7 Exercises for the Babywearing Parent

August 06, 2018

7 Exercises for the Babywearing Parent

The baby carrier has proven to be the best invention ever for multitasking parents. It is the perfect solution for moms & dads who want to keep baby close while taking care of the myriad items on their to-do. Wearing your baby allows your hands to be free at nearly all times, meaning you can sort laundry, go grocery shopping and take care of older siblings while never neglecting baby. 

If you're on the hyperactive side, you'll find you can not only get your chores done and run errands but you can even exercise with baby in her carrier. Sounds good? Experiment with multiple exercises and have fun doing so. There are infinite possibilities, so you can do some research, play around and find what works best for you and baby.

Babywearing workout

Image: Heidi Powell 

Here are 7 exercises to get you started on your very own babywearing workout. Before you try any of them, be sure your baby carrier fits baby properly and supports baby’s head completely. Feel free to keep a hand on baby at all times while exercising if you need to feel more secure.

 

  1. Squats: With feet spread wider than hip-width apart, exhale to bend the knees and squat down, keeping your spine straight.
  2. Lunges: Holding a chair or wall for balance, step forward with the right foot and dip the left knee down toward the floor, taking care to keep your right in line with your ankle. Return to start position and repeat on the left side.
  3. Side squats: Standing with your feet together, step to the right and bend both knees to squat down, keeping your spine straight. Return to start position and repeat to the left.
  4. Waist TrimmerThis exercise sculpts your core, butt and thighs, with a little arm work too. Stand with your feet wide and your knees and toes facing out.  Extend your arms straight out to the side. Tuck your tailbone under and lower into a squat. At the bottom of your squat, twist from your core to one side and then the other side. Then return to center and rise up from your squat. 
  5. Superwoman: Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, positioning yourself beside a chair or table for balance. Inhale as you lift your right knee up toward your chest and raise both hands up overhead, then exhale as you pull down and back with both hands and step back with the right foot to dip the right knee down toward the ground. Use the chair for balance as needed. Return to starting position and repeat on opposite side. Keep one hand on your baby if you feel more comfortable.
  6. Thigh Burner: Get ready to feel the burn in those quadriceps.  Stand with feet shoulder width apart and lower into a squat. Step your left foot behind you and slow lower your back knee all the way to the ground (make sure you have a mat under your knees for cushion). Then take your right foot back until you are sitting on both knees. Then bring your left foot forward into a lunge position. Slowly raise up to the top of the lunge, then step your right foot back to the front to meet the right ending in a squat. Repeat with the left leg leading trying to stay in the squat position at the top each time.
  7. Helicopter: Standing with feet wider than hip-width apart and arms stretched out straight out to the sides, bend the knees to engage a squat. Then, rotate the trunk to so your right hand is directly in front of you. Return to start position and repeat to opposite side. You can keep the opposite hand on your baby if you feel more comfortable. This is a great core workout and baby usually loves it too!

Be sure to get clearance from your doctor before you start a new fitness routine after baby. 6 weeks post partum for a vaginal birth is about the standard time to wait, being it 8 weeks if you had a c-section. Remember to ease back into exercise, especially when it comes to your abs! 

 




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