Sleep is something I haven’t had in about five years. More nights than not, I’m bouncing from room to room at 3am. Cuddling, shoosh-ing, escorting to the bathroom, and getting annoyed that the husband snores right through it all. Hello. You’d think he would join me and the kids on our middle of the night escapades. Honestly though, my kids become “mommy kids” at night. Anyhow, I can’t say now that it’s all that bad. Ella knows that on school nights 8pm is bedtime and she’s usually pretty compliant. She has her snack and reads her books and off to dreamland she goes. Ethen is three years-old, he goes in at 7:30pm and he’ll usually sleep right on through until 7am. (Although daylight savings has been keeping him up a bit longer. I think he gets confused when I rally him up for night night and the sun is blazing through his bedroom window.)
Not too long ago though, I was a mom of two kids under two and night-time and nap time and any other time involving fussy, crying babies was always a challenge. That was, until I discovered a great yoga technique for getting my wee little ones to zonk out. It’s perfect for newborns through about one year. So if you’re a new mommy and are having a difficult time getting your precious one to calm down and go nighty night, pay attention. Divine Drops Pose might just be your saving grace. It was definitely mine.
An excerpt from one of my absolute favorite mommy and baby books, Itsy Bitsy Yoga by Helen Garabedian:
A Magic Pose
Divine Drops activate my calming reflex and soothe me in a jiffy! Divine Drops are easy to do with me at anytime and almost anywhere – especially when I am fussy or in a colicky mood.
- Stand with your feet more than hip distance apart.
- Hold your baby facing you with her legs pressed into your abdomen. Place your right hand underneath her hips and lower back, and use your left hand to support your baby’s neck and the back of her head. Her legs are being fully or partially supported as they snuggle into your body.
- Turn your toes out to the sides at a 45 degree angle as you prepare to squat.
- Inhale, filling your lower abdomen, chest, and arms completely with breath.
- Exhale as you bend your knees and quickly drop down into a wide squat while continuing to hold your baby.
- On your next inhale, press your feet into the floor and lift yourself and your baby back up into the starting stance.
Repeat 3-10 times and as often as needed throughout the day and night.
photo by: Fit Pregnancy
Variation pose: If your baby becomes addicted to this pose and you become too tired doing it (like at 2am), you can try holding and supporting your baby as you gently bounce on an exercise ball. I used to do this with Ella as well and it worked!
***Always remember to keep your baby’s head in place and supported at all times!***
I hope this works for you!
Here’s to a good night’s sleep.