One night, I walked in the door from work to find my partner on the floor, on his back, holding our giggling 6-month-old baby on his knees as he did leg lifts. It was cute, it was endearing, and it's how I learned what can happen when you work out with your baby. “You really have to try this,” my partner told me, promising this new type of baby-involved work out was a great for building core strength. And I couldn't deny that, yeah, he was probably onto something.
Turns out, there are numerous benefits to working out with your baby. Kristin McGee, Peloton Yoga Instructor and Pilates trainer who regularly worked out with her own three boys, spoke to Romper about the pros of recruiting your little one as a workout buddy.
Of course, McGee says parents should prioritize their baby's safety when planning a workout. "Check the weather if you're working out outside. Don't use heavy weights around your baby," she tells Romper. "Think more about yoga poses you can do, or wear them as you do your lunges or warriors."
There can also be safety considerations for you. Check with your doctor about when it's safe to start working out postpartum. "For moms with diastasis recti (split of the rectus or top layer of abs), avoid certain poses like crunches or anything that can make your DR worse," McGee says.
As long as you keep safety in mind, and are cleared for physical activity, there are many benefits to working out with your baby, whether you go to a Mommy and Me fitness class, incorporate your baby into your existing routine, or just play with your baby in ways that keep fitness in mind.