Over the last six months, I’ve been tediously working on a project for all the moms here at Vaulter Fit. I’m so excited to announce that today is the launch day for Babywearing Workouts! This workout guide is a 30 page eBook filled with 12 different workouts that you can do while wearing your precious little babe. PLUS, there’s one bonus workout at the end called Mommy and Me “Unwrapped” that is made to be done without a baby carrier.
How did I get into babywearing?
Our little girl was a relatively easy baby in the beginning, but there were still times when we spent hours walking around the apartment, shushing and soothing our fussy baby. We searched for ways to calm her down and get her to sleep (the oven fan was a life saver!), but we kept thinking there had to be a better way that we were missing.
I was part of a breastfeeding support group where I heard some of the moms talk about babywearing, which piqued my interest. One of my friends invited me to join a Facebook group for babywearing and that’s what really got me interested. My husband and I bought an Ergo baby carrier to give this babywearing thing a try. We used it to take a few walks every now and then, but we had to use an infant insert and it just didn’t seem that comfortable with such a little baby.
Finally, when my baby girl was almost three months old, I bought my first woven wrap and I was hooked on babywearing. Wrapping her allowed me to mimic the environment of the womb, which helped soothe her. Plus, it gave my tired arms a break from carrying around a baby all the time. I also love the way it allows me to get things done without feeling like I’m neglecting my daughter. I now enjoy several different carriers for different occasions (I actually love my Ergo now that my daughter is older), but they all allow me to keep my baby close as I stay active.
Working out with baby & a few words of caution
Wearing your baby not only helps you two bond, but it also helps you get back in shape. Carrying the extra weight of your baby will burn extra calories and help you get rid of any unwanted fat you stored during pregnancy.
Immediately after birth
Most moms can start babywearing shortly after birth, which can help make your babies transition to the outside world a little easier. Before you start wearing your baby, however, you should check with your doctor to make sure your body is ready to handle a little extra weight. If you had a difficult delivery or a c-section, you may need to wait several weeks before your body is ready to carry your little one.
0-12 weeks postpartum
For the first several weeks postpartum, babywearing alone should be all the workout you need. You don’t want to push yourself too hard too soon after having a baby. Your pelvic floor muscles have undergone an intense experience and may suffer from bruising, swelling, and soreness for several weeks after you have your baby. You might still have a gap in your abdominals (a common condition called diastasis recti) and you don’t want to put any extra strain on them until they are back together. Walking is a great way to stay active without putting unnecessary strain on your body at this time, and it can easily be done while wearing your new little babe. During these first several weeks, your baby will grow and gain weight, making you stronger simply by continuing your babywearing journey.
8-12 weeks+ postpartum
Depending on your pre-pregnancy fitness level and your level of activity during pregnancy, you may start to feel like your old self again between 8-12 weeks. After you feel like you are back to normal and your doctor has cleared you to begin exercising again, this is a great time to start to workout with your baby. It’s important to take it easy when you are just getting back into it, especially if you weren’t very active during your pregnancy. Always listen to your body. This is not a time to push through the pain.
The Babywearing Workouts Guide
The Babywearing Workouts Guide is a great way to get back in shape once you are ready. It gives you 12 workouts of varying intensities – low, medium, and high. So whether you are an avid exerciser or you just want to lose a little baby weight, these workouts will be challenging but doable. They are easily adjustable by increasing or decreasing the repetitions of the exercises to accommodate your current fitness level.
It’s easy to come up with excuses to avoid working out. I can’t find a babysitter. I don’t have time. I don’t want to leave my baby. I can’t go out in public with my hair looking like this! Babywearing Workouts eliminates those excuses! Most of these workouts can be done around your house with little to no equipment. And since you are wearing your baby, there’s no need to find a babysitter so you can go spend an hour or more at the gym. All you need is 20-30 minutes and you’re good to go!
When you workout with your baby, you will be doing so much more than just exercising. You will be creating a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for your child to learn about the surrounding world, while also promoting a healthy attachment and bond to you. It’s also a great way to get in the habit of including your child in your fitness activities rather than leaving them at the gym daycare or with a babysitter. It’s the first step to creating a family with healthy habits!
Get your copy of Babywearing Workouts for only $19.99 HERE!