At age 42, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl who we named Karolina. I gained 40 pounds and was having trouble losing the weight. I live in Hollywood which just magnified the problem. I no longer had the time to go to the gym, which I never liked anyway. Also the “day care” facility they have has a giant flat screen TV and when I took a peek inside, Lady Gaga’s video Bad Romance was playing. That said, I was motivated to come up with a way to work out while engaging my daughter. I started dancing with Karolina in a sling. I actually worked up a sweat and the best part was she inevitably fell asleep! Shortly after, Sling and Dance was born.
I remember when I was single, I’d have some friends over before going out, and we’d put on some tunes and dance. So now it’s the same thing-just add a baby. I began the class at my neighbor’s house and a few months later, I expanded to locations across Los Angeles such as the Pump Station.
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Sling and Dance is a great way to shed weight, bond with your baby and socialize with other moms. I describe it as Mommy and Me meets Zumba. It’s quite a workout! One mom told me she sweat more in Sling and Dance class than her Zumba class. Also, I honestly have not had a single baby in the class dislike it and here’s why. Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less, learn more, socialize better and develop stronger bonds with their parents than babies who are not. Combine that with some music and movement and it’s like a “transitional womb.” Dancing with your baby soothes them by mimicking the movements felt in your womb. Being held close to your heart and face, while moving to music, is a wonderful feeling for a baby. In addition, slinging and dancing with your baby has been shown to help develop his/her vestibular system, which controls balance as they are in tune with the rhythm and movement you make. If rhythm and movement are consistently part of your child’s life from an early age, this cultivates a love of music, dance and other physical activities. On top of that, I went back to my pre-pregnancy weight within a few months. Plus it’s so much fun!
Check us out at www.slinganddance.com. We look forward to slinging and dancing with you and your little one!This was a guest post by Sabrina Labow, creator of Sling and Dance at the request of Thebabywearingblog.com. If you would like to submit a guest post for consideration, please visit our contact page and let us know. Photos courtesy of slinganddance.com