The birth of a baby means a great change in our life – it literally turns it upside down. Everything changes – our daily routine, habits and plans. Many people think that it means the end of the active lifestyle – or a break in it for a few years. But… it is not true! You can be active and a parent – simply an active parent, and babywearing helps with it a lot. A wrap or a carrier is a great addition to a stroller or an alternative to it – whatever you prefer. With babywearing you can do many things such as sightseeing, walking and hiking, dancing, training – and many others! Muddy roads, beaches, mountain paths, historical monuments, gyms – the world is open for you with a baby close to your heart!
Benefits for a parent
Being active is important for our physical and mental health. Staying for a longer time at home and limiting ourselves to taking care of a child may cause sadness and even depression. Avoiding physical movement leads to problems with health, such as obesity, high pressure, troubles with heart. If we stay active and fit – we feel better and live longer! And what is very important: if we find a passion ‘outside’ – we are stronger to cope with all daily and parenting problems.
Exercise with a baby in a wrap or a sling
Remember that a happy mum means a happy baby! You can do something for yourself and be close to your baby at the same time. LennyLamb and Sportsmama prepared exercises in the wrap or the carrier, which will help you get back into shape in a harmonious way. Check our training programm:
Benefits for a baby
Having healthier, stronger and more self-confident parents is one of the most important benefits for a baby from the active lifestyle. But not the only one. Small babies – after months inside the womb – are used to swinging and they really love it. And while walking, dancing or training with a child in a wrap or a carrier – you keep swinging a lot! Bigger children enjoy doing various things with their parents such as discovering the world or training. They learn healthy and active lifestyle from you.
A wrap or a carrier takes a little space in the bag, car trunk or on the shelf in a train. You can have it always within arm’s reach with almost no effort – which is so important especially when you travel with a walking toddler who may get tired in any moment, anywhere.
Have your hands free
When sightseeing, training, walking or hiking – it’s always so comfortable to have your hands free: to hold a child by hand, to reach for a tourist guide, to take a photo, to eat something – and for many other reasons. Babywearing allows you so.
It is easier and healthier for your body to carry bigger children on your back during various activities
When planning a longer activity with babywearing – always remember to make breaks and enable the child to change the position
Check the baby’s position from time to time and correct it if needed – physical activities and move may affect it
When going on a longer outdoor activity – be prepared for the change of the weather
Common sense is the limit
Although you can do so many things with your child in a wrap or a carrier – there still are some activities that you should avoid when babywearing: the ones with a high risk of falling down, such as skating, riding a bike or skiing. Always remember to use your common sense as a guide – it’s a key to success in happy and active family life!
Spring is the perfect time to make changes in your life so get out of your house and be active!