Exercise DVD for new mothers and their babies.
- Reported May 22, 2013
world’s first exercise DVD where mothers can workout while strapped to their
baby has been released. For mothers who are desperate to shift the post-natal
bulge but simply can't bear to spend time apart from their newborn, the answer
may be here. BabaBoogie is a special fitness regime which can be safely done
with a little one strapped in a harness.
The video is the brainchild of Michelle Vellacott, 39, who gave birth for the
first time a year ago and wanted to get back in shape.
But she found it difficult to fit exercise around caring for her new-born Gracie
- so came up with a way of working out while carrying her.
The program is a series of exercises designed to get mothers moving - set
alongside cute cartoons and happy tunes which keep bouncing baby happy.
Michelle said: 'You see these celebrity mums and it made me think I would have a
flat stomach straight after giving birth to Gracie. But I soon found out that
wasn’t the case.
'She was three-months-old and I just wanted to get back into shape but my local
gym said I couldn’t bring her along even sleeping in her pram.
'It was hard to fit a class in around her schedule and you just don’t want to be
away from them when they are that little, and they don’t want to leave your
'So I had a search on the internet and there really wasn’t much out there except
a bit of lifting your baby up and down during yoga, so I came up with BabaBoogie.'
There are two workouts - the first a 20-minute session for new mums whose babies
are around six-weeks-old.
It includes gentle exercises designed to stretch out muscles - and there is also
a second workout which is more active.
The DVD - which is fronted by CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell - does not
come with a carrier, but can be done with any conventional type.
Michelle added: 'The first one is just to ease mums back in and there are some
movements which are good for shoulders which might be a bit hunched from
breastfeeding or even bottle feeding.
'The second one is still fun and easy, but mums might get a bit sweatier. It’s
great because instead of having to squeeze in exercise when they are having a
nap, you can have them with you and then enjoy a cup of tea or a nap when they
'Initially I just wanted to do something that both mum and baby could do, but it
does have that element of the baby adding extra weight to your exercise.'
Former Byker Grove star Holly Matthews was one of the first mums to try out the
DVD before it went on sale last week.
In just six weeks the svelte mum-of-two said she was able to slip back into her
size six clothes.
Holly, 29, said: 'My baby just giggles away during the DVD. I am near enough the
size I was before and I was just happy I could get back into my clothes.'