One of the recent "trends" in the babywearing world is the fitness or dance class that parents participate in while babywearing. Keeping your baby close while working out with other parents sounds like a great idea, right? It checks all the boxes: fun fitness activity, socialization, baby is cared for. Your baby was accustomed to your movements throughout pregnancy, so it makes sense to dance with your baby after he's arrived. If this type of class sounds intriguing, then here are some general guidelines that you may want to keep in mind:
These are only a brief summary of things to consider. A qualified instructor may provide more guidance for your specific activity and body. Not all of these suggestions may work for every class, every baby, and every wearer, so trust your qualified instructor, and consult with your local babywearing educators if needed.
Hopefully these safety suggestions help you enjoy the experience of moving with your baby! Yes, you are getting a workout but ultimately you are sharing a special time with your baby and connecting with him through movement. Have fun!
(This post was written with input from Shayna Rose of www.ShaynaFitness.com.)
Beth. The babywearing lady.
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