MOM HACK: Baby Bodybuilder?
10/14/19 Could be proof read by someone but already approved/edited by Devin (without final read)
Look closely at this picture…do you see my feet? When my angel, Jelly Bean, was an infant, outside of nap time, she was almost always by my side…even when I was in my office working! Instead of being strapped into a seat, her nanny and I would have her on the floor on a cozy blanket (under close supervision so she couldn’t even inadvertently get caught under it!) or on her solid colored play mat (apparently “busy” mats overstimulate kids) free to lounge. She’d be right there on the floor, doing “her thing”, while I did mine.
An expert recommended that I never put her in anything confining, such as a baby bouncer or swing (with the obvious exception being when actually moving in a car, our little angels need to be secured in their car seats). But swings and bouncers keep your baby comfortable secure and often even, entertained, right? Actually, what the child development expert shared was that leaving my daughter free to wiggle/move around meant that she would basically do the equivalent of baby Pilates all day, which would make her super strong as opposed to just “being”. I’m in!
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but from the time my angel was a few months old, tons of people would comment on how strong she is/was! And she was sooo good at tummy time! So I strongly suggest you let them explore, test, and strengthen their muscles! And keep them (appropriately) close…whether you’re working, cooking or workout out yourself!