In honor of my friend Natasha at Schue Love who welcomed her first child on Tuesday, I thought that I would post these simple exercises that can be done while not having the relinquish your child to a blanket or bumbo.
1. Leg Lift
Start by laying on your back on a yoga mat or soft carpet. With your knees bent, stabilize your infant on your legs. The mom that wrote this recommends that you do not feed the child right before doing this. With your hands on your baby's shoulders, slowly raise your legs up so that baby is facing down. Then slowly return legs to a 90 degree angle. Do this 10 times.
2. Arm Curls
Cradle your baby in your arms with your handles facing upwards. Make sure that he/she is secure in the crook of your arms. Slowly curl your arms towards your body, bringing your baby to your body as well. He/she will probably giggle as you do this. Slowly return to the starting position. Do this 10 times.
You can do this on your knees or toes. Lay your baby underneath you on a soft surface. Start in plank with baby placed underneath your chest. Slowly lower down into a push-up, making sure to give your baby a smile and a kiss. Do as many as you are comfortable doing.
4. Single Leg Squats
For this stretch make sure that you use the correct form. Stand and hold your baby in front of you with your feet together. Starting with the left foot, step out and bend your right knee until your left thigh is parallel to the ground. Both legs should form a 90 degree angle. Return to standing position and alternate to the right foot. Repeat 10 times on each leg.
Standing up, hold your baby in front of you with outstretch arms. You can choose if you want him/her facing you or not. Hold your baby directly in front of you and twist your torso 90 degrees to the left. Return to the middle position and twist to the right 90 degrees.