20 June 2023
Taking your little one to a baby yoga class can be a great experience for both of you. It can help strengthen your bond, relax you and strengthen muscles. But you may be wondering when you can get started - read on for more information.
The first thing you should consider is your baby's age. Most classes are designed for babies who are at least six weeks old and some are for three months plus. Generally, providers require that your baby has had their six week health check before attending. If you gave birth via caesarean, you may have to wait longer before yoga is safe for you. At six weeks old, your baby should be able to hold their head up for short periods. Classes at this age will be very gentle and help your little one build strength and coordination.
Before signing up for a class, make sure you understand the requirements. They usually have a recommended or mandated age range, as well as other requirements such as being able to hold your baby and participate in the class. Some classes may require that your baby be able to hold their head up on their own. You may need to bring your own mat or other props, so be sure to ask about this ahead of time. If you can’t find all the information you need online, give the provider a call.
Classes can vary greatly in format, so it's important to know what to expect before you go. Some classes may focus more on yoga poses and breathing, while others may focus on massage and relaxation. There may also be a mix of both. It's a good idea to ask the studio or instructor about the class format before you sign up, to make sure it's the right fit for you and your baby.
When choosing a yoga class, you should ensure that the teacher is experienced and knowledgeable. Check for reviews or testimonials from other parents. A good instructor will be able to adjust the class to meet the needs of your little one and be able to provide modifications if necessary.
When your baby starts crawling and moving around a lot, they may be too old to gain the benefits of baby yoga classes, which aim to help infants gain the strength and coordination to move independently. However, some providers do offer follow-on classes for babies who are crawling or starting to walk, and you can of course carry on using the techniques you’ve learned at home.
When deciding what age to take your baby to yoga, there are a few things to remember. By taking the above tips into account, you can ensure that your baby enjoys their yoga class and reaps all of the benefits that come with it.