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Toes-to-Nose and Rolly-O's

Jackson is almost 6-months-old now, and we have become Mommy and Baby Yoga pros! Lucky for us, we've found two great classes that we alternate between. Jane Austin teaches at Yoga Tree Valencia, and Kari Marble teaches at The Mindful Body.

Both teachers are nurturing, inspiring, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I don't know how they do it, but they have brought me to tears when they have said exactly what I needed to hear during my first months with Jackson. I often forget about myself while caring for others, so it's nice to be reminded how important it is to keep my foundation solid and balanced in order to properly care for my family.

In Kari Marble's class, there is always a time for practicing yoga with our babies. As long as Jackson is awake and accepting, it's one of my favorite parts about Mommy and Baby Yoga.

Jackson seems particularly fond of Toes-to-Nose and Rolly-O's. Toes-to-Nose is exactly as it sounds—encourage your baby to bend at the hips by gently folding his legs toward his nose. Jackson grunts if we try to make him bend—it's his way of letting us know that his belly is in the way.

Although his toes have never actually touched his nose, Jackson is very receptive to trying and usually giggles when I say, "Toes-to-Nose!" Rolly-O's are fun to do. Your left hand holds your baby's left ankle and left hand, while your right hand holds your baby's right ankle and right hand. Roll your baby back and forth from side to side, cooing "Rolly-O's!" Make sure your baby's head stays aligned with his/her body. Bigger babies giggle with delight if you speed up the tempo. Of course, you can make your own variation. At home, Cameron likes to sing "Rolly-O's, Polly-O's," while he rocks his little brother, Jackson, back and forth.

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