Babywearing Workshop Saturday, November 8th

 

Babywearing Workshop 

This Saturday, November 8th at 10am Ivonne Gonzales of Hip Mommy will be leading a Babywearing 101 Workshop at The Art of Birthing Center in Marina Del Rey.

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Class Description

This class is designed for new and expecting moms/parents to learn everything about Babywearing. When done safely, Babywearing can offer many physical and emotional benefits for both the parent and the baby. It can help ease a woman’s transition into motherhood and help her baby thrive and be happier. Come learn more!
•Learn about Babywearing and its wonderful benefits.
•Learn how to safely and comfortably carry your baby from birth through toddler years.
•Learn about the different types of carriers: wraps, ring slings, mei tais and soft-structured.
•Learn different ways of wearing a carrier: front, hip, back and nursing in a carrier.
There will be some time at the end of the class for parents to try on different carriers and receive hands on help.

 

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A Little Bit About Babywearing…

For a better part of human history our infants have been carried, swaddled, or hugged next to us. The newborn is basically right up next to the mother or caretaker. Baby carrying offers numerous physiological and psychological benefits for the child and parent. However, it seems that people in our current society did not get the memo. Far too often mothers are searching out the perfect stroller or portable carrier. These devices cost hundreds of dollars. And, in my opinion, are not worth it.

The little babies enter this brand new world dependent on mother and father or whoever their caretaker is. Infants are not independent. Basically, they are just as dependent as they were inside your belly except now they are on the other side. The parents are the infants safety net, reassurance, and confidence until the infant develops enough to think on his or her own.

Benefits of Baby Carrying

  • Breastfeeding is easier because of the proximity and hands can be free at times.
  • Communication and socialization are enhanced because the baby will see you (the carrier) interact with the world.
  • Development of motor skills and the vestibular system are supported through the infant becoming constantly aware of the mama’s balance and motor skills and orientation in space.
  • The physical contact between mother and infant promotes oxytocin release, which can alleviate postpartum stress and anxiety.
  • The physical contact and connecting energies can promote a long lasting bond between child and parent.
  • Ideal biomechanics of the parent are supported because they are not lugging around an oversized carrier or hunching over to push a stroller.

Tips for Carrying a Baby

  • The higher on the mother’s body and the closer the contact the easier it is on the mother’s back and overall posture. Think along the lines of a front squat, goblet squat, or even a squat clean. The closer the weight and the more the elbows are up, the easier the movement.
  • Support the baby’s spine and head. You may think this is common sense, but I have seen some baby bobble heads. Support the child’s spine until they can hold up their own neck and look around.
  • No dangling straight legs for babies. Make sure the baby has frog legs as in the baby is about to hop a way or do a jump squat.
  • Know how to use the carrier. If you don’t, go to a workshop or find someone to help. There are tons of people out there happy to help you learn how to carry your baby.

 

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TRAINING

This is a running workout , so if running is uncomfortable do the rowing in parentheses or take a recovery day with some yoga or bodywork.

 

ROOKIE

20 Burpee Sprawls

200m Run (250m Row)

15 Burpee Sprawls

400m Run (500m Row)

10 Burpee Sprawls

600m Run (750m Row)

5 Burpee Spralws

800m Run (1K Row)

*Rest as needed throughout workout.

 

PROSPECT

20 Burpee Sprawls

200m Run (250m Row)

15 Burpee Sprawls

400m Run (500m Row)

10 Burpee Sprawls

600m Run (750m Row)

5 Burpee Spralws

800m Run (1K Row)

*Rest as needed throughout workout.

 

 

ALL-STAR

30 Burpee Sprawls

200m Run (250m Row)

20 Burpee Sprawls

400m Run (500m Row)

15 Burpee Sprawls

600m Run (750m Row)

10 Burpee Spralws

800m Run (1K Row)

5 Burpee Sprawls

*Rest as needed throughout workout.

 

NOTES

Burpee Sprawls = no chest to deck; just jump out to plank.

Again, if running is uncomfortable, please substitute or take a rest day.

 

 

 

 

 

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