Car Seat Squat Postpartum Exercise
Go ahead, count lifting the carseat 10,000 times a day as a workout!
- Your baby
- The car seat
- Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart, knees bent, abdominals tight and shoulder blades pulled back and down.
- Squat down to the ground to pick up your baby in the car seat. (Be sure your baby’s strapped in!)
- In that squat, knees should line up with ankles (not over toes). Keep abdominals tight and back straight.
- Come up to a standing position holding car seat close to your body.
- The older your baby gets, the heavier he gets. The heavier he gets, the bigger the car seat he gets. The bigger car seat he gets, the tougher the workout you get!
- Do two sets of 15, three times per week.
- After two weeks, increase to two sets of 20.
- Increase by five every two weeks.
- Toned bodies are great, but safety comes first! Practice this exercise without your baby so you can become familiar with the movement. If you have any concern or doubt about your or your baby's safety, please perform this exercise alone (or not at all!).