It's inevitable, class is coming to an end and your child has had enough..."I want out!" she screams. While we know it's sometimes tempting to let your little one out during class, we are urging you to be mindful of FIT4MOM's nation-wide policy of keeping children safely secured in the stroller for the duration of class. It is very likely that a child could be injured by a snapping exercise tube or a stroller, especially if mom is focused on the exercise she is performing.
We all have bad days sometimes, if you have a fussy baby, you are always welcome to pick them up or bring along a carrier to put them in while you keep up with the class. We are happy to make modifications for you when this happens. For older kids, if you need to step away from the class to tend to your child, this is fine, too! You can always catch up to us at the next station.
For your child's safety and your peace of mind, please adhere to our policy and assure her that she can get out after our last and most important stretch – a smile. That’s when we let the children run and play, after the tubes have been put away and mom can focus her attention on her child. It only takes one child out of the stroller to set off a chorus of screams from the other children. If you feel you do have to let your child out, please excuse yourself from class for the day and try again the next class.
Here are some tips for keeping a happy Stroller Strides class:
● Bring a "special" toy that your child only gets during class.
● Make sure to bring plenty of snacks.
● Designate "Stroller only" toys
● Tickles & kisses
● Turn stroller away from mommy
● Park next to new friends
● Trade Strollers with another mom
Here are some age specific ways to help:
Ages 1 and under: Provide a "lovey" or favorite teething toy, cover the stroller with a blanket to shield some light and noise (especially at nap time), sometimes these things can be overwhelming to an infant. After 10 months: start to use a snack trap with something to eat. Be careful with your selection of snack as many may become choking hazards.
Age 1-2: Get to class early for some run around or play at the playground time. Use interactive toys such as phones, books that make sound, nursery rhyme toys, and drawing toys during class. If a toddler just won't cooperate, do not get frustrated, because they will pick up on that. Try to speak quietly to calm them down.
Age 2-3: Get to class early and let your child run around or play at the playground before class. Let them help pick songs either in the car on the way to class or on the fly at class. Try coloring books with mess free markers, sticker books, and finger puppets.
Age 3+: In addition to the above suggestions, let your child be a STAR!! Children in this age group love to be the “Big Kid”. Enlist their help in entertaining the smaller children with props you can bring from home, or borrow from your instructor. Puppets, bubble guns, books, show and tell – use your imagination. Allow your child to gather items from your home in a special bag to show the other children. If they will be passed around, make sure they are safe for smaller children, and not favorites that could become broken.
All kids like to test boundaries, and if you let them out once, they will forever be testing you to see if you will do it again. Be consistent and they will know you mean business! As always, we will do our best throughout class to ensure your child is happy and having a good time through songs, bubbles, puppets, books, pushing your stroller, etc. We appreciate your help in following the Stroller Safety rules and look forward to continue providing you with a great workout and fun environment for your children.