Baby classes aren’t for everyone….

For some people, attending a baby group or class is either not their idea of fun or just not possible. Being unable to drive, or not having access to a car can make it difficult to get to some class and group venues too.

Not everyone feels comfortable in groups of people and it can be quite daunting to get out on your own with a new baby.

I offer 1-1 sessions in the comfort of your own home or mine. I provide all the towels and oil and information so all you need to do is relax and enjoy some lovely bonding with your baby.

We can focus on any areas of concern such as constipation, wind or congestion or I can just share with you a general routine for helping both you and your Baby to relax and hopefully aid better sleep for both of you.

The session can involve just one person and Baby (or a doll if you’re looking to learn a few strokes before Baby arrives) or can include your partner, other children or family member or group of friends.

For more information or to book a session message chilledbeansbaby@outlook.com or message me via Facebook

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3 Months old and ready to mingle!!

What has been your favourite thing to do with Baby?

As this treasure is my last baby I need to make the most of her and life with a little baby and soak it all up!!

She’s becoming more alert and interested in what’s going on so I’ve been thinking about which groups or classes to take her along to.

It’s nearly 4years since I last had a little baby so I’m thinking there are probably some new things out there.

So, what have been your favourite groups or classes to attend with your baby?

Our newest little Chilled Bean

I realised that I hadn’t properly introduced my newest little Chilled Bean. Born 31st August weighing 8lb 4oz. and after much deliberation named Poppy Elizabeth Oates.

We’ve spent the last nine weeks soaking up baby cuddles, singing lullabies, sniffing sweet baby breath and stroking her fuzzy little head.

Her big sisters quite simply adore her and fight over who is going to help change her nappy or holder or sing to her.

Poppy certainly enjoys being massaged and we’ve all seen the benefits of Yoga and massage in soothing her windy tummy!

We feel soo very lucky to have her and are excited to watch her grow and flourish.

Pregnancy, Yoga and me

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I’ve yoga’d through each of my pregnancies. In my first I only really found time for it when I finished work and started maternity leave so I really only attended a few classes. I really struggled with pelvic girdle pain and at my worst couldn’t get off the sofa or walk across a room. It was agony. It improved with lots of rest but was tough.

In my second pregnancy I attended weekly classes and occasionally practised at home too but really only once a week here and there. My regular yoga teacher at that time didn’t feel comfortable having my continue in her class so I had no choice but to find a pregnancy specific one. There was nothing local to me so I had to travel around 10 miles to get to the nearest class. Some weeks I was just a bit too tired after work to make the drive there and back so I didn’t make it every week and I only really practised at home occasionally. It still really helped me to feel healthier and more energetic and I did still have a little pelvic pain but nowhere near as badly as first time around.

When I became pregnant third time around I decided to make a concerted effort to do some yoga more regularly. I had completed my Pregnancy Yoga teacher training so I knew I could practice safely at home on my own. It made a huge difference! In those early days of pregnancy when I was feeling shattered and nauseous all day every day yoga helped to ease those symptoms and make me feel more energetic. Just a short 10 or minutes of practice would lift my mood, increase my energy levels and ease the nausea. Fantastic!

As a result i have done a little bit of yoga most days. Sometime just 5 minutes here and there and other days lots more. My regular yoga teacher was also pregnant and so totally happy and comfortable for me to continue with classes (thanks Lucy Kite!). I was also teaching my mum and baby yoga and pregnancy yoga classes regularly too so I was getting plenty of practice in! As a result I’ve felt the most well and the most energetic of all of my pregnancies. I feel strong and healthy and have had far less trouble with the usual pregnancy niggles, pains and aches. I have slept soo much better this time around too despite having a bigger bump and I’ve had no pelvic pain this time so far.

Ultimately I think being healthier and maintaining any kind of regular exercise throughout pregnancy can benefit you enormously. The great thing with yoga is that its gentle enough for it to be safe throughout pregnancy and can easily be altered and adjusted so that you still get a good work out that builds strength and tone but without straining you or hurting baby. It has also been a lovely way for me to find time each day to connect with my growing baby despite the pressures of a very busy life with two other children.

I’m taking some time away from teaching for a few months in order to focus on our new baby and settling in to life as a mother of three but I’m already feeling excited and energised to share what I’ve learned with lots of other pregnant mums very soon!

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Baby Sleep Aids

Most little babies can be rocked or soothed to sleep by their mummy or daddy without too much trouble but being able to put them down happily can be a tricky business!

Of course this can be wear babywearing comes in and there have been many occasions where I have popped my clingy or nap refusing baby into a sling so that they can get some restorative rest and i can get some jobs done. The thing is there are still some occasions where you just need to be able to put your little one down. Maybe to have a shower, or to eat a bowl of soup.

There are a number of soothing aids out there and over the years we seem to have acquired quite a lot of them. Interestingly when talking to the parents in my baby classes there seems to be one clear winner for the most effective. Have you tried any? Have they worked?  Continue reading

Book a Baby Massage or Yoga course for January 

Plan yourself some cosy relaxation time with your baby in a lovely warm room with a cuppa and friendly a chat included.

All classes are relaxed,supportive and welcoming. Only wooden, homemade and natural material toys are provided.

Why not give yourself something to look forward to?

Upcoming course dates:
Breaston Scout Hut

Yoga – Friday 8th January 12pm

Massage – Friday 8th January 1:30pm

To book your baby’s place email Chilledbeansbaby@outlook.com for details.

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Gift Vouchers are available on request.

Benefits of baby yoga and massage

Benefits of Infant Yoga

Baby yoga promotes tummy time and active play for babies in the form of swings and dips which help to develop baby’s proprioceptive and vestibular systems. The use of songs during yoga practice helps to develop baby’s sense of rhythm and promotes language development and communication between mother and baby. In addition, the release of endorphins in both mother and baby’s body can help to promote relaxation and wellbeing.

Baby yoga shares some of its benefits with baby massage. The main difference between the two disciplines is that baby yoga stimulates baby’s senses through a variety of different stimulus; movement, touch, song, and stretching. Stretches can help relieve colicky pains and wind. The movements in baby yoga complement the movements in baby massage. A combination of both provides the infant’s digestive system with a high degree of support. As with baby massage baby yoga can help to settle babies and improve their sleep patterns. It can also enhance communication between the parent and baby by providing special time together. Babies enjoy the close physical contact with parents and are soothed by many of the poses. Baby yoga shares many of its benefits with baby massage.

Yoga and massage can bring relief to a number of conditions suffered by babies which can cause them to be uncomfortable during the first months of life and beyond.

Relief from colic and wind is an important benefit of baby massage and yoga. Massage tones the digestive tract, expels wind from the body,breaks down large air bubbles and speeds myelination between the nerve cells in the stomach and the brain making the digestion of food and elimination of waste more efficient. Yoga stretches help massage the abdomen and facilitate the expulsion of air from the bowel.

Infant massage can also bring relief of teething pain by massaging the mouth and gums and ease colds and congestion by helping to drain the nasal passages of mucus. Yoga can help encourage babies to practice deep belly breathing.

Yoga and massage are very important for aiding relaxation and reducing stress both for the parent and the baby. Our bodies naturally produce a group of hormones (cortisols) which help us to quickly raise blood pressure, increase heart rate and prepare muscles for movement when the body is under threat. These hormones are a very important part of helping us to function effectively and survive. Without them helping us to react to the threat of danger our bodies would not be able to react quickly enough to avoid harm. ACHT (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, ACTH, corticotropin), is a cortisol hormone responsible for helping to create many new nerve to brain connections and so it is important in creating intelligent and new responses to our environment however when the levels of ACHT become too high however then the negative effects of stress can be felt.

When you massage or touch a baby during baby yoga, the baby’s body produces oxcytocin which is the calming hormone of love . These hormones help to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body and therefore help to lower blood pressure and heart rate and improve appetite. Prior to birth a baby’s body is flooded with adrenalin and cortisol which helps to prepare the baby for birth. After a baby is born, the levels of adrenalin in the baby’s bloodstream may be excessively high, particularly if it has had a difficult birth which may cause the baby to feel stress. Massage and yoga help can to lower the levels of adrenalin and cortisol and increase oxytocin helping the baby to feel more comfortable more quickly.

Massage can help babies and adults sleep better………

Its true! Massage has been shown to help muscles relax more efficiently which helps baby breathe more deeply and achieve a better quality of sleep.

Regularly touching and stroking your baby reduces the stress hormone cortisol but increases melatonin and the super special oxytocin.

Therefore incorporating massage in a bedtime routine can help baby to calm down and relax ready for sleep.

We used to massage our biggest bean every night after her bath. I enjoyed that quiet time together and I think she did too. Now that we have two little ladies to sort out at bedtime it can be difficult to find time to massage them both every night so it’s more of a treat or something we do if either child has had a bad/stressful day. My three yr old tends to prefer bedtime yoga nowadays but she does sometimes ask for a massage while she reads her book though. 

At each massage class that I’ve attended with my own children or taught to others most of the babies have had a feed and then a good snooze afterwards. I’ve fallen asleep during of plenty of relaxing massages myself too!!

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