. What are we meant to do with our bored children?

But boredom is yet another thing that shouldn’t concern parents – during this time or any other, for that matter – because boredom can be a powerful incentive.

Along with quiet time (for which I made my argument here), boredom will stimulate a child’s creativity. Imagination and creativity – ideas – arise from having time to think, to ponder and reflect, or just let the mind go. A child with time on his hands will make up games, create dramas to act out, build a fort, or discover the joy of reading. A child without such time develops only the ability to do what he’s told, when he’s told to do it. And that child isn’t likely to become an adult with initiative.

Boredom, rather than a parade of organized activities, is also more likely to help a child find her strengths and weaknesses, her passions and talents. When she has unstructured time, she has a chance to “dabble” – to experiment with a variety of activities at her own pace and in her own way. This is how she discovers her likes and dislikes. And when she has the opportunity to spend time on those activities she likes – to delve deeper into the possibilities – her interests and skills blossom.

Of course, dabbling can make parents nervous – because it can seem as though nothing “sticks.” But it’s natural for a child to lose interest in something after a while and then move onto something else. We’ve all had the experience of being passionate about something during certain periods in our lives – knitting, gourmet cooking, or gardening, for example – only to find these interests eventually wane. All it means is that the interest no longer serves our lives. It definitely wasn’t pointless, though; all of our experiences enrich us in some way. And children are meant to be fickle! Their entire early lives are about finding and losing interest, trying and discarding.

Unstructured Time For Bored Children

I realize it’s difficult for a parent to see – and sometimes cope with – a child who’s bored. But it’s important to stay the course. Having unstructured time allows a child to just be, and to engage in authentic play (self-chosen, self-directed, and without extrinsic goals). And once he’s become familiar and comfortable with the experience, rather than boredom, he’ll display an amazing level of concentration as he plays. Because play employs divergent thinking, his creativity and problem-solving skills will grow. If he has the time to carry out his plans and bring them to a conclusion, he’ll experience the satisfaction that comes from thinking things through and working them out. But this can’t happen unless a child has the time and the space with which to make it happen. To indulge his curiosity and spontaneity.

A child who’s bored has to be resourceful. She has to solve this immediate and urgent problem, and if given enough time and encouragement (a friend’s mother used to tell her “only stupid people get bored,” but that may be a little harsh!), she will figure out what to do with herself. Eventually, she’ll come to glory in these periods, finding all kinds of ways to use them.

Colleagues Lenore Skenazy and Peter Gray have written that the coronavirus is providing the course correction our children so desperately needed. We certainly would not have wanted it to happen this way. But if children learn how to cope with boredom during this pandemic, that’s one thing we can be grateful for.

What’s a Parent to Do?

Initially, a child who hasn’t had enough practice in self-sufficiency is going to need a parent’s help generating ideas for things to do. Here are some ways to cope with that.

  • Before boredom sets in, sit down with your child to brainstorm a list of activities he enjoys. Write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar, so the next time he’s bored he’ll have plenty of ideas to choose from. And having helped create the list, he’ll take pride in it and feel empowered.
  • Offer her choices, but keep it to a minimum of two or three so she doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the decision making.
  • Point out that he has a new book waiting to be read.
  • Offer to get her set up for finger painting or another artistic endeavor. Then step away.
  • Ask if he would like to help you with something you need to get done – making cookies or pulling weeds, for instance.
  • If no choice appeals to him, hold firm. Assure him that you have every confidence he can find something to do. He may initially be stumped, but because he’ll want to validate your belief in him, he’ll find something

More On Kids Activities

There are so many kids activities that can hold your child’s attention. I love that Rae addresses the issue of ownership here, if we are always providing the stimulation, then how can they learn what they like, what keeps them entertained? There are some great ideas above, and also in Rae’s books (see below). I have also put together some ideas for indoor kids activities over in the Mindful Parenting site, including making toilet bombs (which kids of all ages love to do), so that we have no excuse for keeping our kids bored. We can encourage them to find ways to entertain themselves, keeping their body’s and brains busy. Or just embracing some quiet time, allowing them to take time when they need it. Our children do not need to always be on the go, or on a gadget. So hopefully some of these ideas will get you thinking of what you can do with your bored children during these strange days and beyond.

I have been a fan of Rae’s work for years. In fact several of her books became the foundation for my toddler yoga classes. Her combination of research based evidence along with an empathic use of teaching to encourage learning and self-development make her books so accessible. I have several of them on my shelves and you can find more on Amazon. I have listed below some of my favourites along with a couple of her more recent publications which I know will be added to my library soon!

 

 

movement ideas for toddler and preschoolers

200 Ways to get your toddler or pre-schooler moving and learning

Rae Pica What if we taught the way children learn

Ideas from Rae Pica on improving our children’s educational lives

Acting Out by Rae Pica

Activities to help with active learning

Time For Mums

As you step away from constantly organising and creating all activities for your kids, you can also free up some all important time for yourself. As parents we often neglect to put ourselves into the priority mix. Maybe you can grab a cup of tea and read how to create some time for you, this one especially for the mums, but useful for the dads too!

If you want to receive more parenting tips, sign up to the montly newsletter that covers all things relating to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. You can also receive the lovely natural remedies e-book too, which has recipes for helping your baby or child. These recipes are also easy to make with the kids, so another set of kids activities to help your bored children!

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This blog is featured on Rae Pica’s website, she has kindly allowed me to share it here to spread the word that having our kids constantly entertained is not always a good thing! 

 

Colic – 6 Techniques To Help Your Baby

Colic – 6 Techniques To Help Your Baby

No matter what you try, your baby just keeps crying?

If this sounds familiar it could be that your baby is suffering from colic. Doctors often refer to the rule of 3:

  1. Crying for more than 3 hours a day
  2. Crying for more than 3 weeks
  3. Crying more than 3 days in a week

This sounds simplistic but does provide an idea of just how persistent this form of crying is. For many babies, it can happen at different times of the day, or night and usually develops between the second and fourth week after birth. The good news, it does subside! Normally by about 4 months, the bouts of crying begin to lessen and my 6 months they have gone completely.

What Is Colic?

There is no real medical definition of colic, though most mums will tell you that it is very, very real! It can often be a sign of an issue with feeding, sometimes linked to intolerance in the milk protein, that can affect both bottle-fed and breastfed babies. This does not account for many of the cases though, as in most of the situations relating to colic there does not appear to be any intolerance or deeper medical conditions. There is a great definition on Wiki

Symptoms Of Colic?

As mentioned, the starting point is often the rule of 3, but there are other things that are linked to colic too:

  • Fussing, at different times of the day.
  • Feeding, changing or sleep do not ease the crying.
  • Crying can occur at any time.
  • Knees are brought up to the chest when crying, indicating pain in the stomach.
  • Tries to comfort by either the breast or bottle, but then pulls away.

What Causes Colic?

Although it is still a general term for a baby that cry’s for long periods of time, there is still not a clear idea of what causes colic. Some of the issues that are thought to be a factor:

Over-stimulation – Many babies cannot adjust to the stimulation of all of their senses. You will sometimes see that when a baby is in a room with lots of people, where there is constant noise and lights that the crying will be much worse afterwards. I have seen this in Baby Classes, and the only way that the central nervous system can cope is to shut it all out. It does this very effectively by crying until exhaustion sets in. It is a brutal response from the body and can be helped by ensuring that you limit the stimulation to your baby.

Reflux – Linked to the lack of development in the Pyloric Sphincter, this causes the milk to come back up after feeding, bringing acid with it. If your baby is spitting up lots of milk after feeding, it is time to get to your Doctor for some medical assistance. There are medicines that can be given to help and in extreme cases, surgery is needed, though this is rare. Again, for many babies, they will grow out of this as the digestive system matures.

Immature Digestive System – This can really affect the premies, where the digestive system has not fully matured. They can be very sensitive to feeding, both in quantity and time. Again, as the body matures the digestive system will develop and the symptoms will eventually go.

Food Intolerance – This can happen to both breastfed and bottle-fed babies. It is often the milk protein that causes the discomfort but it can really be any foods (if you are breast-feeding). I had one mum who narrowed it down to strawberries! If you think this is an issue, then please do consult your Doctor. If you are bottle feeding there are some great formulas that can help.

Colic Remedies

  • Change your feed – One of the first approaches is to try either changing your formula or cutting out dairy if you are breastfeeding. If the pain is being caused by an intolerance you will normally notice a difference in 4-7 days. As always, please do consult your Doctor or health adviser before doing this.
  • Baby Massage – The techniques on the tummy can really help relieve pressure, trapped wind and ease the discomfort. I have a masterclass, just designed for baby tummy pain. It covers my top baby massage techniques so ease colic, constipation and trapped wind. All of which your baby can be dealing with as part of the symptoms of colic. Constipation often is part of colic, as the feeding pattern can become erratic.
  • Baby Yoga – There are some great movements that you can do to relieve trapped wind, which can often be a cause of tummy pain. You can watch some great Baby Yoga Videos on my Youtube Channel or yoga moves specific to baby tummy pain are also part of the masterclass too.  The Baby Yoga Action Song of The Grand Old Duke Of York is a brilliant one, not only does the mix of song and action distract your baby but the movements help relieve trapped wind and constipation

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  • Get Outside – I found when my daughter had colic that one of the best ways os soothing her was to take her outside. The fresh air and sun always helped, though I also combined this with a particular holding position too.
  • Holding Pose – I was taught this position when my girls were born (I have twins), and it was one of the BEST SOLUTIONS for colic that combined with these other tips, really did help bring her some comfort and relief. It is called different things, but I know it as ‘tiger in a tree’. You hold your baby in your lap, facing out and then you tip her so she rests along the length of your arm, her body is fully supported by you throughout. This position naturally puts pressure on the tummy, which seems to ease pain from trapped wind (it is also a great way of bringing up trapped wind) and you can also add in movement by rocking or swinging.
  • Colic Drops – There is no real scientific proof that these work, but I did add them into the routine in those colic weeks. Some mums swear by them, others say they do not make a difference. I think, as with most things baby-related, you can add it into your toolbox and see if they help your baby.

Bonus Tips To Try

Swaddle – Again, some babies really respond well when they are fussing to being swaddled. You can read more on how to do this, and some of the benefits too in a previous blog on swaddling your baby. Although I found it essential for sleep, I did not find it that beneficial for colic. Though again, it is easy enough to try, so worth a go when you are struggling for remedies for colic.

Swings – As I mentioned in the holding pose, movement can really help your baby when they are distressed or in pain. A baby swing is a great way of achieving this and often allows them to also sleep, which is always a blessing when you have been up for hours trying to offer comfort.

Tips For Mums

Nap – Get rest when you can is number 1. With patterns all over the place during these weeks, you will need your strength.

Help & Support – Do not be afraid to ask your partner, family and friends to help. Even if it is to drop off some meals, do the shopping. Or just be around so you can sleep for an hour. You will NEED support during these weeks. I remember these days well, and I was exhausted.

Other Mums – If you are part of any classes or groups then reach out for that emotional support from other mums. Mums are an awesome tribe that will be there for you, and having a friendly ear at 2 am can be a life-line. I know from my Baby Classes that the mums are often up during the night feeding but texting or chatting in a WhatsApp group. It helps get you through those well known ‘witching hours’.

Helping You And Your Baby with Colic

The Masterclass combines my knowledge of 15 years as a baby massage & yoga instructor with being a parent. I know first hand how Colic affects your everyday. It is all well and good people saying it is only a phase, but when you are up for hours rocking your crying baby, those weeks feel like years. I designed this class to offer you REAL SOLUTIONS TO COLIC, that you can use TODAY. It costs just £9.99 and includes full video instructions which you can watch at any time.

massage and yoga for tummy pain

 

There is also an online complete baby massage course, that delves further into infant massage. This course has over 100 minutes of guided videos, with a fully illustrated handbook and full support via my Private Facebook Group too. This is designed for you to watch at your own pace, go back to any of the videos and work through the course when it suits you. It is perfect for parents who are not able to get to physical classes. A full body baby massage routine is broken down into manageable stages, allowing you to learn at leisure. One of my mums, who has been to my classes previously took this course recently as said that it combined all the knowledge from my live classes, it ‘was as if Rachel was in my living room’! It is a very personal touch, one that I hope connects with you too.

Learn Infant Massage Online

Feel free to comment below, ping me an email or connect on Facebook. I love being able to support parents, through the rough and the smooth.

Good luck over the next few weeks, I know how tough it is. Hang on in there, and know that you are doing an amazing job!

x

Rachel

 

Learn How To Massage Your Baby

Learn How To Massage Your Baby

Your Newborn Baby

The times of popping along to a baby class are currently out of action for many people across the globe. Baby Massage is still such a useful skill to have, but how can you still learn how to massage your newborn baby?

So, the need for great quality online baby classes and courses to impart some great techniques and also keep parents sane is a must. The Baby Massage Course is the start, Baby Yoga Classes will be coming as well. 

Baby Massage Benefits

There are soo many benefits to both you and your baby from learning essential baby massage techniques. You can read about many of them in my Top Benefits blog. Though for most parents they need solutions to:

  • Calming
  • Relaxation
  • Colic 
  • Constipation

There are lots more, but if these are the ones that you need then YES massage is the right solution for you! 

Baby Massage – Why Learn From Me?

I have been teaching the Massage Your Baby baby massage course for 15 years. The last few weeks have seen the closure of classes, with the risk to parents and babies just too high.

New Online Baby Massage Course

It was time to get this course available to everyone, no matter where they are. So, I have created an online course for you. With over 100 minutes of videos, a fully illustrated PDF handbook and clear modules to follow.

Why Online?

Many people are now in a situation where they are unable to get to a class. For others, who are still able to get out and about but perhaps prefer the idea of taking their time and working through all the information at their own pace.

What About Support?

Do not worry, the learn to massage your baby course also includes access to my VIP Facebook Group too! I pop in there with additional tips for babies and development.

There are lovely parents in there to chat to along the way. Offering that additional level of support that will keep you going and answer any questions that you may have.

How About The Baby Massage Basics?

I have put a little video below which not only covers the basics but will also give you an idea of what you can expect from the course too. I hope you enjoy it and please do let me know how you get on.

How Do I Purchase The Online Baby Massage Course?

If you want to purchase the complete online course you just hit the button below. The course is only £57 and includes everything you need confidently massage your baby at home, with video, modules to follow, downloadable handbook and support. 

Reviews Of The Infant Massage Course

If you want to know what parents really think!

I love the personal touch, it’s like Rachel is sitting in your living room with your” and “It’s so much more than a massage course!”. You can also see lots of reviews from many of the parents who have attended the live courses over the years on the Facebook Page too 

More Baby Classes

There will be lots more resources coming along soon. All online courses are available on the online page and will run via the Online Parenting Platform, This platform allows you to access each course easily and download all the elements.  This already has lots of ideas for keeping the older kids busy – all with a mindful approach.

Ideas For Baby

There are some great baby and parenting blogs here to help you along the parenting journey too, with making your own all-natural bath soak, to learn more about bonding.

I hope that the resources from both of my websites will help. You can always sign up for the newsletter to get to know when more classes are coming too.

Good Luck and be safe out there

x

Rachel

Baby Action Songs

Baby Action Songs

Baby Yoga

As a Baby Yoga Instructor, I love the simplicity of baby action songs. A simple nursery song combined with some movements never ceases to bring a smile to a baby’s face.

However, did you know there is a lot more going on in that baby brain while they are smiling and moving?[

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Your Baby’s Brain

You know that your baby has the most awesome brain, every parent is always astounded at just how quickly their baby develops and gains new skills. Let’s face it, even at birth the amount of brainpower that your baby shows is pretty mind-blowing! (did you know that your baby knows your smell as soon as they are born – amazing and true!)

During the first year, the physical size of your baby’s brain doubles! That just goes to prove that they really do get smarter every day. Also, the area of the brain that shows the most development in the first year is the cerebellum, which is responsible for movement. You can read more about this in the great article by LiveScience.

Developmental Skills

So, how can we harness this rapid growth and boost your baby’s brainpower?

Doing – Yes, really! The main method of really working that grey matter and the method that works best for your baby is the act of doing, watching and engaging in something.

Action Songs

By working on song and movement you are utilising both the left and right sides of your baby’s brain. This really is a double winner for boosting that early development. Different areas of the brain are being activated at the same time! I cover various songs in baby yoga classes but I have also started to put them together in a FREE VIDEO SERIES over on youtube. You just need to grab your baby and you are all good to go! I have put one below so you can see me in action.

Singing, love it or hate it? Luckily enough, your baby is tuned to love the sound of their caregiver’s voice, so even if you think you are sounding horribly out of tune, do not worry your baby will still love it! It is another way to get other family members involved. There really is nothing cuter than a sibling signing to his or her little baby brother or sister! If you have Grandparents who are not nearby, you can always set up that Zoom call and get them singing too.

Movement with Song

Adding in movement during the song really is the next step in working that brain. Your baby will always love listening to songs you sing, but when you start adding in some movement with them, it really takes make the whole thing far more exciting and interactive, which all helps with that brainpower. There are various songs that are available, and you one of the joys is always making up your own too. I have listed some of my favourites below, but feel free to add in any that you know. The lovely thing is that lots of traditional ‘nursery’ songs work so well for this, and many of them are regional. It is a great way of adding in some real diversity and also family history to the next generation.

Other Baby Developmental Techniques

Your baby learns by watching and doing, so what other baby activities can you add into your day?

Baby Massage – this still remains one of the best ways to add-in soo many benefits to your baby. From bonding to singing, there really is a whole lot of techniques there to build that baby brain. You can start baby massage today with the online baby massage course. It has all you need to learn baby massage at home, all delivered in video modules that allow you to learn at your own pace. It also has full support via the private Facebook Group too.

Learn How To Massage Your Baby

Books – reading with your baby, especially if you are choosing interactive books is another brain-boosting baby activity that you can easily add in every day. I have put in a couple of my favourites below.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep It Going – From Birth To Age 3

These are all suitable for the first year, but remember that your baby’s brain will continue to grow and the first 3 years at the biggest times of brain growth during our whole lifetime. There is more to read on how your baby’s brain is structured and activities for working both sides of the brain too. So keep going with those activities! You can check out more baby and toddler activities here and also how to add in some mindfulness activities for the toddler and beyond years

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Mums – Ditch The GUILT

Mums – Ditch The GUILT

Being a new mum – no book can prepare! Overnight your life completely changes. Many women believe when they are pregnant that their life will be exactly the same as before, just with a baby. Oh my, what a rude awakening that can be! Before we know it new mum guilt kicks in.

Not only are you suddenly meant to become some sort of ‘baby whisperer’ but cope with your body post-natally too! The trauma of birth becomes a taboo subject and you should now be portraying a glowing earth mother – preferably surrounded by an aura of tranquillity!!

Sound familiar?

New Mum – The Reality

The truth is very different for most new mums. Even the most ‘textbook’ of births can be exhausting, painful and very, very long. For those babies that arrive unexpectedly and early there is often early onset guilt – ‘was it something I did’, ‘I should have known something was wrong’. Then we add a baby, hospital trip, breastfeeding and that’s all before we even get home.

Sleep deprivation kicks in quickly, combined with coping with a new baby and the pressure to breastfeed and those early days often lead to a massive overwhelm.

The Mum Guilt

So, you are now at home, pass the blur of those first few days and the accumulation of lack of sleep is being to take its toll. Gone are the days when generations lived in the same village and offered support. Now, partners take off 1-2 weeks, parents pop in to cuddle the baby, friends drop of lovely presents and then, we are on our own. Our role as a new mum has begun.

What happens, the guilt kicks in. We should be able to handle our baby, cook dinner, clean the house and of course, look amazing too! You look at Social Media, everyone else looks they are having the most amazing time with their new baby or juggling the family and a fabulous career. Surely it’s just you? Why then do you feel this mum guilt pretty much all the time?

The Truth

No, it affects all us mums! Honestly, it does. In my classes, where I’ve been teaching baby massage & yoga for 15 years it is something I see all the time. It only takes one Mum to speak up, then they all chip in. The truth is that as a new mum we are all faced with challenges, as individual as our personalities. However, the good news is:

  • You are not alone
  • There are things you can do to help yourself

What can I Do?

  1. Find some support, from friends and family but also further afield. Join some baby classes locally, there are plenty of different activities out there. Connect with people in person, do not just rely on ‘virtual support’, the posts on Facebook or WhatsApp. It is important that you find other mums who are going through the same stage as you, support of like-minded mums is a very powerful thing! If you are local, then please do check out my baby classes, where so much focus is put on you as a mum. With plenty of time to chat and connect with other like-minded parents. You can see the full timetable here.
  2. Self-Care, I know this is the new current ‘in thing’ but it is so important to take a view on where you are in your priority list. This is something that I know I am really trying to work on. It seems ‘selfish’ to put ourself’s anywhere near the top of the daily ‘to do’ list, but we MUST. If we are too tired, get ill, feel exhausted all the time or risk our own physical and mental health, how can we support our family? You can read about some great ways that I have found to literally sneak in some all essential time for me.
  3. Get out and about. Leave the house, even if it takes you an hour to do it. If you don’t drive, then go for a walk with the buggy. If you can get out to classes, or meet up with friends then do. Getting fresh air is not only good for the body but also for your emotional state. Also, to go out you have to make an effort to get dressed, and sometimes that can seem an unachievable mountain all on its own. You don’t need to be dressed for a night out with full makeup, just not in a onesie!
  4. Try some Mindfulness. I know it is the buzz word at the moment but it can really help create moments where you can feel connected to yourself again. It is also amazing to use with babies! You can grab lots of FREE Mindful Resources over in the Mindful Parenting platform, including a guided meditation that is perfect for listening to for a few minutes.
  5. The thing is to find a way that works for you. Not just the good old bubble bath, but somethings that really make you happy. You can also check out some useful tips to use with the older kids in the Top Tips Blog too.

Ditch The Mum Guilt

So being a new mum is not the picture of mother earth delight it is often cracked up to be.

If you have days in your pj’s, realise you have been out all day with baby vomit down your back, have cried over trying to get a car seat out of a car. Well, then welcome to Motherhood! You are part of a tribe that acknowledges your guilt – but can tell you to let that stuff go! You are doing an amazing job!

If you want to learn how to introduce Mindfulness into your family then my book Mindful Moments is available on Amazon. It has some great ways of how to add in meditation and mindfulness for parents and children.

mindful parenting guide

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