Get Moving! 3 Tips for Easier Mornings with Baby

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Get Moving! 3 Tips for Easier Mornings with Baby

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Mornings as a parent of a baby or toddler can be difficult to say the least – especially if you were up half the night with a poor sleeper. If you’re anything like me, you need a kick in the pants to shake off grouchiness and grogginess in the morning. On mornings where you find yourself succumbed to reading on the floor or playing quietly first thing, you might find yourself ending up irritable and exhausted all day. I have discovered that the best way to enjoy your mornings as parents (besides coffee!) is to get your blood pumping and bring some energy into the a.m. Here are my top 3 favorite ways to get moving in the morning with baby.

#1: Dance it Out!
This one is a favorite in our household. Turn up the baby jams playlist and dance around the kitchen and living room to dance music with great beats, top 40 hits, and a little Weird Al just to mix it up. Think exercise mix turned baby-friendly playlist—whatever music gets your blood pumping and puts a smile on your face will do the trick! Babies absolutely love being danced, and it’s a great way for you to bond with baby, have fun, and start the day off right.

#2: Take a Brisk Walk
Morning is such a wonderful time to be outdoors. Where we live, early mornings are the best time to hear the birds singing, see some bunnies (which every child loves), and take in the sights and scents of the flowers and gardens in our neighborhood. More enterprising parenting might find that early mornings, before the sun starts beating down, are a great time to take baby out of town a little bit for a short hike or hit up a nature trail nearby. A 15-30 minute, brisk walk around the neighborhood works well for me because it’s just enough time to get my heart rate up without tiring me out.  You will find that 15-30 minutes is usually about all the time your child wants to spend in the stroller first thing in the morning, too.

#3: Join a Class
Nothing gets mama moving like a lively music class or play gym session, especially if your little one still needs hands-on supervision or isn’t quite at a stage where she can follow physical directions well. If your child is very young, you might have to hold her during romps around the room during the horsey songs and free dance time, but that’s alright, it’s a great chance for you to get exercise and it will put you in a good mood trying out moves that will make your baby smile.

These are just a few of the many ways you can make mornings more enjoyable with your baby or toddler, especially after a rough night. What’s worked for your family? What would you like to try? Get creative! Your kid and your mood will thank you.

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