Going to the Gym with Baby

Darlene - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi! I am a first time SAHM with a nearly 7 month old baby. Winter is coming sooner then we think and with the regular flu and the swine flu will be spreading. I go to the gym 4x a week to try to stay sane and healthy but I go when my husband is available to watch our little boy. I would like to go to the gym whenever and leave Jake in their supervised play room for at least an hour. I am not sure if he is too young to be joining the others? And contracting illnesses during the worst season of the year? Especially with the new swine flu that they predict will attack many of us this Winter. He had his first cold at 2 months and it went away after about a week or so. But he has not contracted anything else thereafter. Your advice??

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Debbie - posted on 09/10/2009

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With kids that young they are usually only with kids in that age group when taken to a gym. Most gyms have a baby section that ranges from 6 weeks to 1 year. I wouldn't worry too much. It is usually the older kids that have more problems spreading germs and viruses. Bring your own toys for him to play with and make sure the person caring for him knows he is only allowed to play with his. This way you don't have to worry about whose mouth was on the toy before your sons was.

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Fernanda - posted on 01/24/2014

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I will like go to gym but I don't have anyone to stay home I've my children,any one can help me to find gym cud I enjoy and baby too please???Thanks

Karen - posted on 01/22/2011

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Dont worry too much. As long as he have all the necessary vaccines he'll be fine. Most of the time, kids in gym childcare go along with their age group and the people in charge keep the babies in a separate area.

Alexis - posted on 01/21/2011

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Unless he has an immunity problem it doesnt really matter if he is introduced to others, in fact it may help him socially. However I wouldn't purposely put my child with someone who is sick either. I would say its ok as long as neither one of you are sick\showing symptoms and when you get there no other kids are sick\showing symptoms. Try asking them what their policy is on kids being there when they show symptoms of being sick. They may refuse kids who are showing symptoms and send them home, which will help reduce the spread of illness. It is really up to you, but I see nothing wrong with it, many kids are in daycare for hours at this age because mommy has to go back to work.

Nikki - posted on 01/21/2011

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does anyone know of a gym in East County San Diego that will watch an infant? I go to 24 hour and they have to be 6 months to go there.

Cristina - posted on 01/18/2011

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I have been going to the gym with my little girls since they were 3 months, they are now 13 and 27 months. They've never been ill from direct exposure at the gym and have rarely been sick, but this could be from a variety of factors: I still nurse them, they aren't in daycare, and the policy at the gym nursery is to not bring sick kids there or you can lose your gym membership. So, it would be wise to ask the gym first what their policy is on this. However, I haven't really been concerned about colds or usual flu strains since these germs do build up their immune systems in the long-run. It is a pain having to care for a sick child but at the same time, exposure to certain viruses and bacteria is inevitable, so if they aren't getting sick now as babies, they will be catching lots of bugs once they do start school!

Christina - posted on 09/10/2009

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Go for it! I started taking my daughter who is now 3 yrs. to the gym when she was 2 mos. old. The staff is competent, it is a family style gym set up like a childcare center.. I absolutely was neurotic about germs and virus.. I still did it.. she had more colds and such more commonly once she was up and about with other toddlers. My daughter still picks up anything and puts it in her mouth and I figured out I had to let go of the germ concerns because I would be a mess with how much she does this! I took her to the Gym when there were less children, so perhaps you can look into when they have the least amount of kids there? Our time was during lunch time after her morning nap. Also, ask about their sterilizing techniques and policies, too. Your child and yourself will be more exposed because of the winter coagulation of indoor germs, but you will likely be just fine. My daughter has had a lot of colds the past two years, but I figured that it could have been from anywhere we were, including the germs our family might have transferred to her! The upside is that your daughter will be building her immunity and you will be building a healthier mind and body! :)

Kris - posted on 09/10/2009

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I think there other options staying fit and healthy other than going to Gym, best advice, always think your kid safety.

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