In the next set give some push-ups a try. Lie the baby down on their back on a mat and do the push-ups over them. You can add a baby toy around your neck to keep the babe’s interest if you need to but usually the little one will be quite entertained by you going up and down over their face. After 15 or so push-ups, you can certainly do them from your knees if you prefer, try a high plank, with straight arms, over the babe. The toy may be appealing for this. The baby playing with the toy around your neck will keep you in the plank position longer. Lifting one leg in the plank will add intensity. To get another ab workout, try sitting with the baby resting their back against your thighs. Lift your feet so you are in a “V-sit”. Bend your knees in toward your chest and extend them out. The weight of the little one will certainly add intensity. This exercise really got some giggles from the babe which kept mom going longer. Nothing like giggles from a baby to bring a smile to everyone’s face!
These few basic exercises not only help mom get back in shape and dad or grandparents to bond with the little one, they also pacify the babe, especially while in the “Bjorn” and a sleeping baby may be the result. If parents are looking for a longer more difficult workout, just leave the babe with the grandparents. From what I see, most, like us, are more than willing to spend time with the little ones. Keep fit and spend time with your babe!