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How I Work Out At Home With A Baby

Having 2 kids under 3 and trying to work out, or really do anything, sometimes requires some flexibility on where, when, and how. People ask me a lot how I work out at home with a baby (and a toddler) and I want to share a few of the tips I have. Since I know so many of you are moms or moms to be!

How I Work Out At Home With A Baby

Keep them occupied: The great thing about Charlotte is she isn’t mobile yet! When I work out while she’s not napping I usually stick her in her Baby Bjorn bouncer or her Skip Hop activity center. The bouncer has a great toy bar you can buy to keep them occupied as well. She also LOVES her play mat but most of the time loves to be upright so she can watch what’s going on.

Set expectations low: Sometimes your baby is NOT going to be content just watching. Sometimes they will cry, need to be held, need to be fed, etc. One thing that has helped me a ton is just keeping my expectations low. It may take me 60 minutes to do a 30-minute workout. Sometimes I will have to hold Charlotte while I do ab work. She makes an excellent 14 lb weight.

Ask your partner for help: I make it pretty clear to Andrew when I need help and try to work out when I know he’s free but with him working from home too it just doesn’t always work out.

Have fun: When all else fails. Have fun. Charlotte loves to watch me work out but she also loves to play on my yoga mat and sometimes that’s just what the workout turns into at least for a little bit. I make a lot of silly faces during workouts to keep her happy, and we do a lot of singing silly songs. But the workout gets done and we are both smiling. That’s what really matters.

If you are trying to work out at home with a baby, good for you mama. It’s both fun and exhausting right? buybuyBABY can help keep your kiddo occupied while you get those few minutes of you time. There is such a great range of activity centers, bouncers, playmats, and toys you can grab to keep them happy so you can get done what you need done.

Thank you to buybuyBABY for partnering on this post. Photos by Jenny Havens Photography

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  1. You’re an inspiration, Neely! I shouldn’t even have excuses not to work out since I’m single, haha! ❤️✨

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  2. Great tips – so useful for those with small children or babies! My daughter is older now so we can work out together, which is fun!

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  3. Brandy wrote:

    This is so awesome! I remember those days and I worked out similarly! It’s nice to have ways to keep our baby busy so we can still get our daily exercise in. Loving your photos.

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  4. Marjie Mare wrote:

    Thank you for encouraging and motivating us to work out. We have no excuses now but get moving.

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  5. Kristine Nicole Alessandra wrote:

    You just showed us that what needs to be done, can be done. Having a baby is not an excuse to stop exercising. I have to show this post to my daughter. She really needs to start losing some weight. It is not healthy for her, having diabetes.

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  6. Melanie williams wrote:

    Aw I must say I love all your pictures. Nice that you find time to work out and keep fit too x

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  7. aisasami wrote:

    What an inspiration for all the moms out that you can work out with your baby! Wonderful tips!

    Published 5.14.20
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  8. Brittany wrote:

    Our baby loves all of these things too when I’m trying to workout! Sometimes she’s content to laugh while I count reps. Sometimes not. It’s definitely a good idea to set expectations!!

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  9. Jessie Jones wrote:

    You are a rockstar! I’ve been doing Peleton app workouts and Phillip thinks it’s hilarious to watch me and laugh and mimic!

    Published 5.25.20
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