We have a dog, and I spend a lot of time outdoors, walking in the park. It’s a great opportunity to mull over things that are on my mind. And now I have a baby it’s usually a fail-safe way of ensuring he takes a morning nap (it doesn’t work so well in the afternoon!).
The park is also a great place to do a bit of yoga, especially during the day when it’s less crowded and there’s plenty of space.
I wanted to share a technique you can easily do while out with your baby in his or her pram or stroller. I call it the ‘peepo forward bend’.
It is guaranteed to make your baby giggle whilst being a great stretch for your hamstrings, and good for strengthening your lower back area.
If you have any lower back problems please have a chat to your doctor before trying this or any similar poses.
With both hands around your pram handle, take a big step backwards. Stand with your feet roughly hip-distance apart. Making sure you aren’t going to knock your forehead on the pram handle, bend from the hips and fold forward until your back is parallel to the ground.
You can have a bend in your knees if your legs are tight. This is a lovely stretch in itself, great for your legs but I also like the way it stretches out your shoulders.
From here look forward and raise your head, neck and shoulders just enough that your face pops over the pram handle and ‘peepo’!
As long as you’re making eye contact with your baby this usually gets a big grin.
You can repeat this as many times as you like, as long as the giggles keep coming!
The ‘peepo’ technique is simple and effective – I haven’t failed to get a smile from my little one yet and I hope you get the same success!