Fat-burning exercises you can do with baby.
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Practicing yoga with your baby isn't just an adorable good time—as the two of you bond, you're toning your entire body as she develops motor skills. While you challenge your core, thighs, arms and shoulders during this gentle yoga practice, your baby benefits, too.
Stand holding your baby at chest level. With your feet hip-width apart, pull your abs in tightly. Bend your knees into a squat, sitting back on your heels. Straighten your legs and gently lift her into the air as you sing out her name, squeezing your chest, shoulders and upper back [shown]. Slowly lower your baby back to the starting position. Repeat 3 to 10 times.
MOM BENEFITS: Strengthens core, legs, buttocks, hips, shoulders and arms.
Sit up tall with your ankles crossed and place your baby faceup on the blanket so you can maintain eye contact with her [shown]. Lightly touch her head as you sing the words "North Pole." Now touch your baby's feet as you sing "South Pole." Then guide your baby's hands to her chest and gently extend her left arm out to the side as you sing "East Coast."
Sing "West Coast" as you softly extend her right arm out to the side. Bring your baby's hands together as you sing "inside." Sing "outside" as you extend your baby's arms outward. Wiggle your baby gently side to side as you sing, "Baby, you're the best!" Repeat the sequence 3 to 5 times.
MOM BENEFITS: Maintaining an upright, seated position strengthens your lower back and core.
Stand holding your baby with her back against the center of your chest. Put your right hand underneath her bottom, creating a seat for her. Place your left hand across your baby's chest, or use it to support her chin so her head is upright. Place your feet farther than hip-width apart, toes pointed out slightly. Inhale deeply and lengthen your spine, then exhale, slowly lowering into a wide squat or plié while holding your baby securely to your chest [shown]. Slowly rise back up to starting position. Repeat 3 to 10 times.
MOM BENEFITS: Strengthens thighs, buttocks, core, upper back, shoulders and arms.
Lie on your back with your baby facedown on your chest. Bring your knees toward your chest and place your baby securely on your shins, tummy down. Keep your hands wrapped around your baby's torso at all times, and support her head with your hands or your knees if needed. Lift your head and shoulders toward your baby, tightening your abdominals as you exhale, and play peek-a-boo [shown].
Lower your head and slowly bring your knees closer to your chest to release your lower back. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Gently move your feet up and down to soothe your baby while singing the words "super baby" and maintaining eye contact with her. Repeat as long as you like.
MOM BENEFITS: Strengthens core, hips, legs and arms.
Down Dog Puppy Love
Get down on all fours with your baby lying underneath you. Curl your toes under and lift your hips into an inverted "V," your legs and arms straight [Downward-Facing Dog, shown]. Sing the words "down dog" to your baby. Slowly lower yourself back to all fours. Sit back with your hips over your heels and extend your arms forward on either side of your baby [Child's Pose]. Maintain this stretch and kiss your baby's feet. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
MOM BENEFITS: Strengthens and stretches core, legs, hips, arms and shoulders.