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  • Get in the swim. Working out in the water is wonderful for both of you. You'll enjoy feeling weightless after all those months of feeling huge, and she'll enjoy the simple act of splashing her tiny hands. And exercising with baby in the water is simple — you can use your baby as a weight by holding her beneath the arms and lifting her up, then lowering her back into the pool; or, get a pint-sized "boat" (make sure it's safe) she can float in while you do your thing next to her.

    While you exercise with baby, avoid forcing any poses or moves to prevent injury to you or your little exercise buddy. While exercise for mom offers many benefits, including reduction of anxiety, stress and likelihood of postpartum depression, the opportunity to bond when you exercise with your newborn is a bonus from which you both benefit.

  • Exercise for mom doesn't have to involve a class or an instructor. Sneak in exercise with baby by doing lunges to lull your little one off to dream land. Raise and lower your baby into the air for an ab and arm workout. Or do sit-ups in a game of peek-a-boo with your little darling in your lap to make exercise with baby fun for you both.

    Join a "mommy and me" class. The ultimate in exercising with baby! Check your local Y or newspaper, or look online for classes in your neck of the woods.

    Exercise Overview

    You can give your baby a great start in life by helping him/her gain physical development skills.  There are many exercises you can do with your baby.  I have listed some references below for you to turn to.  You may wish to check with your baby's doctor before starting an exercise program.   It is very important to do the exercises safely and correctly.  Carefully read the instructions in the book you choose to refer to and you will have an enjoyable time with your little one. 

    Exercise Books for Babies

    • Baby Steps: Exercises for Baby's First Year of Life by Susan Fox
    • Suzy Prudden's Exercise Program for Young Children: 4 weeks to 4 years by Suzy Prudden
    • Teaching Your Child Basic Body Confidence by Patty Carmichael Gerard with Marian Cohn
    • Baby Yoga by Francoise Barbira Freedman
    • Amazing Babies: Essential Movement for your Baby in the First Year by Beverly Stokes
    • How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb: Birth to Age 6 by Glenn Doman


    Susan Fox, author of Baby Steps wrote: "Babies who practice physical skills improve their strength, balance, coordination, visual abilities, dexterity, and even listening skills and memory -- and infants who master these basic skills will be stronger, better coordinated, more self-confident, and possibly even smarter."
     
     

  • Of course you want to get back into shape — and of course, finding time to work out can be next to impossible with junior (adorably) monopolizing your time. One way to get back into the fitness swing is to start exercising with baby. Here, some simple ideas on moving your butt (and whittling down your belly) with your little one at your side.

10 Fun Exercises to Do with Your Baby | Parenting

: Yup! Your old friend Kegel — who helped you get your pelvic floor in shape for delivery — can help those muscles recover faster now that you're ready to exercise after baby. In fact, you can resume the Kegel madness within 24 hours of delivery (though you may not be able to feel yourself doing them at first). For best results (and a better love life), keep your relationship with Kegels up for the rest of your life. Just think, there may be scores of women doing their Kegels with you in the supermarket, at the office, on the bus.…