How can moms keep fit, keep their sanity and pass on good vibes to their babies.
In times of uncertainty and distress such as during a pandemic like COVID-19 and its variants, the impact of it is more drastic on women especially mothers.
With depression on the rise, mommies can unknowingly transfer their anxiety to their babies. Thus, babywearing is highly recommended as it offers comfort and security to the child. It is also an excellent way to ensure that the child is kept close to its caregiver, to minimise unnecessary exposure to harmful diseases.
While it is best to stay home during such times, we cannot negate the fact that movement is medicine. There are many benefits to both mother and child when movement such as babywearing dance is executed.
Apart from moms getting great endorphins to make them feel emotionally happier, movements from babywearing dance emulates the swaying and motion babies felt in the womb. It is also a gentle, safe and effect workout for postnatal mothers.
“I am a mother of 3 and I have been dancing way before I had my kids. I have known the benefits of dancing for the longest time and I definitely was sure I wanted to continue dancing because of how it made me feel. To feel like the best mom, I realised I have to be a happy mom first and I want to share this with other moms. I love dancing and I loved babywearing so it was a natural progression” said babywearing instructor Janifer.
Janifer, an instructor with Dance Embassy who recently had her 3rd kid is starting her babywearing classes in person. She cites that human connection is important during this time that has forced most to go digital and moms especially need more support from a community of other moms.
“Janifer’s babywearing classes are something I look forward to every week. It’s my me-time and I am very grateful for the community that she has built as I get to interact with other moms and share the ups and downs of motherhood”, shared Dance Embassy’s student, Amanda.
Janifer's Babywearing Dance Class is now available on BYKidO and happens every Tuesday at 8.30am. The 1 hour classes are priced at $30 per parent/child pair.