5 Awesome Ways To Work Out With Baby In Carrier

5 Awesome Ways To Work Out With Baby In Carrier

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 Wearing your baby (or toddler) in a baby carrier, whether if that is a ring sling or front/back carrier, is a great opportunity for moms to work on activities that they would not normally be able to do while holding their babies, including exercise. Moreover,  working out while babywearing provides many benefits to both the mom and baby and always proves to be one of the most effective ways for busy moms to get their workout in, while still providing the emotional and physical support that their infant or toddler needs.

Babywearing is a wonderful tool that I was introduced to as a newly postpartum mom. The awesome benefits of working out with my baby, who is now a toddler, in our carrier played a huge roll in creating and maintaining a successful workout routine and also encouraged me to work out as a mom who desired a more intentional approach to motherhood (other than the “hustle while baby sleeps” method).  Wearing my son in the carrier became so essential to my workout routine, that I even created a whole workout plan behind it, “The Blossoming Fitness Busy Mom’s Workout Plan“.

Furthermore, in this post, I am going to be demonstrating and explaining 5 awesome exercises that you can do with Baby in the carrier. You can expect to see videos that will demonstrate how each movement looks, as well as a written tutorial of how to complete each movement correctly, following underneath.

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BABYWEARING EXERCISE 1: SQUAT

Your Stance:

Your stance should be a tad bit wider than one shoulder width apart. You should place your feet wider and your toes pointed out more than you normally do without wearing your baby. As you have an extra body strapped onto you, ( similar to when you were pregnant), you need to make room in the center for that extra body.

How To:

With your slightly wider stance set, slowly lower down to a squat while keeping your knees pressing out and your weight on your heels. Once you lower to a below parallel position, (bottom right below your knees, or as low as you can go with a straight back), press up by pressing through your heels, keeping your knees pressed out, and your chest up. Squeeze your bottom at the top of the squat.

Things To Remember:

  • No “bottoming out” at the bottom of squat; control movement on the way down.
  • Engaging your hip flexors and glutes as you travel back up.
  • Pull up in your pelvic floor on your way up.
  • Squeeze your bottom at the top without hinging your pelvis forward.

BABYWEARING EXERCISE 2: STANDING TOE TAPS

Your Stance:

Stand facing a stable chair. Keep your arms along your sides, or if baby is bouncing to much, wrap your arms around the front of the baby carrier for added support.

How To:

Lift one leg, tap your toe on the seat, bring it back down, and repeat the same steps on your opposite leg.

Things To Remember:

  • Control your posture (ribs forward & abdominal muscles engaged).
  • Go at a speed YOU feel confident at.

BABYWEARING EXERCISE 3: CHAIR DIPS

Your Stance:

Facing away from a chair. Your hands should be placed at the front of the seat and your heels on the ground, in front of you. The further out your heels are, the harder the exercise will be. Make sure Baby is straddling your legs.

How To:

In the correct stance, bend your arms until a 90 degree angle is created with your elbow. Push up from there. 

Things To Remember:

  • Keep your chest up.
  • Do not let your elbows bend past 90 degrees.
  • Use your heels as support as needed.

BABYWEARING EXERCISE 4: STANDING SIDE CRUNCHES

Your Stance:

Your feet should be placed a bit wider than your hips with a slight bend in your knees. Place the opposite hand of the leg you will be lifting on the back of your head, with your elbow pointed out.

How To:

After assuming your wide stance, pull one knee towards your ribcage and the opposite elbow (with the hand that’s placed on your head) towards your knee. Create a small twist in your abdomen while thinking about pulling up in your pelvic floor.

Things To Remember:

  • Be cautious of where your knee is in accordance to your baby.

BABYWEARING EXERCISE 5: ROMANIAN DEADLIFTS

Stance: 

Your feet should be one shoulder width apart with your knees slightly bent. Your arms should be wrapped around the front of your baby for extra support.

How To:

Bend at your hips until your upper body reaches a 90 degree angle with the floor or until you feel your hamstrings engaged and working. Come up by leading with your chest and squeezing your bottom at the top.

Things To Remember:

  • This exercise should only be done if Baby is fully capable of holding his or her own head up.
  • Engage your abdominal muscles as this will help you balance.
  • Take this exercise slow.
  • Keep your back completely flat and stray from any rounding.
  • Squeeze your bottom at the top without hinging your pelvis forward.

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