Working out with your baby is a great way to combine playtime and exercise. Exercise is important during the postpartum period as you reintegrate your core, and these moves can be a fun way to get baby smiling. You can always count as you repeat, and tell your baby what you are doing to expose them to new words!
Note: Only exercise once cleared with a doctor. Most of these moves are appropriate for a baby that can support their head on their own (4 months+).
Squat to Press – With legs hip distance and holding your baby, perform a squat. As you lift up, squeeze your glutes and lift your baby up above your head. Encourage baby to laugh and smile. Bring baby down to your chest as you squat down. If your arms get tired, hold your baby to your chest as you continue.
Russian Twists – Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Lean back to a 45-degree angle, until you feel your abs engage. Holding your baby above your stomach, and twist from side to side, letting their feet tap the ground on either side of you.
Bouncy Seat Crunch – Place baby in a bouncy seat in between your legs. Lie back, and as you crunch up, reach for baby. Make a funny face at the top, and slowly roll back down.
Bridge Pose – Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Let your baby sit on your stomach or between your hip bones. Lift your hips up 6-8 inches off the ground, squeeze your inner and outer thighs at the top, and slowly lower. This pose is great for the pelvic floor and the baby’s weight is an added challenge.
Tummy Time Leg Lifts – Place your baby on their tummy on a blanket. Lie on your side next to them. As they practice lifting their head, perform leg lifts with your upper leg, which helps to tone the outside of your thighs and waistline. Complete 20 reps before lying on your other side.
Downward Facing Dog – Flip baby to their back. Come to a plank over your baby with your hands shoulder width apart, about 8 inches above their head. Lift your hips up and back to downward facing dog stretch. Now your face should hover above your baby’s face. Feel a long stretch down the backs of your legs. Bend your knees to give baby a kiss, and then straighten.