Receiving mail and parcels is a big part of our day-to-day. Sometimes we’re home and Babe excitedly runs to the door to see what has been delivered. Sometimes the doorbell rings just as Bug has fallen asleep and I get a little frustrated! Other times, we make an outing of getting to the post office to pick up an unknown package.
When Relax-a-bye Baby arrived at our door, Bug had just gone down for his nap (at 1.5 years old I still nurse and rock him to get him to sleep. It’s quite the process). Luckily, his transfer into out family bed is quite smooth. There’s often a carrier lodged beneath him but he doesn’t seem to mind. Once Bug is asleep I’ll nurse or read to Babe. Preferably the latter.
Back to the day that Relax-a-bye Baby arrived at our door. Bug had fallen asleep and I was reaching for a book to read to Babe. Doorbell. Bug didn’t stir. Babe and I ran to receive the package. We opened the envelope and then settle back into bed to read it.
As a mom and yoga teacher, I don’t think I could appreciate this book any more than I do. The beautifully illustrated book walks parents (or older readers) through a full body scan, interjecting positive affirmations for our babes.
“Take another big breath
Let go of the day
Be grateful for everything
That came your way”
Author Mimi Sommers also teachers readers a few Pranayama (breathing) exercises– one of our favourites: Lion’s Breath. We have to be sure not to roar too loudly if we’re reading the book while Bug is asleep.
The first time we read Relax-a-bye Baby: A bedtime guide to help your little one relax and sleep tight, Babe immediately said, Mommy, I want to read this book everyday. We’ve been pretty good at sticking to it. As the author writes in the back of the book, we can read the book over and over until our little one is fast asleep.
Unfortunately, sometimes Papa falls asleep before Babe gets there!
I wish every parent could have a copy of this book. Mimi will give one away to a lucky mamanaturale reader. Just enter below!