Working Out with Baby: A Family Affair

 

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Family Nature Walks

Being a parent requires a certain kind of resourcefulness. And when it comes to exercise, as active parents, we can tap into that creativity and think outside the box. Living a healthy, energetic lifestyle doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym each day. So, how can we get our workout in, while at the same time making sure our little one is having fun too?

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Creative Workouts with Baby!

Here are some practical ideas to try out on your family:

  • Go for a walk at least once a day: if your baby is just learning to walk, you can alternate the stroller and walking, or wear your baby; watch for landmarks, or animals, or anything you can think of to engage your child (and yourself) as you go. Wear leg weights if you want to take it up a notch.
  • House party: Dance around the house to your favorite tunes; this is not only stress relieving and fantastic exercise, but a bonding experience. You may even pick up some new moves from your toddler!
  • Work in the yard: Kids adore dirt, so let them dig and pull weeds while you do the more intensive labor.
  • Chores around the house: integrate exercises into daily chores such as stepping up and down on your stool while dusting, or doing a different yoga position in each room of the house. Your toddler can try to do some of these as well. Post exercises on the fridge each week and try to complete them all.
  • When you’re at the playground: Find a bar and do some pull ups; look around and see what else you can come up with while having a grand old time with your baby.
  • Plan active playdates such as walking around the zoo with friends or going on a hike. Check out our eco-friendly infant activewear that will keep your baby dry and comfy while playing their heart out!
  • Play like a toddler: Get down to your child’s level and mimic their actions. They will love it and you will most likely get a good workout in!

Children emulate their parents, and we are inspired by our babies to be the best we can be. Showing our kids, from infancy on, how to be fit, strong, inventive and motivated, is a way of life that enriches the entire family. We hope you are inspired to find new and clever ways to get active with your little adventurers!

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Early Spring Nature Walks With Baby

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Spring is on the way, and in honor of this splendid season, we thought we’d share some ideas for “signs of spring” nature walks with your little adventurer! Your child can use all their senses on a fun jaunt, whether it’s around your neighborhood, on a hike, at the park, or even just in your yard. On a typical spring day, your baby will also need fewer layers—hurray! We recommend our infant activewear, with our natural wicking fabric, which will keep infants and toddlers dry, sweat-free and comfortable. It’s almost time to venture out and hunt for spring! No more sweaty babies!

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What to watch for:

Budding grass, trees and flowers such as daffodils and crocuses: Let your toddler smell, touch and have fun! Our baby clothes are the perfect play clothes for being outdoors and delighting in the dirt and nature.

Birds’ nests: Since the trees aren’t yet in full bloom, it should be easier to spot already built nests, and those that are still in process.

Birds singing: Listen closely! Depending on where you live you might hear the House finch, the Fox sparrow or the American robin singing.

Bird migration: In early spring, if you look up, you may see kingfishers, cowbirds, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, mourning doves, or field sparrows.

Butterflies: Keep your eyes peeled, and it’s possible you could catch a glimpse the earliest spring butterflies such as Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma butterflies gliding though cool air.

Bugs such as caterpillars and worms: If worms are not a harbinger of spring, then we don’t know what is! Let your baby observe them for a while.

The earthy smell of spring: One of the best smells and one that can never be replicated…a mixture of grass, dampness, rain and soil. Spend a moment and breathe it in.

Baby animals: Many animals are born in the spring. If you’re lucky, you may discover some in your travels!

Enjoy this wonderful time of new beginnings and growth!