Being active and outdoors with your baby
Why be active outdoors with your baby?
Good for your baby
Physical activity is great for physical and mental well-being (both yours and your baby’s), it encourages babies’ development and perhaps most importantly, it’s a lovely way to bond with your baby and have some fun together!
The first 1,000 days (between conception and a child’s 2nd birthday) offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier, happier children and to improve
their life chances.
Get active outdoors
It’s well documented that physical fitness brings many health benefits. Regular exercise can prevent chronic illness and is proven to improve mood, reduce stress and improve sleep patterns.
Having a new baby can be very exciting but can also be an overwhelming and socially isolating time. Babi Actif offers the opportunity to meet new friends, develop confidence and help to create lasting habits and hobbies.
Babi Actif provides sessions in various venues / locations across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey, completely FREE of charge. We hope, over the life of the project, to include buggy walks, parent and baby fitness, cycling, jogging, sling walks, sling dancing and outdoor sensory sessions, with the aim of helping new parents find an outdoor activity they really enjoy. The emphasis is on having fun and being healthy with your baby, to lay the building blocks for a healthier future for you both.
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It is more important than ever in these difficult times to try to keep active and take care of both your physical and mental health, so to help keep new parents and their babies happy and healthy, we launched Babi Actif Live sessions on Facebook.
Sessions shown are available for viewing by clicking the links below. Alternatively, you can find all our live sessions on our YouTube channel, which is updated from Facebook weekly. All sessions from March 2020 onwards are available and are also arranged into playlists of postnatal Pilates and postnatal fitness, 6 weeks – 6 months and 6 months+; please see the description on each video for session content. You can do all these sessions either outdoors if you have access to a safe space and the weather is good, or indoors; anywhere you have enough space to move around.
All exercises can be done without equipment, but you may like to increase the intensity of your workout with the following:
- Resistance bands (you can use a pair of tights or other stretchy material)
- A small cushion or soft ball
- Dumbells or weights (you can substitute tins of beans or milk cartons filled with water)
We hope these sessions will help you to keep active and positive while normal activities remain restricted, but please make sure you have read our Guidance Notes for advice on who these sessions are suitable for and for any health considerations you should take into account for your safety and comfort before undertaking physical activity.
“I’ve enjoyed getting out and active, and the route is lovely. I find the sessions energising and I’m much less tired afterwards. It’s great to have a balance of walking and workout as it’s lovely to get that opportunity to chat to other mums during the walk. The session leader is so knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. Really enjoy coming. Thank you.”