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Lil Tip: Bouncing Balls

You've probably seen the birthing videos of laboring women using large exercise balls as a prop to help them through contractions. When I went into labor, I sat on the bad boy hoping for relief. Unfortunately, it gave me the opposite sensation.

However, I found a better use for the bouncing tool. During one of my early-morning feedings, I sat on the ball for a change of pace and quickly found that my newborn loved to be bounced to sleep. Sometimes it was the only cure for her fussing. My husband and I have been preaching to new parents about the importance of an exercise ball ever since. So far, all our friends' tots are fans. And, it doesn't hurt that mommy gets a little glute and hamstring workout at the same time!

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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Wow I'll have to remember that for if/when we have one more.
Celebrity Celebrity 8 years
Katie loved the bouncing from the ball. it was what got us through some fussy nights when she was a newborn. As for using it during contractions - worst feeling ever for me.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I can't use it because it kills my back, but I often recommend it to others since I've heard such great things about it.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
We use one as an office chair, it is very comfortable!
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
Now that's a great idea! I didn't use it to put my dd to sleep or for birth, but while pregnant you could not get me off of it- I LOVED it for opening up my legs and pelvis. I'll have to remember this one!
rgrl rgrl 8 years
That was a magic sleeping method for my son who was colicky.
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