Posts Tagged ‘vitamin D’

Fun Summer Exercises with Baby

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

IMG_0202-2Let’s face it. As moms, we tend to put our needs last on the list. But we still need to take care of ourselves. For me, I need exercise. It is part of my sanity to fit back into pre-baby jeans and have a release of some kind. With one baby, I seemed to still satisfy this need easily. Enter baby 2, and I’m still overweight and sitting here in my “I just had a baby jeans.” Regardless, there are some ways you can incorporate exercise into your life with babies. Here are some great exercises to try this summer.

Run, Jog, Walk:

For me, having a jogging stroller has been a blessing. With one baby, we used it all of the time. I got in a good run and she got in some entertainment at the park. Now with two, I have a double jogger. It’s a beast to push and run, but I’m working on it. Take your baby with you to a park, walk your local downtown neighborhood, or just check out your street you live on. Walk, jog, or run. Do what is easiest for you. Remember that baby needs to have good head control before placing him in a jogging stroller. I waited until after 6 months with both of my kids. Don’t forget a sippy cup filled with water and some water for you, too. Stay hydrated and get in a good workout.

Wear Your Baby:

If you are just super busy and don’t have the time, put your baby in a carrier like a Tula or Boba and get some errands checked off your list. Wearing your baby on the front will be a workout. For me, bending down while babywearing is not an easy task. Try doing squats and lunges with baby in tow. Do them outside in a grassy area where you can get some Vitamin D.

Put baby on your back and go for a hike with a friend or loved one. Wear comfortable walking shoes and remember sunscreen for baby. My son Levi instantly falls asleep while being worn on my back.

Take Your Workout Outside:

You can use a stroller to increase your activity. Besides just walking, use your stroller to get more calories burned. You can do squats and lunges while holding onto your stroller. Just remember to hang onto your handle. Try going up hill and getting more of a workout, too. Not easy but worth it!

Also try doing push-ups or sit-ups on a blanket or mat outside. Baby will love to sit and watch you. For an added weight, hold your baby while you complete each repetition.

If you have access to a swimming pool, take baby for a swim. The simple motion of lifting and lowering your baby towards the water is a great arm workout. Plus, babies love the water. The bonus is awesome bonding time.

Classes and Home Workouts:

Try finding a class that offers mommy-and-me options. Yoga can be done safely with baby in a baby carrier. Classes that are tailored towards mom and baby needs are great for you both! You can use your baby as a weight and experiment with ab exercises too. Just remember to keep your safety and baby’s safety a top priority. If all else fails, pop in a dvd and pray for nap time!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two little ones in Northeast Indiana. After writing this blog, she is inspired to get to the Y in the morning!

Sun Safety for Babies

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Babies love being outdoors, and it’s great for them. Being outdoors can help regulate their circadian rhythms, boots vitamin D levels, and can even help you avoid illness since UV rays kill bacteria. However, you have to be much more careful with their delicate skin than you do with your own. How can you make sure baby gets lots of natural vitamin D without getting sun damage?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests sun avoidance for babies under 6 months old. This is partly due to the unknown safety of sunscreen on babies this age and also their immobility.  It is easy to keep this age baby in the shade. You can also put your baby in a brimmed hat and protective clothing. For older babies and children, The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a comprehensive sun protection approach, which includes avoiding peak sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen.

Sun Safety for Babies

Avoid Peak Sun Exposure

Avoiding peak exposure basically means keeping your kids out of the sun during the middle of the day. We usually try to get outside early in the morning and after lunch and naps. This type of schedule helps us avoid peak sun time.  Middle of the day activities could be inside play at home or a trip to the library.

Wear Protective Clothing

Wearing protective clothing can be a little more challenging if it is hot outside, but it can be done.  We try to wear lightweight long-sleeved clothing, brimmed hats and sunglasses. Our kids love sunglasses; they love to be like mom and dad and look and feel fashionable. If we are going to the pool during peak sun hours, I also make sure my kids wear rash-guard swimsuits to cover up more skin.

Use Sunscreen

I will be totally honest with you: I hate sunscreen! I have hated it my entire life. I think it is the feel or smell of it.  If we are out in peak sun or out for a long time, I try to get sunscreen on my kids. I like Californial Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30+. This is good for sensitive skin and does not contain any chemicals. Another even more natural option is to make your own sunscreen; I have a few friends that do this. EWG is a great resource for finding safe products for children. Their rating systems spell out what exactly is in each product and why it’s harmful, and they come out with a new list of top picks each summer.

Warm days can be lots of fun, but make sure you take the necessary steps to make sun play fun and not end up with sunburns.

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two outdoor loving kids who tries to keep them safe in the sun.