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Mommy & Baby Moves: Pilates Rollup

Once your baby starts taking steps forward with your assistance, this is a great move to do! If your baby cannot do this, you can “bounce” him/her to imitate the walking movements. This is modified from a Winsor Pilates DVD I did in the past. It’s a bit technical in form, so I’m showing quite a few photos today to illustrate.

My little bug and I are constantly on the ground playing and this another fun one that makes her giggle with glee! A great motivator indeed! AND because of her weight it’s an added bonus because it’s making my ab muscles and arms stronger!

Sit with your legs straight, abs tight, back straight and your arms in front of you holding on to your baby’s hands.

 

As you walk baby towards you, slowly roll all the way down, feeling each vertebra press into the ground. When you are almost lying flat, place hands under baby’s arms and start pushing baby up. (Try not to let your feet pop up, but worry about baby’s safety first)

 

Once you are flat, raise your baby above your chest. This is a good time to wiggle baby around and bring her/him to your face for some extra smooches. Make sure you have control of baby the entire time.

 

Now, with baby still in the air,  squeeze your abs and slowly roll your torso up and forward and place the baby back into the starting position! (If your arms are not strong enough, place baby on your chest and stomach while your roll forward)

I’ll never put recommended reps as that is not the purpose of Mommy & Baby Moves, simply do and enjoy the extra time together.

 

Working out with my little bug comes naturally to me; perhaps it’s because my mother worked out with me when I was a baby too! I figure it’s never too early to set a good example.

What a little poser!

 

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Mommy & Baby Moves: Ball bridge

I started doing exercises with my daughter when she could support her head, for every baby this is different.  This was the first exercise I ever did with her and she still giggles with delight every time we do it. The giggles are my motivation so I pretty much do this until my butt is numb!

This works your stabilizing muscles, bum and hamstrings.

Every time you come back into the starting position, remember to squeeze your bum and hold for a few seconds.

For me, working out with baby means that all of my attention is centered on her. My form may not be perfect in order to guarantee little bug’s safety.

**Please don’t try this until your baby can support his/her own head.

Here is a variation of this Mommy Baby Move

This is a good time to get in extra kisses! Hopefully babies get the same endorphins that we do when working out!

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