Baby Yoga Holds

The Kangaroo Hop

Position

  • While standing up, support your baby firmly by cuddling them close to your chest, with one arm.
  • Take their weight with the other hand, by supporting them under the bottom.
  • Have their back against your chest, so that they are facing outwards.

Tips

  • When standing up from the floor, holding your baby, it is important for you to leave them on the mat until you are on your knees, in an upright position:
    • once on your knees, lift your baby from the floor
    • then, bringing one knee up so that your foot is flat on the floor, start to push up, holding your baby close to your chest. Take the weight on your bent leg and straighten up into a standing position.
  • This is a secure hold that can be useful when the baby needs help to calm, if they are fractious.
  • A good hold for both gentle and active standing exercises.
  • As your baby becomes accustomed to this exercise, they may be happy for you to sing a nursery rhyme with more verses, so that the whole experience lasts longer.

Suggested nursery rhyme

Jack, be nimble,

Jack, be quick,

Jack jump over the candlestick.

Benefits

  • Allows your baby to experience different movements and see the world from different perspectives.
  • Performing repetitive movements with a baby strengthens the neural pathways between their brain and their body.
  1. Bend your knees and gently lower your baby towards the floor as if you were squatting.
  2. Then straighten your leg and lift your baby up towards your chest again.
  3. Repeat throughout the rhyme.

Leaping Lion

Position

  • Support your baby by laying them along an arm, facing downwards with their head by your elbow.
  • One arm should support your baby’s weight, while the hand is holding the top of one of their legs firmly.
  • Rest your free hand on their back for extra support.

Tips

  • This is a secure hold that can be useful when your baby needs help to calm, if they are fractious.
  • Start rocking your baby to and fro gently, in time with the rhyme. As they become accustomed to this position and exercise, it may be more fun to swing a little more vigorously so rhymes with a faster beat may help.
  • As your baby becomes used to this exercise, they may be happy for a longer nursery rhyme, so that it lasts longer.

Suggested nursery rhyme

There was one little bird in a little tree,

He was all alone, and he didn’t want to be.

So he flew far away, over the sea,

And brought back a friend to live in a tree.

Benefits

  • Encourages and supports the development of balance and co-ordination.
  1. Throughout  the rhyme slowly walk around, gently swinging your baby to and fro.