Body Moving for Toddlers

Most of you probably already know a lot of the benefits of babywearing for both Mama (or other wearer) and Baby.

If you are like me you probably wear your baby/toddler a lot of the time which makes it easy to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. I mean, just wearing them while you are doing the dishes or folding the laundry will give your core a good strength building workout (and while your at it why not through in a few squats and leg lifts here and there). Going up and down the stairs of your 4th floor walk up apartment a few times a day will also burn off more of those extra calories than you would if you weren’t wearing your little one. Taking a walk to to the park while wearing your baby or toddler is a much more intense workout for your body than if you were simply rolling them along in a stroller.

leg liftsNow that Kayla is a toddler she truly has become a fan of moving her body…not just running around like most children do but from the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night there are many requests to do the “DD” (DVD) or “Yo-iee Ga Ga (Yoga). When I do put one of these on she jumps right up, while dragging my yoga mat into place, and starts doing many of the moves. She loves it! And so do I….it’s such a joy to see her using her body and figuring out how it all works. Each day it seems like she miraculously has a new move down pat. But I’m sure her little brain was working on it all night long which is why we might be losing a little more sleep lately.

Many of the Mama’s that are using The Babywearing Workout™ have told me that their toddlers love to do it right along side of them. Even pointing to the DVD player, TV or Computer and requesting Mama get to work and start doing her “Mama Bop”. And so we are creating Mama’s “Little” Personal Trainers….for now. But in the long run they will be their own little personal trainers with an ingrained love of moving their bodies.

So what I’m getting at here is that in addition to all of the other amazing benefits of babywearing this is teaching them an invaluable lesson about healthy living. They are learning, by example and participation, that incorporating exercises into their daily routines can be easy and fun at the same time. Learning this kind of a lesson long before they are even crawling, I would have to say, is one way to help keep them from joining the staggering and heartbreaking statistics of childhood obesity that we are struggling to fight here in the USA. What better way to help ensure that our next generation won’t be part of those other horrifying statistics that they may not outlive their own parents than by babywearing!

What kind of exercises or “Body Moving” does your Little One like to do?

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Comments

  1. says

    This is the perfect workout to get you moving again after pregnancy. It helped me get my hip joints back in place as well!!!i feel so much better after doing these moves.

  2. says

    Love this workout! My little one and I have so much fun and enjoy our bonding time together. I have so much more energy and feel so healthy since I am able to work out and meet the nees of my little one at the same time.

  3. Minion Momma says

    This is a great and fun workout! DS is always happy to get in the carrier, laughs when we start, and is asleep by the time we are done! I love wearing my baby, and I love this workout!

  4. says

    When I first started babywearing, I never thought that at 14 months my daughter would still be so content with it. TBWW has been so motivational. I look forward to when my own little personal trainer requests yoga like Kayla!

  5. Sarah Curran says

    I love babywearing, it has really taken over my life in a good way! I have yet to try the babywearing work out but would love to win the dvd and get started!

  6. amber says

    I am so excited to try out this workout with my 20 month old. I have been slacking in the workout department since she was born.. time to start getting my body back!

  7. Sarah Evangelista says

    I’m excited to find a way to exercise with little ones. It’s hard because I usually just end up being a jungle gym for them!

  8. Sarah says

    I love this… I do try to incorporate activity into mine and my children’s daily lives so they will grow up healthy.

  9. Patty H. M. says

    I love to wear my baby and I so want the DVD for the baby wearing workout. With a 2 year old and a 4 month old, I have to wear the baby so that my toddler doesn’t try to pick her up while I workout. 😉

  10. Rachel says

    I haven’t been doing the workout yet, but I like moving with my babe…. I hope she will like it too and that it will show her that it’s important to move and be active… :) Great blog post by the way! It’s inspiring!!! :)

  11. Michelle Green says

    My kids love to do yoga with me, but watching my toddler is SO adorable! I love the concept of guided exercise with babywearing. Expecting #4 and it becomes harder and harder to get the exercise and care for the kids. Today was a 4 mile walk with a 30 pound kid on my back – I would love to incorporate a “routine” and get more than walking in with the kiddos.

  12. Lori G says

    I’d love to have this! I just had my 7th baby 3wks ago today. We are a baby wearing family. I have 24lbs left to lose out of 47 gained in pregnancy, plus 10 gained ttc.

  13. says

    Before pregnant, I always workout at the gym, now that I’ve toddler, I haven’t been back anymore. This would be the right way to do exercise, with my beloved daughter 😀
    Thank you for doing this. Such a great thing!

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