A yoga ball
A yoga ball has many names. It can be referred to as a stability ball, exercising ball, balance ball, birthing ball, etc. Whatever you like to call it, make sure you have one of these miracle workers at home!
One of my all-time favorite tips for new parents is by far: Get a yoga ball! What most people don’t realize, is that a yoga ball can make a huge difference in so many ways. There’s the obvious use as exercise equipment. It’s great for a vigorous workout but also gentle exercise when you want to get back in to shape post-delivery. It can help fidgety people concentrate. It’s good for your back, posture and balance. It is also incredibly useful for expecting mothers and preparing for giving birth. But it is magical for soothing a restless baby!
Pregnancy and giving birth
Pregnancy can literally be a pain in the back. Sitting, bouncing or rocking on a yoga ball can help ease the pain. While expecting our first born, I religiously attended a pregnancy yoga class. We were taught that all circles are good for both mother and baby, i.e., moving in a circular motion for example while sitting on a yoga ball. This helps relax tensed up pelvis muscles, and possibly even aid a breached baby getting into the correct position and place. If you’re pregnant, I warmly recommend to give it a try; sit on the ball and move your pelvis in circles on top of the ball. A lot of birthing hospitals also provide yoga balls to ease contraction pain.
Soothing a restless baby
The greatest benefit of a yoga ball, however, in my opinion, is it’s magical way of soothing a restless baby and helping the baby fall asleep.
If the baby is fussy because of gas, this is your go-to trick.
Hold your baby upright leaning towards your shoulder, sit on the ball and bounce away (remember to steady the baby’s head!). Now we’ve tried this technique on a numerous amount of babies, both our own, and ones belonging to our friends and family, and so far, it has been a success every time. Oh and remember to have a burp cloth on your shoulder just in case.. Quite often, you can actually feel the gas bubbles move around inside your baby once you start bouncing, and the gas exits from one or the other end, providing a lot of relief for the fussy little one. Alternatively you can cradle your baby in your arms, and just like previously, start bouncing. Usually, within a matter of minutes, the baby will be fast asleep!
Yoga balls can be purchased in pretty much any sports store or larger store selling exercise equipment. You can also order one online here!