Monday, October 14, 2013

The Babywearing Workout Review & Giveaway!

*  I received a copy of the Babywearing Workout free of charge, but was not financially compensated for this post and any opinions expressed are honest and my own.

If I told you that in one fell swoop you could work out and put your child to bed at the same time, eliminating the amount of time you spend rocking your child to sleep and then subsequently collapsing on the couch afterwards, wouldn't you get a little excited?

Yep, me too!

That's where The Babywearing Workout enters into play.  Instead of spending a ton of time either heading to a gym {and finding childcare during that time} or alternately chasing after your baby while trying to do a workout in the background, the Babywearing Workout keeps your child with you during the workout.  And the benefits are fantastic - increased bonding between you and baby, soothing movements to lull your child into sleep, and increased difficulty level for you - as you wear your child and their weight!

The first time I completed the quick, 30 minute workout - Little Lady had just woken from a nap.  She was alert, awake, and enjoyed every second of the exercise.  There were several points during the workout where she was giggling and smiling at me because of the movements, and at other times she laid her head on my chest and snuggled in close.  Even though she absolutely was not ready for a nap at that point in the day, by the end of the workout she definitely had drooping eyelid syndrome going on!

When we tried the workout on a different day closer to bedtime, Little Lady was worn and snuggled right into sleep - to the point where I ended up just taking her out of the carrier and laying her in bed for the night.

The actual exercises in the workout were gentle and smooth - yet there were definitely points where I was getting sweaty and that little voice in my head was yelling, "Are we almost done with this exercise yet?  My arms are jelly!"  Lol.  By the end of the workout I could tell that I'd been exercising for sure, and while some points were lighter than others, I think it's a fantastic option to be able to multi-task and still get in a workout while calming and cuddling your baby.

Check out a little clip here to see some of the moves we did:

I will say though that after trying the workout in a few different carriers, I found that some were better than others.  For sure, you'd need either a soft-structured carrier, a Mei Tai, or a wrap to be able to complete the workout.  A ring sling probably wouldn't work with positioning or the arm exercises in this workout.  I found our Mei Tai's {like the one Kelli used in the workout} to be the best option as the bulk and positioning of the straps on my body tended to be the least restrictive for the arm movements.  If you don't have a Mei Tai, though, don't run out to get one.  You can definitely complete the workout in a SSC or wrap.

I would also recommend to keep baby in a front carry for the workout, as you'll be doing a lot of movement and that lends to keeping a hand on baby's head for support when they inevitably fall asleep!

If this sounds like a great way to exercise for you as well, Kelli is hosting an awesome weight loss challenge starting on October 28th.  She's putting together a group of mamas looking for exercise, support, and weight loss and anyone participating in the challenge is eligible to win a number of awesome prizes!  {Hint, hint: Boba is her main sponsor - and you all know how much I love my Boba 3G!!!}

And because I'm guessing there are a few babywearing mamas here like me who would love to get in a workout while they rock their baby to sleep - Kelli & I are giving away one digital download of the Babywearing Workout so you can get to exercising and join in on the challenge!  Get to entering below and email me with any questions!!!

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  1. Third time's the charm on this disappearing comment?

    I would LOVE to win this! My LO doesn't seem to enjoy childcare at the Y too much...

  2. I'm due in less than 4 weeks and we don't have a stroller, so I plan on babywearing at first! This would be great for me since I am canceling my gym membership for a month after baby arrives!

  3. I've been looking for something like this!

  4. Awesome! I need this so bad. It solves two problems for me : working out and putting my daughter to sleep!

  5. Awesome! I need this so bad. It solves two problems for me : working out and putting my daughter to sleep!

  6. two kids in two years... this mama is always wearing a baby and reallllly needs a workout! :)

  7. I've been totally searching for ways to shed the flab from baby #2!

  8. Count me in for the challenge!

  9. What a fantastic idea! I was really getting into working out before I got pregnant -- running, jumping rope, or doing kettlebells every day. Then pregnancy exhaustion wiped me out. :( I've been thinking about what I'm going to do to get back into exercise once the baby comes, and this sounds like a fantastic solution! If I don't win, I'll probably buy the DVD. ;)

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  11. I'd love to win this because I want to win at losing the baby weight! I'm new to babywearing and excited to use something that's already been so helpful in a great way!

  12. Who won? I've been refreshing my email to see if it's me! ;-)


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