/ The Daisy Foundation with Iwona Mattock

How Daisy Baby Tinies differ from traditional baby massage & baby yoga class?

Daisy Baby Tinies is a weekly postnatal class for all those who are physically recovering from birth and their baby in the ‘fourth trimester’ to help you learn how to use baby massage and movement to aid calming, soothing and connection with your baby. Classes are suitable from approx. 6 weeks old to 5 months old (rolling over).

Daisy Baby Tinies compared to traditional baby massage class:

  • Traditional baby massage usually requires baby to lie on their back for long periods (often up to 1 hour) and is not respectful of 4th trimester needs (the need to be held, moved and the need for containment).
  • Traditional baby massage generally does not give Mum an opportunity to move as Mum is often static and demonstrating poor posture for a large chunk of the class.
  • Traditional baby massage can be over stimulating for some infants.
  • Traditional classes offer very little alternative for Mum – she’s either massaging or she isn’t.
  • Infant massage requires baby to be undressed – something they find difficult during the first 12 weeks.
  • Traditional classes do not utilise the benefits of white noise or the calming reflex.

And compared to traditional baby yoga:

  • Baby yoga can be over stimulating and many moves are not suitable for the first 12 weeks.
  • Less confident Mums can find some of the moves too challenging and preclude themselves from activities.
  • Again, baby yoga often relies on the need for baby to lay supine – something that is difficult in the 4th trimester.
  • Mums are often invited to enjoy movement too, but this can be challenging for Mums who have experienced a C-section or who do not feel physically confident in their body.

How do the Daisy Baby Tinies classes offer additional support?

  • Provides a forum for Mums to meet Mums and to seek mother-to-mother support.
  • Provides an environment sympathetic to baby’s needs in the 4th trimester and class is designed around their needs to be held, moved and ssshhhhh’d.
  • Continuity of care – a feeling of familiarity.
  • Opportunities for Mum to move, to feel confident in her body and to work core stability but in a gentle way (often using just breath work).
  • Opportunities for positive touch between Mum and Baby without the pressure of lengthy massage routines.
  • An opportunity for relaxation.
  • An environment designed to help Mums ease into understanding their baby.
  • Time to digest class activities – repetition gives Mums familiarity.

Hope to see you and your little one in class soon.

Love Iwona x