The Best Places to Exercise with Your Baby or Toddler in Pittsburgh and Beyond

Since I’ve had my son, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate him into workouts so we can still have that bonding time without having to sacrifice what little time I may have for rest and relaxation.  (Because, who wants to wake up an hour early to exercise when their kid already wakes up at 5am every day?  Not me!)  When I was working full-time, I typically found classes that were available on Saturdays so I could bring my son with me.  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.  The best part is that there are so many options out there depending on your interests and your child’s age or desire to participate.  

While we live in the Pittsburgh area, these types of classes can found in other locations in the United States as well. 

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Fit4Mom Stroller Workouts

Fit4Mom is a stroller-based workout that offers classes across the United States.  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.  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.  Our local North Hills Fit4Mom is so focused on building a community for moms that they often offer a play group with crafts or other activities after classes on Fridays, and you can join the playgroup even if you’re not able to make it to the class that week. The classes can be done all-year-round, typically with an outdoor location in the warmer months and indoors in the cooler months.   Tip: Make sure you have a running friendly stroller before going.  We love the Bob Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller and coupled it with the Britax B Safe infant carseat when my son was young, but I’ve seen many moms with a regular travel system and stroller too as long as the wheels are sturdy enough to minimize impact.  This is also a great way to incorporate two kiddos into a workout as long as you have a double stroller. 

Fit4Mom North Hills Info:

  • Kid-Friendly Classes: Stroller Strides offers a total body workout workout while Stroller Barre is more strength and cardio focused.  There are also classes dedicated to moms (currently, Body Back is being offered) as well as a running meet up that takes place in the warmer months. 
  • Location: North Park or The Block at Northway, depending on weather
  • Day(s) of the Week: Stroller Strides is offered on Monday, Friday and Saturday and Stoller Barre is offered on Wednesdays.  All classes are 9:15-10:15.
  • Cost: The first class is always free and single classes are $15 each after that.  Class packs and monthly unlimited memberships are also available and offer classes at a lower rate. 
  • Website: https://northhills.fit4mom.com

If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, you can find a location by searching here.

The Dailey Method Barre Classes

I started going to The Dailey Method (TDM) Pittsburgh location when I was four months pregnant, after reading that barre was a workout that could be done up until giving birth with some modifications.  The owner at our local Pittsburgh location, Joanna Amelio, is super welcoming and truly cares about every person that walks through her doors.  One of the best things about our Pittsburgh location is that it has an amazing kids’ room available, so you can get a workout in while knowing that your little one is having fun right next door.

  • Kid-Friendly Classes Offered:
    • TDM Pittsburgh offers childcare during several barre & interval classes for kids of all ages, including babies as young as 6 weeks (see below for kids’ room availability.)  The women in the kids’ room are super patient and go out of their way to make clients and their kids feel comfortable, doing anything from changing dirty diapers to holding fussy babies, so that moms can focus on their workouts.  There is also an amazing selection of toys available to entertain kids of all ages. Note: Unlike most exercises that require new moms to wait at least 6 weeks postpartum, new moms can start doing barre at TDM with some modifications as soon as 3 weeks after giving birth if they provide a doctor’s note.
    • Dailey Baby classes are offered periodically, so if you’re expecting a child or recently gave birth and have an interest, be sure to let the owner, Joanna know.  These classes typically involve traditional barre exercises with your baby in a carrier. (Ergobaby carriers are our favorite for this type of activity!)
    • 4-week Lunch Bunch classes are also offered periodically. These are drop-off classes for kids ages 3-5 and include 45 minutes of active movement and 30 minutes for lunch. 
  • Location:  Village at Pine in Wexford
  • Day(s) of the Week: Classes are offered every day of the week.  For the current schedule, check here. The kids’ room is available during the 9:30am and 10:45am classes from Monday- Friday, at 12pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 10am on Saturday.  
  • Cost: Individual classes are $23, however, classes are discounted when purchasing a class pack or membership.  New client specials are available as well, including 14 days of unlimited classes currently being offered to new clients for $49.  Childcare is $5 per class or less if you purchase a kids’ room class pack. 

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 of our kid-friendly favorites in Pittsburgh:

Toddler Yoga Story Time
  • Green Yoga in Aspinwall really caters to families and yogis of all ages and abilities.  We did Om Baby Yoga when my son was about 5 months old, and it was a great way to introduce your baby to yoga while doing stretches that targeted all the right body parts for a postpartum mom. Green Yoga also offers classes for kids as they get older and start doing the moves more independently, as well as Mom Strong, a class taught by Kristen Carlin that focuses on empowering moms to focus on themselves and their fitness. 
  • 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. 
  • Our favorite 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. 
  • Many YMCAs also offer family yoga or baby and me classes.  To find the closest Y to you, check here

Swimming Lessons

We loved British Swim School when our son was just getting acclimated with the water.  At the time of enrolling, we wanted him to be able to safely swim prior to renting a house with a swimming pool for an upcoming vacation.  Since both parents and babies are moving the entire time, it’s a fun way to be active while also teaching kids about water safety at a young age. To find your neighborhood British Swim School pool, check here

Kindermusik

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

Looking for Something to Do for Free?

  • Walk or Bike in a New Place. When you get tired of pushing the stroller around the same block every day, head to your local or state park.  Our favorite local park is North Park in Wexford for a bike ride or walk.
  • Check out your local library.  Many offer events aside from the traditional story times to get kids and their parents moving.  Our library, Northern Tier, recently offered a 6 week toddler/preschool exercise program that included running, dancing, obstacles and yoga that was fun for the whole family. 
  • Do a workout at home on YouTube. Several baby/ toddler 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.

Please share in the comments if you have any favorite workouts with your little ones that aren’t mentioned above. 

Children’s Book Inspiration:  Goodnight Yoga by Diane Kovanda  (or visit your local library or bookstore for more options!)

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