How to soothe your baby and get fit at the same time

| January 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

coachesWhen my first daughter was born, I discovered quickly how to soothe her when she was crying or fussy.  Like most babies, she was soothed by rocking, bouncing, and walking.  She also liked to be held (what baby doesn’t) and she wasn’t fond of the swings.  I discovered a few ways to keep her comfortable and help her to sleep while burning calories at the same time.  Here are a few of these methods – let me know if you try them out with your munchkins and how it worked:

  1. Hold baby tight and bounce gently on an exercise ball.  This worked the best with my firstborn and we’re doing this now with my 6 week old.
  2. Hold baby close to you supporting his/her head and step up and down off a step.  I use a Reebok step but the first step on a staircase would work as well as walking up and down stairs.
  3. Standing on a BOSU and bouncing gently (great for core and balance!), march or step up and down off the BOSU.
  4. Lastly, my favourite – walking.  Around the house, outside in the yard, or for longer stretches with baby in a sling, baby carrier or stroller.

When carrying baby in any of these positions, try to focus on good posture.  Relax your shoulders, alternate sides or keep baby at the midline of your body.  Note if you’re favouring one side or feeling aches or pains from holding your baby awkwardly and try to alternate positions or adjust so that you can maintain good upright posture.  Take breaks if you’re feeling tight and sneak in some neck stretches to keep shoulders down and relaxed.

When Georgia is a little older, I’ll be incorporating her into my workouts as I did with Rayne.  Once she has sufficient neck control, we’ll be doing squats, presses, bridges and more.

It’s a great way to bond with baby and get your workout in as well.

In the meantime, I’ll keep bouncing, stepping and walking!

 

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Fitness, Wellness

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Sarah is a Certified Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist, Group Fitness Instructor and Mother of 2. She is the creator of the Prenatal and Postnatal Strength Workout DVD (available at www.sarahzahab.ca) as well as co-created the Elemental Workout®. Sarah owns Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance with her husband, John (www.continuumfitness.ca), a personal training studio in Westboro, Ottawa offering one on one coaching as well as group classes. Sarah is a former international fitness competitor and has been a nationally ranked race walker.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    There are some great ideas and tips,thanks for sharng

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