Baby Hugging Squat
If you’re a regular HipFitster, you may recognize this exercise. It’s a lot like the Baby Carrier Squat, with one variation. The Baby Hugging Squat requires you to engage your arms and hold your baby as you squat. Similar to the carrier squat, get ready to feel the burn in your thighs and calves with your repetitions. By the second set, you’ll feel it in your glutes too. It’s just another way to help develop your balance and stabilization. Babies love the up and down motion of a squat. They feel safe and secure, bundled so tightly against your body. Make the squats enjoyable for both of you and give her a gentle squeeze and hum her favorite song during your reps.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders and hold your baby tight, supporting the legs and shoulders. Turn your toes out a little bit, inhale and lower your body down like you’re about to sit in a chair. Keep your back straight, concentrate your weight over your heels and tuck your navel in tightly. Exhale and return to the standing position. Make your movements deliberate but gentle for your baby’s sake. Take your time and let her enjoy the ride. Do sets of ten. It’s OK to do fewer if she’s a heavy baby.