How To Create A Routine With Baby Massage

How To Create A Routine With Baby Massage

Baby Massage has now become one of the most popular classes to attend for mums with little babies. No wonder, the classes are chilled, engaging and mums get to learn a whole load of massage techniques that they can use at home. In a Buddha Buddies Baby Class all aspects of learning how to massage your baby are covered. Making it part of your routine is an essential element.

What Routine!!!

Although most mums would agree that having a daily routine is something that they have or trying to establish, it is not often as easy as it sounds. For many mums there are a number of issues that make creating a routine very tricky. These can be from birth issues (long stays in hospital) to post-birth complications for baby or mum, to lack of additional support. Add in mass sleep deprivation and it can all just be too much.

How Can Massage Help?

Somtimes you just need to start small. I often have very small babies in classes (from 4 weeks and feeding every 2 hours). It can seem a mammoth task to put ANYTHING into a regular pattern. Baby Massage can help. Although in a class you will learn a ‘massage routine’, which can take up to 45 mins to complete, you can just choose 3-4 massage ‘strokes’ that your baby likes. This may only take 4-5 minutes but can still have a positive effect on your and your baby (you can read all about the Benefits of Baby Massage in our blog).

4-5 Minutes a day – that is all you need to start with. First, think of WHEN that will work. It is often hugely beneficial before bedtime, after the bath before the last feed. Or this might not work and you find that the morning works best. The key is, repeat that 4-5 minutes at roughly the same time, EVERY day.

Breaking this down into small time chunks is doable – a small step. If you repeat this every day, you are creating a Routine! Hurrah – it might be all you can manage at this point. Just take those few precious moments every day and enjoy.

Massage In Lockdown

Learn How To Massage Your Baby

We are now in uncertain times, and most parents are unable to attend a ‘live’ class. So the need for a high quality Baby Massage Course that you can use in the comfort of your own home is needed.

I have developed this online course based on my 15 years of teaching. It includes over 100 mins of Video, a PDF download and full instructions. Alongside a supportive VIP group, where you can ask any questions, during and after the course.

There is a FREE BABY MASSAGE VIDEO you can watch to see if the full course is for you.

Developing your Routine

You are past those early weeks and some parts of your day are starting to look similar. It feels like a massive milestone, you are getting there! Develop your Baby Massage routine alongside this. If your baby is now happier for longer before bed, then add some more Baby Massage in, take it up to 7-8 minutes, or longer.

Some days will always work better than others, but don’t worry or stress. It is all part of your journey and the important thing is to be aware that those small steps are starting to become more manageable.

Your routine will change as your baby grows, sleeping and feeding patterns change and you will need to adjust around those. Then you put in colds, teething, injections, holidays and days out and it is easy to see why your lovely routine has flown out the window. Just know that you can establish a new routine, putting those small steps back into place.

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Your Growing Baby

One of the things I mention in my classes with my Buddha Buddies mummies, every time you reach that point of ‘something needs to change’, it inevitably does! Having Baby Massage as part of this routine ‘toolkit’ can really help you as a parent. Remember, you can use it at any time. It can be a great mood changer as it affects so many of the physical and emotional systems. As well as being calming to receive, it is also soothing to give. Those repeated strokes can have a lovely affect on you too!

Your baby will go through enormous changes in this first year – it is indeed a journey for you both. So don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy those moments and try to make your Baby Massage part of your daily routine.

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Namaste

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Rachel

How to Keep Cool During Pregnancy

How to Keep Cool During Pregnancy

Being Pregnant In Summer

Pregnancy is like carrying around a hot water bottle with you all the time! Many mums love this but getting overly hot when pregnant is no joke. When the weather heats up, you are likely to feel that more than others. So here are some tips for keeping cool during pregnancy brought to you by Guest blogger Janet Penny. 

Top 10 Tips to Stay Cool During Pregnancy 

1. Run your wrists under tepid water. This will help cool the rest of your body too by lowering your core temperature. Don’t make the water too cold as it will constrict your blood vessels and send signals to your body to retain heat.

2. If you suffer from swollen ankles and feet, raise them up and drape them with cool wet towels. Also, take advantage of the weather to wear flip flops

3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, 8 glasses a day is recommended. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, take a bottle of water with you everywhere.

4. Go for a swim. I remember how much I loved swimming when I was pregnant, for one thing, I felt weightless for the whole time. Even if you can’t swim, spend some time submerged in the water at the shallow end, it’s a wonderful relief.

5. If you can, run your errands in the morning, before the sun gets too hot.

6. Wear large airy clothes of natural fibres, during the day as well as at night.

7. Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day and windows open to keep the air circulating.

8. Invest in a fan and put a frozen bottle of water in front to add moisture to the air

9. If you find it difficult to stay cool at night, check out this cooling pillow

10. Carry a handheld fan with you for instant coolness

Pregnancy Photography with Janet Penny

Guest Blog by Family Photographer Janet Penny. Janet is based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England and specialises in baby, child and pregnancy photography. She has lovely blogs for mums and mums-to-be including baby names. She kindly offered some great tips on keeping cool during pregnancy to help all those mums that struggle to get comfortable in the heat. 

Janet runs Hushabye Photography, specialising in newborn, older baby and maternity photography. You can see her work on her website.  

When Baby Comes

Luckily your amazing body will find its thermometer again! If you are thinking of taking your newborn to classes then have a read of the article that offers some great ideas on what you can look for. If baby massage is on your list of things to do with your baby, you can also purchase the online baby massage course from Rachel. It has over 100 minutes of guided videos and each module allows you to take your time and learn all you need to comfortable massage your baby at home. 

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Rachel Hawkes

Rachel is a Complimentary Health Specialist, running a Wellbeing Centre and is the founder of Buddha Buddies, Baby and Children’s Yoga, Massage and Mindfulness classes. She is the author of Mindful Parenting – 40 Mindful Moments to share with your children. She is currently working with experts in the field of Pregnancy, Child Development and Mindfulness to bring more information to parents everywhere. You can check out her blog on Top Tips to bring in some Mindful Moments with your children.

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Mindful Parenting Handbook

Mindful Parenting Handbook

How To Find Time As A Parent?

As a parent, it can be difficult to not only read all the ‘best advice’ but also find the time to put all those great new strategies in place. There is so much out there on how to improve ourselves as parents and bring up our children to be resilient, kind, caring and happy. The tricky thing I found, how to pack it all into an already busy life.

Speaking to lots of other parents, especially in my baby classes, everyone seems to be feeling it. How do we learn all this ‘new stuff’ on how to be the best parent we can and then find the time to ensure that we are able to put it into practice? I know that I love to read and develop, not only as a person but as my role as a parent. I end up ‘cherry-picking’ from various books, blogs, and general tips. Sometimes successfully, others, well – not so much!

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Parents Handbook

When I was looking at the idea of a Mindful Parenting book, this thought kept popping up. So, how could I make a book that actually had stuff you would want to put into practice an easy read! I had so many ideas and thoughts of how it ‘should’ look but in the end, I choose to follow my own intuition. Keep it simple. Write something that would be easy to not only pick up and read but also put into place.

The book is not divided into ages of children. So many families have a wide age range and honestly, many of the exercises are suitable for a wide age range. As a parent, you know what type of activity your child likes, regardless of age. My girls (aged 12), still love chasing bubbles around the garden!  So, let’s not confine this to age ‘appropriate’ activities. Instead, I have split it into types of activities. You can choose a guided meditation, with a full script to read out to your child. Or maybe they prefer something more tactile? How about using a Mindful Stone?

Mindfulness For All The Family

This is a book that parents and their children can read together. The techniques are also easy to bring into daily life. I wanted to show that Mindfulness can be accessible to all. If you have never ‘practised’ mindfulness before, you would have somewhere to start. If you have a daily mindful practice in place, then great, there are plenty of tips that you can add into your kid’s life that would enable them to join you on the mindful journey.

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Some Mindfulness Tips To Try

I have listed a few simple ideas that you can start to use straight away. Give them a try with your children and if you want to learn any more you can check out the book on Amazon – Mindful Parenting, 40 Mindful Moments to share with your children. There are also some great FREE resources on the website, with downloads and printables. This is a growing library of resources if you would like to receive monthly tips on easy to use Mindful ideas then sign up to the Mindful Parenting Newsletter.

  • Dinner Time – A really great place to start bringing in some mindful awareness. Ban all the gadgets from the dinner table. This can often just open up the opportunity to share some conversation, which can be a good place to begin.
  • Hold Hands – Simply hold hands with your child or children and closing your eyes. You can sit in a circle if you can, or just somewhere you are all comfy. No one talks, you can either just all take a moment together or if you are able you can focus on the breath. You might want to say “breathe in, and out” in time to your breath. The guided part of this, with your voice, can be a great focal point for you all.
  • Count the breath – Sitting or lying, count 1 and inhale, 2, exhale, 3 inhale, 4 exhale, until you get to 10. Breath normally for a couple of minutes and then repeat.
  • A Mindful Walk – Get out and about with the family and make a fun game of being aware of things you can see, hear or even smell! A fab one for a day out in the park or beach. This can really be used anywhere, for those times when you want to bring your child’s attention to what is around them.

Be Mindfully Aware

For any parent, just be aware that we need to not only spend time with our kids but connect to them when we do! The juggle of our daily busy lives can often be overwhelming, these Mindful Moments are as important for us and them.

Enjoy taking time, even if it is in small pockets. They all come together to help us build fabulous connections to ourselves and our children.

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If you would like to be part of an active Mindful Parenting community, then head over to the Facebook Group. There are lots of parents sharing ideas and I also pop in every week with more videos and tips on how you can easily add in more Mindful Moments in your parenting journey.

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Rachel

Chicken Pox Tips for Babies

Chicken Pox Tips for Babies

Chicken Pox – Natural Remedies

Whether your baby is small or you have an older child that is suffering – CHICKEN POX makes every parent start that panic of ‘What do I do now?”

Well, time to take a breath and know that no matter how severely they react there are some simple things you can do that will really make them FEEL BETTER! So grab a cuppa, take a moment and have a read of a couple of top tips that you can help with any child, even from newborn.

Do not Worry

Firstly, do not rush to the shops as granny told you that Calamine Lotion is, the ‘thing’. This simply dries out the skin and makes those nasty little spots dry and extra itchy. You can use Aqueous Calamine, this is the same calamine but put into a different base (feels similar to Sudocrem). This stops the skin drying out, though it is difficult to put on and get off so only use it on those really big spots!

Secondly, get those old stained muslins ready! Why – you are going to make your very own home remedy!  Our Oat Soak Recipe

Oat Soak Recipe

This is so simple, costs peanuts and is good for all babies, children and adults! It’s super easy to make and will ease those horrid symptoms of itchy, hot skin.

You will need:

  • 1 x muslin (or jam muslin if you have it)
  • Oats (nothing fancy, just the local supermarket ones are fine)
  • Dried lavender
  • Chamomile Tea Bags (again just shop brand will do)
  • Ribbon, string or something to tie 

Now, in a big bowl pour a good portion of the oats, add a large handful of the lavender, then cut up about 4 tea bags and empty the contents into the bowl. Give it a good mix with your hands or a wooden spoon. Now cut your muslin so they are in squares, big enough to put a large handful of your mixture into. Tie up securely with either string or some ribbon. (Any gaps and the mixture will spill out).

 

 

Now you need to pop this into a lukewarm bath. This is a super little bag of delights! Not only will it turn all milky but the oats make the skin silky smooth and ease the itching.

The lavender and chamomile are both anti-septic and anti-inflammatory so work to calm the skin’s heat and itchiness. They are all edible so you do not have to worry if your baby starts drinking the water. There are no sulphates to irritate the eyes and increase the itching.

Staying at Home

So a couple of really easy ‘top tips’ to help you cope with this awful virus when it hits your family. Remember, some are affected worse than others so if you are worried then please do consult your doctor. This advice is not in any way a replacement of proper medical care, just some tips that have helped as a mum! You will be stuck at home for at least 10 days but try and make the most of the time with your little one.

Hoping that your little one recovers quickly and that you survive the quarantine!!

This is just one of the many ‘tips’ shared in our Baby Classes, so if you would like to know more why not head over to the website to see our class timetable.

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Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

I Love These Classes

I have been teaching Baby Yoga & Baby Massage for over 15 years and I have seen the ‘baby class’ market change beyond recognition. In many ways it is amazing, the choice out there for parents now is so diverse: swimming, massage, music, signing, gym, messy or play. There can of course never be too much choice – though perhaps it leads to confusion of what it is a parent is looking for?

What Do YOU Want From A Baby Class?

This may seem a strange place to start – but trust me it is a good one! If you are looking for a baby class then YOU need to decide what you want to get out of that class? If it is to meet other mums, pick up some new skills, learn how to get your baby more relaxed or to have time to chat and just get out of the house – they are all great reasons for coming along.

Where do I start?

So start with the basics – what do you want? What do I want my baby to get out of a baby class? Can they benefit in a way that I can clearly see? Then the logistics – where, when and how much. Again, don’t commit to a class that starts just as you are about to put your baby down for a nap. Throwing your routine to ‘fit in’ a class often does not work for either or you. Do not think you have to do ‘all’ the classes straight away, plan what will work for you both. Different activities will also suit different stages in the first 18 months especially.

What Now?

For many parents, attending classes due to Coronavirus is not possible. Several countries are still facing degrees of lockdown and meetings of groups are just not possible. Here in the UK, it seems likely that we will not be able to go to any sort of classes until about September!

For other parents, they are not able to come to classes due to circumstances; older siblings still at home, travel difficulties or even health issues. As an instructor, I am always approached by parents who for various reasons cannot get to a class, and until recently there has been little in the way of alternatives.

The Way Forward

One of the silver linings that has come out of this pandemic has been the amazing array of businesses take their offerings online. We can now learn virtually – from baby massage to making our own sourdough! I have loved working on taking all my knowledge of the last 15 years and transforming it into courses, classes and support for parents all over the world! I now have mums and dads watching my videos and learning all the skills of baby massage and baby yoga in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany!

We are all brought together by the desire to still provide the best we can for our babies, and learn those techniques that we were planning during pregnancy. As parents, we have all had to adapt.

Online Baby Massage Course

Learning the techniques of baby massage in the comfort and safety of your own home, the online course really does provide all you need to learn how to Massage Your Baby. From which oils to use, time of day to how to help create a great daily routine, it is all in there. Along with video guidance for each and every stroke you need, with an illustrated handbook and full support in my private Facebook group. The course is aimed at parents with babies under the age of 10 months, as those babies crawling can be tricky! All the techniques are suitable from birth and any questions you may have during or after you can just pop into the group and ask.

Getting to meet other parents is still a main component of classes, and the support in the group is just the place. So many relationships are relying on this virtual support, and although nothing beats meeting other parents face to face, it is still so important to have a forum to voice your concerns, questions or just catch up. This is part of any course or class with Buddha Buddies, as support as a parent is vital, whether you are a new mum or already have children.

Massage Your Baby At Home

 

Baby Yoga – with Buddha Buddies

Baby Yoga is another great tool that you can add to your parenting toolbox, and I love teaching it! It enables parents to bring in movement with even the very young babies but adapts to all stages of development. A BB Baby Yoga class is all about your baby’s development. Think of Yoga as the ‘tool’ we use to highlight what is happening with your baby now and what will happen over the following months. Each class is different with elements that remain repeated, this is to embed the moves into your baby’s brain (more on this on the next two blogs). Combining movement, music, props and a great social dynamic allows your baby to transition through stages with you seeing the clear progression of what is happening – though, more importantly – you understand why!

Again, as physical classes are not available in many countries I have been building a lovely resource of videos over on Youtube. These are all FREE and this library will continue to build. Action songs are a great place to start and from the very young babies all the way through to toddlers they will love the combination of movement and song!

I have put one in here for you to try. Please do have a look at the channel and subscribe for more videos too.

A Baby Class For Everyone

I believe firmly that these classes will benefit anyone – the joy of course – the choice is yours!

Depending on where you are, there may be a range of classes running, but if not then online is certainly a great option. Many companies are also running live virtual classes, which again can offer more choices for you. In the UK you can always check out these great directories that list what is happening where you live, Hoop, Netmums and Class4Kids.

Learn More About How Your Baby Is Developing

If you would like to know more about the many and amazing ways your baby is developing then check out the other articles. Covering baby’s brain, structure, top tips for yoga at home, how to help with Chicken Pox and many more coming all the time.

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Swaddling your baby for Sleep

Swaddling your baby for Sleep

How swaddling can improve your baby’s sleep

For thousands of years, mothers all over the world have swaddled their babies. 

Swaddling helps your baby to feel safe and secure and is a great way to soothe them. It can even help your baby sleep longer!

Here are three reasons why:

1. Swaddling your baby prevents unnecessary wakes ups due to the moro(or startle) reflex.  This is where your baby feels as if they’re falling and reacts by lifting their arms.  If this happens when your baby is in a light sleep phase this can startle them awake. Swaddling helps your baby feel as if they are being held safely.

2. Swaddling helps to recreate the secure and cosy feeling of the womb. After 9 months of being in Mum’s tummy, the outside world can be a scary and confusing place for a baby.  They need constant comfort and reassurance during this time. While being wrapped up tightly in a blanket might not sound appealing to parents, it can help babies sleep better and cry less.

 3. Blankets and quilts can easily be kicked or thrown off in the night, leaving your baby waking up cold and uncovered.  A swaddled baby should remain safely wrapped up, which hopefully means less wake up calls for you! If however you do have a little escape artist on your hands, be sure to check out our FREE swaddling guide!  It shows you six ways to swaddle – to cover different ages and stages! 

Of course, another huge benefit is if baby sleeps more, then Mum and Dad sleep more!

Swaddling
Swaddling your baby

Finally, remember to always swaddle safely:• Never cover your baby’s head.• Always use a thin fabric and make sure your baby doesn’t overheat. (Tiny Chimpmunk muslins are perfect as bamboo’s natural properties will keep your baby cool.)• Always place your baby on their back when swaddled and use a different swaddling method when they are able to roll over.

Guest blog by Vickie Weinberg, from Tiny Chimpmunk. Check out her amazing website full of gorgeous bamboo baby goodies.

Rachel Hawkes

Rachel is a Complimentary Health Specialist running a Wellbeing Centre and also founder of Buddha Buddies Baby Classes. The resources page is full of FREE DOWNLOADS for many aspects of being a Mindful Parent. You can also read her article on picking up some useful Mindfulness tips for parents. For lots more parenting tips, head over to the new Mindful Parenting Website.

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