5 Great Workouts You Can Do With Your Little One

Photo: Julie Wheeler

It might look crazy cute, but working out with your baby can also be super effective.

For me, being able to do some fun exercises with my baby girl was the perfect way to make my postnatal return to exercise fun and motivating. Plus, it's harder than it looks!

Working out with your baby is great for both your physical and mental well-being, it's a great chance to bond with your baby, and it's awesome for strengthening and toning your whole body. You can also do these exercises anytime, anywhere.

Postnatal exercise with your baby is so good for you in so many ways. But here are some of my favorites, just in case you need any extra motivation to get moving.

These exercises are recommended for moms who are 12 weeks or more postnatal. As always, make sure you have your doctor's clearance to return to postnatal exercise before you do any of these exercises.

Baby Lunge Rotations

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This exercise works your thighs, butt, and core.

Here's how to do it:

  • Hold your baby at your chest.
  • Put your weight into your heels and draw your belly button back toward your spine.
  • Step forward on your right foot.
  • Bend your left knee and slowly lower toward the ground.
  • Slowly rotate your upper body toward your right leg.
  • With control, rotate your upper body back to facing forward.
  • Push through your right heel back up to standing.
  • Step back to your start position and repeat on the lefthand side.

Repeat 10 times.

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Baby Squats

This exercise works your thighs, butt, and core.

Here's how to do it:

  • Hold your baby at your chest.
  • Put your weight into your heels and draw your belly button back toward your spine.
  • Slowly lower your weight backward as if you were going to sit down on a chair.
  • Only go as low as you feel comfortable.
  • Push through your heels back up to standing.

Repeat 10 times.

Baby Quad Push-Ups

This exercise works your chest, arms, and core.

Here's how to do it:

  • Place your baby on a mat or rug.
  • Start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  • Draw your belly button back toward your spine.
  • Slowly lower your upper body toward the ground.
  • Only go as low as you feel comfortable.
  • Push back up to the start position.

Repeat 10 times.

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Baby Chest Press

This exercise works your chest and arms.

Here's how to do it:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Hold your baby at your chest.
  • Draw your belly button back toward your spine.
  • Press your baby up into the air.
  • Lower your baby back down to your chest.

Repeat 10 times.

Baby Core Exercise

This exercise works your deep core muscles.

Here's how to do it:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent in tabletop position.
  • Place your baby on your shins supporting them as much as you need.
  • Draw your belly button back toward your spine.
  • Draw tiny circles with your knees clockwise.
  • Repeat drawing tiny circles with your knees counterclockwise.
  • You can keep your head flat on the ground or gently raise your head and shoulders, making sure that you can maintain a flat stomach.

Repeat 10 times.

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