Baby Carrier Workout

Carrier-Workout

October is International Babywearing Month 

Hello, beautiful, glorious, Fall! 
The apple orchard and pumpkin patch are calling which means it’s time to dust off your carrier [or sling] and start planning your crews festive fall activities.

October already?
We know.

It seems like just yesterday we were sharing our 6 Must-have Daycare Essentials yet here we are in October.
October is International Babywearing month -- a time to celebrate, promote, and focus our attention to the benefits of baby wearing -- and there are many.

Become a Multitasking Machine

Using a carrier with your babe is ideal for so many reasons.
Our favourite? It allows you to morph into a multitasking machine while also enjoying the bond and benefits of closeness with baby.

There are ONLY 24 hours in a day so using your carrier, wrap, or sling allows you to respond to e-mails, unload the dishwasher, get in a quick workout, or just browse Netflix with the remote in one hand while sipping on something pumpkin spice in the other.

Wait! What?
Did we just say a carrier allows time for a workout?
Indeed, we did! That was not a typo.

Do it all, this Fall

We already know that walking is great cardiovascular exercise but add in the weight of a baby and you will be a calorie burning machine.
Plus, we love the idea of getting in a workout, some 1:1 time with baby, and enjoying nature—all in one shot.

Today, with the help of our friend Tamara Vahn, we are sharing some key exercises that will get you started back on your journey to fitness SAFELY with baby in tow.


The Workout

SQUAT
2 sets of 15 reps 

SUMO SQUAT 
2 sets of 15 reps
A variation on the squat is what we call a sumo squat or a plie squat. This is a great exercise to do if your baby is a little bit longer--that way you've got room for the baby's legs, so you'll take a wider stance. Don’t forget to squeeze your glutes on the way up.
Tamara Vahn, Body By You

SINGLE LEG ABDUCTION
2 sets of 15 reps

SQUAT + LEG ABDUCTION COMBO
2 sets of 10 reps per leg
This is a really great balance challenge. When you are pregnant your center of gravity completely shifts and in the couple of months post, your gravity again completely shifts back...so it’s always testing your balance and this is a great exercise to do for that.
Tamara Vahn, Body By You
CALF RAISE
2 sets of 10 reps

ALTERNATING LUNGE
2 sets of 10 reps

STANDING OBLIQUE CRUNCH
2 sets of 10 each leg

TRICEP DIPS
2 sets of 8-10 reps
Ideally, when you are out and about walking with baby you would do these on a park bench. You could even do these on a big stone... feel free to use your surroundings when exercising.
Tamara Vahn, Body By You

Go ahead, get sweaty!

For this workout we used the ERGObaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier in Onyx Black.  

We love that the OMNI 360 line is super versatile.
It is suitable for use from 7lbs-45lbs-- no infant insert needed.

Other features we love:
Lumbar support? Check!
Easily adjustable from newborn to toddler? Check!
Breathable and lightweight? Check! Check! 


Now that you've got a workout in hand + our carrier recommendations --all that's left to do is enjoy the benefits of a clear mind and quality time with your little pumpkin. 



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