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!