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Happy Baby Workout - Lose the Baby Weight and Bond with your baby!

SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!


Get your Pre-baby body back -- you can do it!

 

What is the "Happy Baby" Workout?

The Happy Baby Workout is a unique exercise training routine for Mom and Baby designed to benefit them both and strengthen their bond.  Moms get to exercise, and the baby builds valuable coordination skills, develops his brain, and gets "tummy time" to build strength in his neck muscles. The program is revolutionary in its approach to combining mom and baby fitness along with early childhood development lessons. 

 

The Happy Baby Workout was designed by the sister power team duo of Fitness Expert, Dulcinea Lee Hellings and Early Childhood Educator, Andrea Vickers. 


"Happy Baby" Workout Benefits:

1.  Mom gets Fit
2.  Baby gets Tummy Time
3.  No baby sitter or gym required
4.  Baby develops fine and gross motor skills
5.  Mom and Baby get quality "play time" through exercise
6.  Baby's mind is stimulated for learning
7.  Mom rebuilds core strength
8.  Baby's sensory development is unparallel
9.  Mom and Baby increase their flexibility
10.  Mom and Baby develop a unique and lasting bond

SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!



"Happy Baby" Workout DVD's are HERE!

Losing the Baby weight can be hard for many new moms.  Helping your Baby meet milestones can be hard for new moms.  That's why we created the Happy Baby Workout interactive mom and baby exercise program.

Lose the Baby Weight -- you can do it!



FAQ

What is the workout like?

The Happy Baby Workout is a combination of cardio, strength, and core training moves designed specifically with 2 elements in mind:  1. New Mom Fitness, and 2. Early Childhood Development.  In this revolutionary Mom and Baby exercise program the power team of Fitness Expert, Dulcinea Lee Hellings, and Early Childhood Development Specialist, Andrea Vickers, collaborate to create a total fitness program for both mom and baby alike.



How does it help my baby develop?

Incorporated in the Happy Baby workout are various strength training moves using your baby for resistance,  interactive Mom and Baby exercises where the baby receives quality Tummy Time, and also some fun exercise drills where your baby can learn and be entertained by you.  The Happy Baby exercises we include employ movements for the baby that help develop their coordination and brain function, ensuring they grow into smart and adept little children…all while you as a Mom are getting fit.


Do I need a sitter when I do the workout?

You don’t need a gym with a childcare center and you don’t need to hire a sitter when you go for a workout.  You can have the satisfaction of caring for yourself and your baby all at once with the Happy Baby Workout plan.  You can fit in exercise as a mom, there is a way….the Happy Baby Workout!

 Lose the Pregnancy Weight -- you can do it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!
 

The Happy Baby Workout new mom fitness program with mom and baby exercises helps moms in lots of ways...

If you need help getting back in shape after baby, if you have postpartum depresssion, if you need creative ways to bond with baby, if you need to lose the baby weight -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you want your pre-baby body back, if you need to strengthen your core after birth, if you need new ways for baby tummy time, if you need a good after pregnancy workout -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you need help getting back in shape after pregnancy, if you want to help baby meet milestones, if you need creative mom and baby exercises, if you need to get fit after baby -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you are looking for new mom fitness, if you have the baby blues, if you want to help baby develop, if you have pregnancy weight to lose -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!


Congratulations Mom and Welcome to the Happy Baby Workout.  Before you begin, we have a few quick notes for you.

 

From Dulcinea, your Fitness Expert:

When you begin the HBW, be sure and make your health and safety and that of your baby a priority.  Wither you have just received clearance from you doctor or if you have been cleared for a while, pay attention to your bodies signs.  Be sure and apply the workout modifications when needed and if at any point you do not feel comfortable with the hold you have on your baby, put him/her down and rest.  It will take time to build up your strength and endurance.  Be patience and know that it will all come in time.

A note from Andrea your Early Childhood Education Specialist:

The HBW is a truly an enriching and stimulating experience for you baby.  Don’t be surprised if your baby doesn’t make it thru the workout the first few times.  You may see your little one rubbing their eyes or looking away and even acting a little ‘cranky’ in the beginning.  Just as you are building you’re your muscles, your baby is building their stamina.  The more you do the workouts, the more your baby will adjust to the stimulation, so give them time and aim to make it a little farther into the workout each time you do it.  The hbw is a fabulous workout for you, and it is truly wonderful boding experience for you and your baby as well.   Take care of yourself as you begin your workout routines and keep it a positive experience for your baby as well, pay attention to their signals as you ease them into to the workout.  Most of all enjoy this time with your baby knowing that with each move, you are burning calories and building muscles and your baby is working on their sensory development, fine and gross motor development, brain development and so much more.

Lose the Baby Weight -- you can do it!


"Happy Baby" Workout DVD's are HERE!
SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!


Real New Mom Story

I was so stressed after I had my new baby for so many reasons.  Like many new moms I had a new baby, a small child, family and work all to take care of at the same time and going to the gym was a struggle.

I really wanted my pre-baby body back but I felt guilty about going to the gym and leaving my responsibilities behind.  I hated the way my new pregnancy belly looked and I was desperate to get back in to some sort of shape but I had no idea how I could find the time or energy to do anything about it.

Even before my baby I was really worried. I didn't know how I would I get back in to shape afterwards.  This was my second child, I am 37 years old, and honestly I kind of let myself go during the second pregnancy.   I did workout during pregnancy with my first child, but not this time, and I was significantly larger than after the birth of my first. 

I got really depressed about my baby belly, especially after Jackson was born, and with it being a C-section delivery this time, I was terrified that I would never get my pre-baby body back like I wanted.  I felt doomed to have "baby belly" forever.

After a little searching online, I found the Happy Baby Workout DVD and seemed like the perfect answer to my "get in shape after baby" plan.  I could workout at home with my baby and the routine seemed fun and interesting for both Jackson and I.

Within days of starting the workout I was getting compliments like "wow, you look great for just having a baby," "how did you lose the pregnancy weight," and "you look like such a happy new mom." 
Within 2 weeks I had lost 8 lbs and that gave me motivation to keep going! Now after 4 months of 3x/wk doing the Happy Baby Workout, I am back in my old clothes and I feel incredible!

All the fear I had about losing my baby belly and the weight I'd gained have been subsided thanks to the Happy Baby Workout.  It is a cute, fun, effective workout that I actually enjoyed doing every week with Jackson.  He loved it too!  Whenever I put the DVD in to start, Jackson would get excited and start to coo.  And the best part of it all is I could get the job done at home and make time for my family

--Milly Joshua, Grand Rapids MI

 

 

40 minute interactive Mom and Baby exercise routine

"Happy Baby" DVD's are HERE!
SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!
Lose the Baby Weight -- you can do it!
TESTIMONIALS


BEFORE & AFTER 7 mos

Andrea lost 56 lbs in 7 mos!!!

"I am proud to say that 3 ½ months after beginning to do the Happy Baby Workout I have to date lost 42lbs"

"It has also been such a joy to know that my workouts are anything but selfish; they are actually beneficial to my baby"

"I was able to watch my Baby roll over for the first time as we did the work out and that was truly exciting"

"At his 6 month check-up, the nurse was impressed by how well he was already sitting up, reaching and made several comments as to how alert he was"

Get your body back after baby -- you can do it!

Watch the Video to see REAL Moms and babies getting fit at home with the Happy Baby Workout method.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
This DVD Includes:
-A descriptive pre-workout introduction with advice to get you started.
-A 40 minute interactive Mom and Baby exercise routine with Fitness Expert, Dulcinea Lee Hellings, and her nephew Gary Vickers, the original "Happy Baby"

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BONUS FEATURE
-A Special Baby Benefits presentation with Early Childhood Educator, Andrea Vickers

 SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!

Get Fit after Baby -- you can do it!


The Happy Baby Workout is a unique and special way for Moms to get fit with their baby, there is no other exercise plan for Mom’s to date quite like the Happy Baby Workout.  Yes, working out with your baby is not a totally new thing, but developing the baby’s mind while you are working out?  Yes, that is a totally revolutionary thing.  Every exercise in the Happy Baby Workout series has not just the Mom’s fitness, but the baby’s development in mind. From warm up to cardio to strength and then stretch Mom and baby interact with each other and get healthy as a family.


The Original "Happy Baby" Gary Vickers
Get your pre baby body back -- you can do it!


"Happy Baby" DVD's are HERE!
SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!

Losing the Baby weight can be hard for many new moms.  Helping your Baby meet milestones can be hard for new moms.  That's why we created the Happy Baby Workout interactive mom and baby exercise program.

With the Happy Baby Workout new mom fitness program you can lose the Baby Weight and bond with your Baby at the same time.




Gaining pregnancy weight and struggling to get back in shape after birth can lead to post pardum depression and difficulties bonding with baby. 

With the Happy Baby mom and baby fitness routine you can workout after pregnancy, lose the baby weight, battle the baby blues, and help your babies brain development.

Get your Pre-baby body back -- you can do it!



Going to the gym to workout after pregnancy can be tough for a new mom and the baby.  There aren't many good gyms with childcare centers you can trust, and its hard to get your post baby workout on if you are constantly worried about your baby. 

You don't need a gym with good childcare when you do the Happy Baby Workout for moms and babies.  You can spend quality time bonding with your baby and losing the baby weight right at home.



Finding tummy time exercises for your baby can be a challenge...as a new mom you know how hard it is to get a baby to enjoy its tummy time. 

In the Happy Baby Workout new mom fitness program we offer lots of tummy time ideas as we incorporate it into the workout.  Several of the Happy Baby mom and baby exercises give your baby the tummy time he needs to grow strong.

What is the "Happy Baby" Workout?

The Happy Baby Workout is a unique exercise training routine for Mom and Baby designed to benefit them both and strengthen their bond.  Moms get to exercise, and the baby builds valuable coordination skills, develops his brain, and gets "tummy time" to build strength in his neck muscles. The program is revolutionary in its approach to combining mom and baby fitness along with early childhood development lessons. 

 

The Happy Baby Workout was designed by the sister power team duo of Fitness Expert, Dulcinea Lee Hellings and Early Childhood Educator, Andrea Vickers. 


 

SUMMER SALE only $15.99 through 9/15/14!

Lose the Pregnancy Weight -- you can do it!

 

The Happy Baby Workout new mom fitness program with mom and baby exercises helps moms in lots of ways...

If you need help getting back in shape after baby, if you have postpartum depresssion, if you need creative ways to bond with baby, if you need to lose the baby weight -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you want your pre-baby body back, if you need to strengthen your core after birth, if you need new ways for baby tummy time, if you need a good after pregnancy workout -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you need help getting back in shape after pregnancy, if you want to help baby meet milestones, if you need creative mom and baby exercises, if you need to get fit after baby -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

If you are looking for new mom fitness, if you have the baby blues, if you want to help baby develop, if you have pregnancy weight to lose -- HAPPY BABY WORKOUT IS FOR YOU!

BEFORE AND AFTER 7 mos


MORE ON ANDREA'S HAPPY BABY WORKOUT EXPERIENCE AS A NEW MOM

CLIPS FROM THE BLOG:
This is my first time to ever do a blog, but for the first time, I have started to loose my baby weight and I want to share my story with with other moms out there so you know your not alone. 

With my daughter, I was found a wonderful mom's group to be a part of and truly benefited from the sharing of tips and ideas on how to make tummy time fun, ways to enhance babies development and so much more.  It is my hope that through this blog I can offer some of the same comforts and suggestions to other mom's out there through my early childhood degree, experience (failures and successes) and other mom's stories and advice as well.

I will start by letting you know that I am, my husband and I will have been married 11 years this September.  We have a Consulting business that we run out of our home and Brian is a member of the National Guard Reserves.  I am a proud mother of two.  My daughter Emma is now 4 1/2.  She encompasses the three S's: spunky, smart and stubborn.  My pregnancy with her was so perfect, she was two weeks late and I could have carried her forever.  My son Gary just turned 9 months and he is the sweetest little guy with the biggest smile you have ever seen...except when he's hungry, then look out.  My pregnancy with him was not as much fun.  I was sick the first 4 months, heartburn, exhausted and my face broke out like I was 16 again.

I did enjoy both pregnancy's to the fullest and with Emma gained 48lbs and with Gary gained 38lbs.  After I had Emma, I had a hard time loosing the weight, I was so into the 'mom' mode and worried about her development, focusing my everything on her, the house, my husband, that I never really took time to take care of me.  With Gary, I knew I had to make myself a priority and start to take care of me.  In future entries, I hope to share with you my troubles with weight loss and how I have found a way to combine spending time with Gary and loosing weight in a way that is developmentally benifical to Gary.

Thanks for being a part of my BLOG.
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In my fist blog, I mentioned the weight that I piled on while I enjoyed both of my pregnancy's.  After I had Emma (now 41/2) I just had a hard time losing the weight.  I so enjoyed just laying around and playing with her and when I did load her up and take her to the gym with me...I was called out after the first 5 minutes to get her because she was crying.  Eventually, I just gave up on going to the gym.  I became comfortable with my body (then 40+lbs heavier) and my husband was so loving that I just bought clothes in a bigger size and soon was ok with my new shape.  As Emma got older, I soon realized that I didn't want to pass on my bad eating and exercise habits to her.  I started going to the gym and eating better.  I was able to lose close to 25 lbs...then I found out I was pregnant with Gary!  I was scared.  It was so hard for me to loose the weight after having Emma, what was I thinking putting my body thru this again.  I wasn't going to wait.  I was going to get the jump on it this time.  I tried working out while I was pregnant with Gary, but wow, carrying a boy sure was different.  I was so tired all the time and it looked like a swallowed a basketball, my sense of balance was thrown.  I did find enjoyment in water aerobics and it did help to keep me from gaining as much weight as I had with my daughter.  Even though I was working out several times a week, I still managed to pack on 38lbs.  Now, 10lbs 1oz of that was my actual baby, that's right, he was a big guy from the get go, but that left over lbs that I had to take off on top of the 40lbs I had from before.  I turned to my sister who was is a fitness instructor in L.A..  At Christmas, she brought out a workout routine for me that was fabulous!  I was counting the days until my doctor was going to clear me so I could get started.

You know what they say about the best made plans.  A month after I was cleared to workout, Dulcie called to check on my workouts, almost in tears I had to let her know that Gary was quite the mommies boy and if it didn't involve me holding him, it wasn't happening.  She really listened, understood and took everything I had to say to heart.  Within a week she called me and had some exercises for me to do that involved Gary.  I loved them and was craving more.  She continued to build and build upon what she was giving me and it was starting to turn into a workout.  Being an early childhood educator, I was more than excited for me, I was excited for Gary.  With a few additions or position changes to Gary, my workout was also benefical to his development.  Before I knew it, Dulcie and I were working together to form the Happy Baby Workout (
www.happybabyworkout.com).  It saved me.  I started doing it in rough edition when Gary was 5 months old and continue to do it to this day.  Gary is now 10 months and I am happy to say that in less than 5 months. I have lost almost 50lbs.  Pictures will soon be posted on our website of me after Gary was born and new pics of me now.  I still have a little ways to go.  My goal is to loose 25 more lbs which will put me back to the weight I was before I got pregnant with Emma.  It was amazing to not have to worry about packing up Gary and leaving him in a gym daycare crying.  I was able to bond with him on our time, in my home and at our pace.  For those of you out there looking to make the most of you time with your baby and looking to shed a few lbs, check out our website and the Happy Baby Workout.  Next time I will blog a bit about the benefits of the workout for the baby...can't wait!

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I love my children, I mean I really love them as much as any mother could.  My daughter was so great when she was a baby.  She didn't nap much, but she slept thru the night and most important, she could entertain herself.  When I was cooking dinner, she would play with the pots and pans, I could play with her on the floor then get up to take care of something and then come back and love on her again.  My son...there was no issue with bonding, he was the most clingy little monkey known to man.  Almost to the point where it was overboard attachment, it was almost the opposite of bonding, I was just wanting a few minutes to cook with two hands, jump up and grab something...anything.  Especially when it came to having a little me time.  Going to the gym with my daughter was always hard, but I could at least get a little workout in here and there with her playing off on the side, but not with Gary. 

That's why I was so relieved to have the Happy Baby Workout come along, I was able to workout, relieve some tension and stress and find a way to make it special between the two of us.  The workout allowed us to spend time together and bond in a new and unique way.  Throughout the workout Gary was up and down and having such a good time, I was able to see the joy in his face and able to really enjoy it since i knew that with all the fun he was having, i was having some 'me' time by getting in my workout.  I was elated to see him roll over for the first time while doing the kissy baby push-ups and to watch him grow and strengthen and really enjoy tummy time while doing the super baby was truly and exciting moment.  Through the workout I was able to really bond with him and enjoy that face to face one on one time.  And through giving him so much undivided attention during the workout, Gary not only took fabulous naps (which gave me some great time to myself), but it also helped to build some independence in Gary as well.  Knowing we had that solid time together everyday, he began to take some time to himself and not fuss if I got up to grab a drink or answed the phone.  The Happy Baby Workout really helped me find the way to enjoy the clingy time Gary and I had and turned it into so much more!

Why is Tummy Time such a big deal?

It's hard to find a baby out there that loves tummy time from the start.  Most babies fuss and really don't enjoy being on their bellies so why do we torture them and force them to be on their bellies?  Tummy time is important for a baby on so many levels, lets start with one of the main problems that doctors have been seeing over the years...the flat head.  In 1993 the American Academy of Pediatrics started recommending that babies sleep on their back and since then there has been an increase in babies/children with flat heads.  When babies are little, their heads are soft and constantly forming, sleeping on their back several times a day and at night causes the head to form a flat back, add to that the time a baby spends on their back feeding, being held, in a stroller, car seat and on the floor on their back looking up...it's a lot of flat head forming time.  Tummy time allows the baby to get off the back of their head and give it a chance to form into a beautiful round noggin.  Then there is the muscle aspect, tummy time helps a baby to strengthen their neck muscles, it works their fine motor skills as they feel the different textiles under their hands, reach and grasp at what is under them and works their gross motor skills as they try and push up with arms and legs and even the kicking out of their arms and legs.  It also is an important stepping stone, as those muscles strengthen, it helps a baby learn to push themselves up which leads to rolling over, sitting up crawling and yes, walking.  So if it's so great developmentally for the baby, why do they dislike it so much?  Cause it's hard!  They have little to no muscle control in the beginning and being on their belly is hard and possibly a little scary since they often don't know how to control their body from that position.  
So how do we as parents go about making it more enjoyable for them?  Get on the floor with the baby, clap, squeak a toy, make noises and silly faces so they are distracted during this time.  As the baby gets older you can play little games with them, be on the floor face to face, have a little toy give them a kiss on the nose or make a funny sound and tickle their neck, then pull the toy back towards you.  This will encourage the baby to reach out for the toy and track it with their eyes.  And don't just think that tummy time means you have to have the baby flat on the floor on their belly.  That is the ideal, but there are so many fun ways to incorporate tummy time into your everyday play and even into your workouts (check out www.happybabyworkout.com for more details).  Take the tummy time recommendations seriously, but enjoy that time with your baby.  Make it fun for the both of you!

How often does your baby laugh?

As I was driving along with my father-in-law the other week, the radio personality came on with a statistic that mentioned how the average baby/child laughs on average 10 times a day while people over 50 laugh less than 3 times a day hence the saying 'Grumpy Old Men'.  My father-in-law sat there kind of quiet for a minute and said, well I laugh a lot more when i'm visiting, maybe I should stay longer.  While that comment made me want to cry instead of laugh (just kidding, I do enjoy my father-in-laws visits) it got me to thinking, do my children laugh 10 times a day and what do I do to encourage or discourage that laughter?

My daughter is tall, slender with blond hair and killer blue eyes, but she at the same time is the biggest goof ball you have ever come across.  I always tell people that when she gets older I see her being the one people look at and say "I bet she is prom queen or head cheerleader' and then I say 'nope, she was voted class clown!"  I love her laughter, it will literally fill a room  and it's contagious on top of that.  She can make my 14 month old son smile and laugh like there is no tomorrow.  Some times as adults we get stressed, overworked and loose that ability to just let it all go and be silly.  At times I catch myself telling Emma 'that's enough' or to 'calm down' but when I really check in with myself, I realize that maybe i'm not enjoying it enough.  Don't get me wrong, out in public or at the dinner table good manners must always be in full swing, but in the early evening, when i'm cooking dinner, why not let them get a little silly.  They say laughter is good for the soul.  I have tried to make a conscious effort to not only allow the silliness to take place, but to turn down the stove and join in on it.  After all, I don't want to join that 'Grumpy Old Men Club'  too soon!

On that same note, they say that laughter releases endorphin just as exercise does.  For those new moms out there who are having a hard time finding the humor in being at home or getting your body back in shape, check out www.happybabyworkout.com .  It was one of the best things that I did for myself and my son.  It was a fabulous workout for me, a stimulating experience for him and at the same time it provided many moments of laughter as I was able to fully enjoy his expressions, movements and little noises all thru our workout together. 

When it's a good workout, it's a good workout!

I know I go on and on about the Happy Baby Workout (www.happybabyworkout.com) but how can I not.  It really helped me to begin my weight loss and helped me to keep my sanity with a wonderful little baby who just wanted to be with his mommy...all the time!  It was the fabulous solution for us both.  I got a fabulous workout, Gary was able to build on all of his milestones, he got to be with me and all the stimulation wore him out so he took a fabulous nap.  It was a win/win workout.  I believe in it and loved every minute of it.  Now that Gary is over a year and to big to really do the entire workout with, I have had to hit the gym.  How do I know that the moves in the Happy Baby Workout are so fabulous???  Well, while at my class at the gym we got on the floor to do some abs.  The instructor told us how this was a great exercise to stabilize the body, strengthen the back and really hit the core.  As she started to show us, I got a big smile on my face.  It was the same workout I had done for months with Gary.  I had flashbacks of him on the floor looking up at my while I was over him.  I actually saw him roll over for the first time while doing the very exercise that we were doing.  Not only was I a little overwhelmed by the flashbacks of my baby rolling over, I had a feeling of pride come over me as well, pride in my strength.  While many of the other ladies were falling over, wobbly or unable to do it, I had such incredible strength in my back and core and the stability from having done this move so many times.  I was truly proud of myself and how far I had come.  The instructor even walked by and gave me a 'nice form' comment.  That really meant alot to a girl who 8 months ago couldn't even do a simple crunch and now with 70 lbs gone, I am the girl at the gym who everyone hates who gets the 'nice form' comment and I couldn't be happier!

Holiday Travel with Baby by Plane

The holidays tend to be a stressful time and when you add a baby and air travel into the mix, it only gets worse.  Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when flying with your little one over the holiday.

1- don't be afraid to take that stroller to the airport.  In most airports, it will get you to the family or special needs line of security which means less waiting in line and the stroller is very needed when going to the restroom especially if you are traveling alone.  You will have to gate check it and if it doesn't fit through the security belt it will need to be swabbed at a special counter at the security check point so allow for that extra time.
2- have all of your diaper lotions, baby foods etc...all bagged up nice and neat and packed on top of your carry on so when you get to the security check point you can pull it out with ease.
3- if you little one is crawling or starting to walk, don't rush to be the first one on the plane.  Let them walk around and crawl as much as possible so they can wear themselves out and hopefully sleep on the plane.
4- try and plan your flight around your little ones nap or bed time, especially if they are on the move, why struggle with an active child on a long flight when you could just sit back, plug in your ear phones and hold them while they sleep
5- when you are packing those extra diapers and change of clothes for your little one, throw in an extra t-shirt for you at the bottom.  It can double as a blanket for your little one and you are covered in case you get spit up on early in the flight.
6- breastfeed, give a bottle or pacifier to you little one during take off and landing to help with their ear popping.  If my little one is sleeping, I never wake him during landing, and it had not bothered him.
7- you would be amazed at how entertaining a cup and some ice rolling around in it can be for a baby.  My daughter loved to grab the ice and move it from one cup to the next, kept her busy for a long time and it was something I could get on the plane (one less thing to have to pack).
8- i know it's hard, but I fully believe that your baby feeds off of you.  If you are feeling uptight and nervous, then your baby will pick up on that, if you are calm and relaxed then your little one will most likely be as well.
9- You will come across some travelers who are less than open to the idea of being in the row with a baby.  They may huff and puff or get uptight if your little one even puts forth a small cry.  To those fine travelers, I like to give them a friendly nod and simply say "I am sure you were a perfect traveler when you were a baby, if you have any tips, i'm up for trying anything".  I always say it with a smile and it's never meant to be rude, i am always open to new suggestions and learning new ways to make traveling easy.  Most of the time they will shrug and let you be, and then you can focus on your little one.
10- when all else fails, just smile knowing that if you forgot it, you can buy it when you land and no matter how long the flight may seem, you will land.

Don't forget to go to www.happybabyworkout.com to buy you mommy and baby fitness DVD.  It can be done anywhere and is a great stress reliever for you both when traveling!

With the Gym Comes the Germs...

I never thought I would enjoy working out at home with my baby as much as I did.  It was easy, on my schedule and his and the fact that he was a part of my workout not only made the time fly, it made working out for me fun and entertaining.  I began doing the Happy Baby Workout www.happybabyworkout.com when Gary was 5 months old, (I could have started as soon as he had good head control, but it wasn't out yet).  I actually looked forward to working out with him.  Getting to be close and bond with him while breaking a sweat...what could be better.  I was able to watch him rollover for the first time while working out, we laughed together, I was able to see him build his gross and fine motor skills and learn to love tummy time, it was just a truly rewarding experience.  But all good things come to an end, the Happy Baby workout was a fabulous way for us to bond, but once he started walking (and hit 24lbs) I knew we had to try and start hitting the gym. 

I had forgotten what a hassle it was, you have to pack a diaper bag cause the one time you don't is the one time you get called out of class to change a poop diaper.  You have to have snacks for the ride, a change of clothes and the timing...oh there are so many classes I would love to take at my gym, but they fall right in the middle of his nap time so they are out.  It's hard getting him use to the people there to start with, you can't try and leave them when they are tired and cranky.  And what I forgot was the germs...oh those germs...it's like a non-stop green snot party in that room.  When Gary has the green snot, I keep him home but I am realizing there's no point in that, since i'm the only one who does.  He gets a cold, I keep him home and miss out on my gym workout for a few days, take him back when his nose has cleared up only to drop him in a pen of toddlers with green snot streaming down their noses. 

I do love my gym and the classes I make it to are wonderful and oh I dream of one day making to those really great sounding classes that only fall during his morning nap time but the germs and these winter colds are killing me!  As a parent you can only do so much, if everyone would just make the 3-4 day gym sacrifice and keep their kids home when they are sick, it could be a better experience for everyone.  In the meantime, I am lucky, when I am at home with Gary, I still have the Happy Baby Workout to rely on.  While we no longer go thru the entire video, there are so many great ab, cardio, strength and stretching moves that we can do together when we are home with the gym germs that I still feel like I was able to get in a decent workout.  I have to admit, while no one likes a baby with the green snot, thanks to the Happy Baby Workout, I can at least make the most of our time together at home.

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