Guiding your baby through early movement can boost her ability to crawl, walk and sit, according to "Yoga Journal." You and your baby can perform yoga poses together that allow you to bond. The movement also delights your baby. The best age to begin guiding your baby through yoga poses is when she is able to hold her head up -- typically at age 3 to 4 months. Performing yoga poses with your baby several times a week helps her sleep more soundly, eases gas pains and increases body awareness, according to "Itsy Bitsy Yoga."
The Fish pose helps to boost your baby’s circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to his tissues, according to “Itsy Bitsy Yoga.” Place your baby on his back and kneel beside your baby. Place one hand under his back to create a slight arch, where your baby’s shoulders and bottom touch the ground. Using your other hand, gently hold your baby’s feet down. For added engagement, sing to your baby while holding the pose.
The Half Boat
This pose involves both mom and baby and is ideal for younger babies. To begin, hold your baby on your abdomen while you lie on your back. Slowly lift your legs and shoulder blades up to lift your baby from your abdomen to rest on your lower legs. Your baby’s legs can go on either side of yours and her chest can rest on your knees. Hold for three to five seconds, then return your baby to your abdomen and lower your legs and head. Repeat three to fives times.
Shoulderstand from “Itsy Bitsy Yoga” is beneficial in aiding digestion and elimination. To perform, place your baby on his back supported by a carpet or blanket. Kneeling at your baby’s feet, gently grasp his thighs and lift your baby’s legs in the air. His shoulders, neck and head should remain on the floor. Hold from eight to 25 seconds. Watch for signals from your baby that he is ready to change poses, such as arching his back or turning his head. Lower your baby’s legs and repeat one to three times.
Babies can perform this basic yoga exercise with a little help from their parents, according to "Yoga Journal." Downward Dog is best performed by babies at least 5 months of age and can serve as a precursor to walking. To begin, place your baby on her stomach. Slowly lift her buttock in the air to where her weight is on her feet. Depending on her age, your baby may not be able to put her hands on the ground for support. However, as she ages she may be able to create the Downward Dog triangle shape with the feet and hands touching the ground.
- Yoga With Your Baby: Frequently Asked Questions
- "Itsy Bitsy Yoga"; Helen Garabedian; 2004