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Settling baby meditation


Sure. We know meditation is top stuff. It’s the key to emotional control, deep acceptance and supreme happiness. Yip. Give me some of that. Except, when-oh-when, in-between all the seemingly constant demands on our person, are we supposed to fit it in mums? In the early mothering days, with little one’s regular wakings, it seems as soon as you collapse onto the couch, the baby monitor starts wailing.

Well next time you hear that, think “YES, now I can meditate!”. Hmm?  Don’t believe us?  Well, check this out, ladies..

  1. Start by taking 3 slow deep breaths and notice your body. Listen to the sound of your breath moving in and out of your nostrils.
  2. If you are standing and rocking your baby you can start to check in with your feet. Feel the weight distribution change as you shift from one side to the other. Which toes can you feel helping you balance? Is your weight on your heels or the balls of your feet? Start to feel the rhythm a bit like a dance.
  3. Then start to check in with your legs. Feel your muscles tense as you sway from one side to the other. Which muscles are you using? Does your body feel even or misaligned?
  4. Slow your breathing. Focus on your exhale and try to extend the length of a soft ‘shshshsh’. Keep focussing on your breath. Accept that this is the most important place you need to be right now. Remember that as you practice this exercise, your slowing heart rate will help to soothe your baby back to sleep. Focus on your ‘shshshsh” sound.

If you find your mind wandering or frustration starting to develop, watch closely without involvement. Gently bring your thoughts back to your breath and the reasons why this practice is so precious.

This meditation works with patting settling too. Instead of focussing on your feet, bring your awareness to your hand and the pressure as it rests on babies body or the bed.

Give it a try. We would love to hear how this mindful meditation for settling baby works for you!