8 Must-Haves for Fit-Minded Mamas
There are a gazillion gadgets on the market these days for new moms. In fact, the baby-care product market is predicted to reach $66.8 BILLION globally by 2017. I’m willing to bet that women use MAYBE 40% of what they receive as gifts. It’s tough for expecting mothers to predict exactly what they’ll need once the new baby arrives.
The biggest questions I get asked are about fitness gadgets. “What products will help me bounce back the fastest?” “Can you recommend a nursing-friendly sports bra?” “My neck hurts. Is there a better carrier/stroller out there for my on-the-go life?”
I come from a family of seven mothers, actively coach more than 50 and have a network of more than 1,000 fit mamas. Most of my New York City clients are clutter-averse, so I started asking them about their top 5 products that help them get (and stay) in shape. Then, I reached out to my family and friends nationwide, and came up with the top 8, just for you. Here they are!
Skoogfit’s Top 8 Must-Haves for Fit-Minded Mamas
- The top of every woman’s list was a refillable water bottle. There are some really cool ones on the market today – built-in filters, metal ones for the plastic-averse and even water-bags that clip on to your stroller on-the-go! Staying hydrated will keep your milk supply up, retighten loose skin and help lose the extra baby weight!
- Clearly, convenience is key to fitness, and being able to take your baby along makes it even easier. Near the top of every fit mama’s list was not just any stroller, but Bob’s jogging stroller. Be sure to alternate which hand pushes the stroller and keep elbows bent to stave off neck injury!
- The Ergo baby carrier won in this category. Among many, this was ranked number one “because of the hip strap. The transfer of weight to the hips prevents a lot of trapezius and neck pain. You also can nurse the baby in it while running errands: who couldn’t use a time saver like that?”
- Lululemon yoga pants were on EVERY SINGLE list. Here’s what women had to say, “I already had these but found them useful post-pregnancy because they fit my postnatal body comfortably and I didnt feel like a total slob in them. The sturdy fabric held in my jiggle. And if I’m already wearing workout gear I’m more likely to work out.”
- While we’re on clothing items, THIS ADJUSTABLE BRA, called Fiona, by Moving Comfort made the list. You can undo the strap for nursing! Brilliant.
- Tummy rubs and oils were somewhere in every woman’s top 5 fit list. The most common were Bella B Tummy Honey Butter (“Zero stretch marks” AND recommended by a mom of 7) and Mamma Mio tummy rub (Mom of 3 said, “Smells amazing. Prevents stretch marks so far as I can tell!”)
- Here’s a good one: a gym membership with childcare. One busy mommy of four said, “Convenience isn’t always the best for childcare. I have to travel out of my way for a gym that keeps my kids longer than an hour so I can take my time in the shower post-workout. I appreciate the sanity break and trust a bigger, name-brand gym to have better childcare.”
- On-the-go snacks with a variety of nuts, fruit AND CHOCOLATE. “Keeps me on-track and fills sweetness cravings in the afternoon. Also great to keep near my chair where I nurse (especially in the beginning) so I stay fed!” Try Fresh Direct’s “Rainbow Delight” which has nuts, raisins and M&Ms” or “Double Feature” from Whole Foods: a mixture of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. Divvy up 1/2 cup servings into baggies so you won’t overeat. Keep one in your purse, too, for those on-the-go moments so you’re not caught empty-handed!