The benefits of baby yoga and massage have brought joy to so many parents and babies that have come to our classes. Word of mouth recommendations between parents have supported the natural growth of Bibble & Bubble as we continue to expand across the South Coast and increase our class timetable. But do you know how or why Bibble & Bubble Baby Yoga & Massage started? Megan, Founder of Bibble & Bubble gives us an introduction into how yoga and mindfulness has transformed not only her but many family’s lives.
I have always enjoyed working with and supporting children and families with my journey starting as a nursery nurse and then a nanny for families both in the UK and abroad. I then progressed to a role as a school matron and from there I became a Family Support Officer in London which is where my passion for working closely with mothers and families really ignited, knowing I could make a difference. It was my job to support young mothers, who often came from difficult backgrounds, through their pregnancy, as they prepared for birth, and then help them to develop parenting skills and confidence with their baby, ultimately enabling them to build a more stable future for their family. I have also had the opportunity to work very closely with mums who suffered from post-natal depression.
In all my roles in childcare, I have consistently seen first-hand the positive effects of relaxation techniques in nurturing the connection between mums and babies. The power this can have in helping to overcome even the most difficult of post-natal challenges is quite wonderful. Having witnessed the advantages of these holistic practices, I decided to formally train as a baby and toddler yoga and massage teacher. And that brings me here, to building my business, Bibble & Bubble on my unwavering belief that with the right support, techniques, and encouragement, mums can discover the essence of what it is to truly enjoy their baby in a safe, welcoming and gentle environment.
My Own Personal Experience
My commitment to provide support to new mothers was very much influenced by my own path to motherhood. Before having my own two children, I sadly suffered a series of miscarriages; although an extremely difficult time, I do feel that what I went through shaped my understanding of the challenges, both emotionally and physically, that women can face at every stage of the motherhood journey. This personal experience, combined with my professional training, means that when I enter into the lives of mums and babies, my aim is to lend support and reassurance, without any pre-conception or judgement, regardless of the issues they may face.
At school, I often struggled academically because I have dyslexia and found myself distracted and making my friends laugh in order to compensate. Luckily, I was given an opportunity at a great school who understood my issues, rebuilt my self esteem and supported my growth. This support is something I believe all children should be given, so they don’t get tarred with the brush of simply being ‘naughty’. Yoga and relaxation is a powerful tool for school age children in a generation where screen time is rife and boredom is nearly always replaced with digital entertainment. Giving children the tools they need to be present, self aware and happy in the moment without a screen, is becoming even more essential for our children’s future.
Even as recently as a few years ago, if you shared with someone that you were practicing yoga, meditation or mindfulness, they may not have fully understood, thought you were a bit of a ‘hippy’ or going through a passing phase. But thanks to a better understanding of mental wellbeing and campaigns such as ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ celebrating mindfulness as a highly effective practice, the stigma is finally being broken down. People are now taking a proactive approach to taking care of their mental health and wellbeing with mindfulness skills in particular using popular apps such Headspace and Calm. The earlier in life we have these skills instilled within us to cope with stress, anxiety and often chaotic everyday life, the better society will be at managing with their mental health.