Studies have shown that babywearing workouts benefit both baby and wearer. In 2019 and in 2020 two different independent studies were done into the babywearing fitness program Carifit. They showed that babywearing workouts promote improved parent and baby bond, improvements in postnatal depression symptoms and improved strength and physical recovery for new mums.
We have been teaching CARiFiT for almost 7 years, have seen 1000s of women at live classes and now online around the world. We have worked with doctors, midwifes, womens health physios and babywearing experts to make CARiFiT a joy for you both to participate in. So we have compiled our top tips for making your babywearing home workouts a successful and enjoyable experience for you both!
- Get comfortable and confident with your carrier.
It is a ‘babywearing workout’ so needless to say this part is crucial. Both you and your baby need to be in a safe and supportive position, not just for your workout but anytime you are babywearing. It is why our own Carifit+ carrier comes with in depth age and stage fitting tutorials inside your Carifit app and why we offer regular group and 121 support to all our Carifiters around the world.
- Temperature control.
You will get warm when you workout and that warmth with transfer to your baby so we advise that a single layer of clothing for your baby is all you need. It can be a long layer of a vest – you may need to try both to find the perfect comfort for you both. The Carifit+ is designed for maximum airflow to help keep you both comfortable when being active.
- Carrier choice.
Ultimately this is entirely up to you as a parent, there are lots to choose from but it should be a carrier that meets the TICKS guidelines and that properly fits you both. Look, we didn't design the worlds best Althleisure wear carrier for people who don't want to be active! It is worth learning more about the Carifit+ and the babywearing workout app that is included as part of your carrier purchase.
- Making sure you are safe to restart exercise.
The workouts that you choose as a new mum need to be appropriate for the postnatal body, they should be respectful of the changes your body has gone through and take into account the healing process now underway. In the UK you should wait for your postnatal check and the all clear from the doctor before returning to exercise. This normally happens at 6 weeks following a natural birth and 10-12 weeks following a c-section. If for any reason you are still under medical supervision beyond this time you should check with your doctor about when you can restart your exercise routine.
- Core and pelvic floor
This is without doubt the question we get asked the most frequently. You need to be able to activate your core and pelvic floor muscles as well as breathing properly…that is part of the healing process. You may also have Diastasis Recti or Abdominal separation – this is normal and nothing to worry about – BUT the workouts you choose have to account for this and help to make it better not risk making it worse. We have condensed all you need to know in our Carifit app which will educate you and support all your core based questions and the best exercises to get started with. Our app members have a dedicated core area and that combined with our doctor endorsed workouts mean Carifit is always an appropriate choice.
Hungry babies are rarely happy babies!
When you wear you baby in carrier you place them right next to their food source…and as you workout and your body temperature rises and if they are hungry then boy will they let you know about it. So our final top tip is to feed your baby 15 to 30 mins prior to starting your workout, then they will most likely take a very contented nap whilst you get Carifit.
Finally…enjoy your workouts together. It is a magical time and your baby will love being close to you and comforted by your movements, heartbeat and smell. As you baby grows so will their enjoyment of this special time…just take a look at our social media www.instagram.com/cari_fit to see how much those bigger babies love their workouts with mummy and how calm and relaxed those little sleeping babies are.