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Lose Weight While Calming Your Fussy Baby!

Updated on January 29, 2010
babies dancing are so cute! but baby dancing is modifying common exercise or dance moves to more slowed, controlled movements to soothe fussy babies!
babies dancing are so cute! but baby dancing is modifying common exercise or dance moves to more slowed, controlled movements to soothe fussy babies!

What can be better than solving two problems with one simple solution?

The two top concerns all new mothers have are: when and how can I lose this baby weight?? and how in the world do I calm my fussy baby?!

And what, you ask, is this one perfect solution? Baby dancing!

NO, not moving your baby around like a clubbing Barbie doll getting down to the latest Lady Gaga track! But do turn on some Lady Gaga or whatever music gets your hips shaking and shake; your hips, not the baby

Baby dancing my daughter to sleep after a long day at the beach...
Baby dancing my daughter to sleep after a long day at the beach...

The Plight Of New Moms

As soon as I got through the first few sore weeks after childbirth I was more than ready to start losing some of the baby weight and get back to feeling like my old self again. But once the pain had subsided and my energy had returned to 50% of normal I realized that even with my energy at full reserves I wouldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, have time to detach myself long enough to get any more than a pee break in! So, I sort of gave up. If I hadn’t had a wailing baby in them I would have thrown up my arms in dramatics.

On top of my lack of time, or at least the real motivation to set aside time, I had one newborn baby that had decided about a week after being born to begin her reign as princess of my home, much to my son’s chagrin. He was never difficult, never cried, was actually angelic, to say the least. So I had no idea how to handle a screaming newborn. Finally, I googled fussy babies and found Dr. Sears' website. One of the methods he suggests for handling a fussy or colicky baby is baby dancing. This is just giving a label to something all mothers do instinctively. You can always spot a mother without her baby when you see a lone woman swaying back and forth to a non-existent beat. Now, add some shuffling feet and some real music and you are not only soothing your precious bundle of wailing joy, you are also burning calories practically effortlessly.

People often say that the last 10 lbs are the hardest to lose, but I feel that the first 10 lbs are because getting the motivation to lose the weight before seeing the results is a bit of a task for myself. But, once the scale starts showing signs of improvement it motivates me to workout longer and harder, only increasing the results. Baby dancing is what got me to lose the first 20 lbs after my second baby was born and that jump started my work out routine, I suddenly didn’t mind putting the kids in the stroller and pounding the pavement for as long as my mp3 player, or the children, would last. Now, a year later, my body has taken a shape I never even dreamed it could. I can honestly say that I look better than I did in high school, and aside from the typical teen awkwardness I was not a bad looking girl. As for my daughter, she is still a little princess. She still screams and stomps to try to get her way, but she is old enough that I can let her cry her tantrums out a little now. Though, I still dance around the house with her; more resistance! ;)

Dr. Sears' Advice For Calming Colic

Benefits For Baby

Dancing with your baby soothes them by mimicking the movements felt in your womb. That paired with being held securely in your arms, close to your heart and face is an intensely comforting sensation for a baby. Whether you swaddle your bundle or prefer skin-to-skin contact with your infant rocking and swaying is sure to calm their sensitive nerves. Of course there are times with new babies that absolutely nothing will work, not even baby dancing, on these rare occasions I found that baby dancing would at least make ME feel better, even if my daughter was only slightly calmed. And always remember that baby cries are frustrating and hard for any parent to listen to, if it gets to be too much there is no shame in putting baby in a safe place to cry while you take a much needed break!

With all the pressure of parenting a newborn compacted with the rollercoaster hormone ride that affects every new mother its hard to feel all the joyful feelings a new baby is supposed to bring.  It’s common for a mother to go through some serious postnatal depression and have a difficult time playing or interacting with the new baby. While baby dancing should not be used as the sole interaction between mother and child it helps to life the spirits of mommy while providing closeness and comfort for baby. A little activity or exercise, as one finds with baby dancing, has been a proven method of fighting mild to moderate depression, including postnatal depression.     

These Moms Take Baby To Salsa Class!

Benefits For Body

While baby dancing is typically low impact and not as much cardio as it is strength training, the amount of time a new parent is typically comforting a crying baby more than makes up for the lack of tempo. I have read that a half hour of brisk activity can mean burning about 300 calories more or less. I would consider baby dancing a bit less than “brisk activity,” more like light activity. But some is better than none and it’s a great start on your weight loss journey and can get your endorphins swimming around enough to pique your workout interest and relieve a bit of hormonal depression.

We all know the famed lunge exercise and squats. These are easy to incorporate into baby dancing. Taking the movements from a workout move to a gliding dancing movement is simple and in my experience actually more effective at sculpting muscle which is muy importante. For once that baby fat melts away you will be left with sexy muscle definition, especially in your thighs!

You can pull inspiration for baby dancing from practically any mode of movement, except break dancing, for one. But belly dancing is a whole other story! The simple, but controlled movements done by belly dancers are great for strengthening your core muscles and the hip circles and infiniti loops allow for very comforting motion for baby. Who knows, you may begin a new belly dancing obsession, it can bring some of that sexy back into your life after roughly 10 months of feeling anything but.


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    • IntroduceCroatia profile image

      Ante Rajic 

      7 years ago from Croatia

      Sweet hub. Voted up :)

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      9 years ago

      Great article!

    • double_frick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      money glitch-thanks so much! i was pretty surprised to be nominated, to say the least.

      and i did question whether to put pictures of my baby in this one, glad to hear confirmation that i made the right choice! :)

      sue adams-some babies seem to dance before doing anything else! music is a powerful thing!

    • double_frick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      aloha elayne and thanks for stopping by and commenting! you should try belly dancing, its great fun for all ages! polynesian dancing would be a lot of fun as well!

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      9 years ago from Andalusia

      Yes, dancing with baby is fun. Babies can dance long before they can walk.

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      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on being nominated for the HubNugget Wannabes! Ahh what nice baby pictures. Good tips as well. Good luck to ya!

    • elayne001 profile image


      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great hub. I truly enjoyed the videos too. I know that whle I was raising my kids I could lose weight easier, but now that I am older, maybe I need to take up belly dancing. Aloha from Hawaii.

    • double_frick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      ripplemaker-what wonderful parents you had to dance around with you! i was taught that when a baby cries a lot the answer is to let them cry, but then my daughter was born and she taught me that different babies need different things. and she needs looooots of love and cuddles. and dancing. :)

      thanks for stopping by and thanks for leaving that link, i should probably do that more. :D

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      The Rope 

      9 years ago from SE US

      Great topic, well laid out, terrific explanation. Congrats on your Hubnugest nomination!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is a wonderful way of looking at things! I like it very much. Yes, what a better way to lose weight, build bonding as well as soothe them. Mom said when I was a little girl I used to really cry a lot at certain times. They had to take turns rocking me and dancing me all over the place LOL

      Congrats for your hubnugget nomination! To vote, click here:

    • double_frick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      what a great attitude about parenting, Papa! i can say that, all thought-preventing noise aside, i wouldn't have it any other way. my kids light up my life. :)

      i'm glad baby dancing has worked for more than just myself, and i bet just as with myself your wife was just doing what came naturally to comfort her babies!

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      Papa Sez 

      9 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      By the way DF, congratulations and good luck on your hubnugget nomination. Cheers!

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      Papa Sez 

      9 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      I know what you mean about NOISY coz we have four of them. But happiness is four times as much, too.

      DF, I now confirmed that baby dancing is one of my wife's secret to losing the weight from pregnancy. I can say it's really effective.;)

    • double_frick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      i've learned more about baby fussiness than i want to have to know. :/

      no kids, ever?

      i have to be honest here, with two NOISY young children some days i wonder what that would be like! is that horrible?! LOL

      they are worth it when they are happy, which is more often than not.

    • Cagsil profile image


      9 years ago from USA or America

      I learned more about baby fussiness than I ever thought possible. Thank you very much for sharing your experience in this matter. :) Much appreciated, not that I have any plans on making one to have for myself. LOL :)


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