Since I first had my son, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate him into workouts as a baby and now a toddler. Â (Because, who wants to wake up an hour early to exercise on their own when their kid already wakes up at 5am every day? Â Not me!) Â When I was working full-time, I typically found classes that were available on Saturdays so I could bring my son with me. Â Now that I’m home with him, I love finding classes during the week so I can get that much needed time with other adults while giving us both something fun to do. Â Fortunately, there are so many options out there, whether you’re looking for ways to stay active as a family, classes for the kids or solo workouts with kids rooms. Â
The specific Mommy and Me workout classes listed here are in Pittsburgh given our locale. Most of the classes listed here have locations throughout the US, however, so fortunately you don’t have to be in Pittsburgh to take advantage of them!
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Swimming Lessons at Goldfish Swim School
After trying other swim schools in the past, we discovered Goldfish Swim School based on rave reviews from friends. The one thing that really differentiates Goldfish from other swimming lessons is how kid-focused the entire place is from the moment you enter the doors. From the bright colors to the fish and sea life decor, you can’t help but be happy walking into Goldfish Swim School in Wexford. There are also a number of things to keep kids busy before and after class, including chalk boards, books, toys and a coloring table. (Which is great if you also have siblings joining you.)
Mommy or Daddy and Me Swim Lessons at Goldfish
The Mini classes target children from 4-35 months, with varying levels within that depending on your child’s age and abilities. Mini classes require a parent to join, and it’s a great way to get moving and stay active with your baby or toddler for the entire 30 minute class. Goldfish focuses on water safety and conditioning in addition to the traditional movements. After just five classes, I can already see a huge difference in his ability to follow the movements and his comfort with the water in general. At 2 years old, the pace is also perfect for him, with continuously new exercises and fun props form the minute class starts.
If you’re looking for a fun place to swim with the whole family, Goldfish Swim School in Wexford also offers several Family Swim sessions throughout the week. Family swim is $5 per swimmer with a max of $15 per family. Family Swims at Goldfish are a great way to do something fun with the family all year round or introduce your child to the pool prior to starting swim lessons.
- Location: 160 Lake Drive, Wexford, PA 15090
- Class Schedule: Classes available daily at varying times in the morning, afternoon and evening (It’s also easy to reschedule classes online, in person or on the phone)
- Cost: Group lessons are $96/ month plus a one time registration fee
- Website: https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/wexford/?L=true
Toddling Traveler is a Goldfish Swim Ambassador and received complimentary classes in exchange for review. As always, all onions are our own.
Fit4Mom Stroller Workouts
Fit4Mom is a stroller-based workout that offers classes across the United States. Â Locally in Pittsburgh there are two locations, the North Hills Fit4Mom that we go to, and the Bethel Park Fit4Mom location in the South Hills. Â Depending on the location, they offer a combination of barre based and cardio based workouts, as well as workouts tailored to prenatal and postpartum recovery. Â The classes can be done all-year-round, typically with an outdoor location in the warmer months and indoors in the cooler months. Â Â Make sure you have a jogging friendly stroller before going to a Fit4Mom stroller class. Â We love the Bob Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller and paired it with the Britax B Safe infant carseat when my son was an infant.
- Class Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 9:15am
- Location: Classes are held at North Park by the Boathouse during the summer or the Block at Northway in the cooler months
- Cost: If you’e new to Fit4Mom, your first class is always free, and it’s $15 after that
- Website: https://northhills.fit4mom.com
If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, you can find a Fit4Mom location by searching here.
Barre Classe Studios with Childcare
I started doing barre when I was 4 months pregnant with my son. It’s a great low impact workout that can be easily modified for pregnant or postpartum moms, as well as any physical ability. While there are many barre studios out there, I love the two below since they offer childcare and other mom-friendly options.
Bar Method Wexford
The Bar Method Wexford is a brand new studio to the Pittsburgh area that was started by two friends from Penn State. (If you’ve been following me for a while or read my post on Phoenix with a Baby, you know that we’re a little Penn State obsessed over here.) Each workout uses primarily bodyweight resistance to define your entire body, and the workout is always coupled with a great soundtrack. The instructors at Bar Method do a great job at helping you with positions and adjustments to figure out the best workout for you. The owner, Mandy, and Studio Director, Carrie, are also super sweet and welcoming to everyone who walks in the door.
Aside from the class itself, Bar Method Wexford offers childcare, making it easy for moms to exercise with their littles safe and entertained. My son loves the kids’ room at Bar Method Wexford and heads for the chalkboard every time!
- Class Schedule: Classes are offered daily Monday- Saturday; childcare is available at 9:30am and 12pm Monday- Friday
- Location: 10339 Perry Hwy, Wexford, PA
- Cost: Classes can be purchased individually, and Bar Method is also offering discounts for new members as low as $89 for unlimited classes for your first month.
- Website: https://barmethod.com/locations/wexford/
For Bar Method locations outside of Pittsburgh, see here.
The Dailey Method (TDM) Pittsburgh
The Dailey Method in Pittsburgh is another great barre studio North of Pittsburgh. TDM Pittsburgh strives to build a community of women, under its owner, Joanna Amelio. The Dailey Method offers a variety of barre workouts, including Fusion and Interval in addition to traditional barre classes. Depending on demand, they also offer Dailey Baby Classes for a mommy and me workout with your baby in the carrier. Additionally, TDM offers classes for kids including 4-week Lunch Bunch Classes for kids ages 3-5.
Childcare is also offered in the kids’ room at The Dailey Method Pittsburgh, and it’s available for babies as young at 6 weeks old.
- Location: Village at Pine, 2000 Village Run Road, Suite 203, Wexford, PA, 15090
- Class Schedule: Classes are offered every day of the week, with the kids’ room available throughout the day on Monday- Saturday.
- Cost: Individual classes are $23, however, classes are discounted when purchasing a class pack or membership. Childcare is $5 per class (or less if you purchase a kids’ room class pack.)
- Website: https://thedaileymethod.com/studios/pittsburgh
Many locations outside of Pittsburgh offer kids’ rooms as well. You can find your closest TDM location by searching here.
Yoga For Parents & Kids of All Ages
There are so many different yoga classes out there for expecting moms and for current parents to do with or without their kids. Below are a few great places that offer yoga for kids and families in Pittsburgh.
Green Yoga Pittsburgh
Green Yoga, located in Aspinwall, really caters to families and yogis of all ages and abilities. There are several classes available throughout the week, as well as some specifically cater to families and/or Moms.
- Om Baby Yoga is a great way to introduce your baby to yoga while doing stretches that target the right body parts for postpartum recovery. We did baby yoga here for the first time when my son was about 6 months old.
- Mom Strong is a kid-free class taught by Kristen Carlin that focuses on empowering moms to focus on themselves and their fitness.
- Green Yoga also periodically offers classes for families with slightly older kids as they get older and start doing the moves more independently.
For more information on Green Yoga in Aspinwall, see their website here.
Schoolhouse Yoga has locations in the North Hills, East Liberty & Squirrel Hill. Currently only the Squirrel Hill and East Liberty Locations offer Mommy & Me classes that are typically best suited for moms with kids from 0-3 years old.
For more information on Schoolhouse Yoga in Pittsburgh, see there website here.
Toddler Story Time Yoga at Riverstone Bookstore
Our favorite local bookstore, Riverstone Books, also offers toddler yoga story time, which is an adorable (and free!) way for kids to get familiar with the yoga movements. With an active 18-month old, this has been a great way for us to test the waters and start learning the practice of yoga. Parents can also join in to help teach their kids the movements, and Riverstone has a great selection of yoga books available for families to practice the poses at home.
For more information on events at Riverstone Books, including toddler story time yoga, see their website here.
This isn’t technically an exercise class, but you won’t stop moving from the minute you walk in the door. It’s a great way for parents and little ones to have fun together while singing, dancing and actively learning through play the entire time. At Kindermusik with Christa Beck, our local favorite, classes are available in Murrysville, Tarentum and Sarver. To find a Kindermusik near you, search here.
Ideas for Exercising with your Baby or Toddler for Free
If you’d like to workout with a little one in tow but don’t want to spend the money on a class, you’re in luck! Below are a few ideas for for exercising with a little one without paying anything.
Walk or Bike Around a New Place
When you get tired of pushing the stroller around the same block every day, just head to your local or state park. In Pittsburgh, our favorite local park to ride bikes or walk is North Park in Wexford. There’s a long path around the lake with plenty of playgrounds to stop at along the way, making it perfect for getting exercise (and having fun) with a baby or toddler.
Check out Your Local Library for Exercise Classes
Many libraries offer programs aside from the traditional story times to get kids and their parents moving. Our local library, Northern Tier, speficially offers a toddler/preschool exercise program. This fun program in Gibsonia includes running, dancing, obstacles and yoga. The class also encourages parents and caregivers to move along with the kids, making it great for the whole family.
Find a Workout to do at Home on YouTube
Several mommy and me exercise classes are available, including the two examples below.
- Bodyfit by Amy is a great home “trainer” for prenatal exercise classes and she does a Baby and Me workout for babies of all ages.
- Nancy Taylor offers several baby and me/ toddler and me workouts.
Have a favorite Mommy & Me at home workout or class to do with your little ones? Please share in the comments if you have any ideas that aren’t mentioned above!
For more fun things to do with toddlers in Pittsburgh, check out our Pittsburgh with Kids page here.
Children’s Book Inspiration: Goodnight Yoga by Diane Kovanda (or visit your local library or bookstore for more options!)
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