Childcare at the gym?

posted 9 months ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Interested to read what others say.

I have a four week old and I’d be keen to get back to my gym if my  OB gives me the go ahead in a couple of weeks. All I know is that a colleagues children loved going to the childcare at my gym, but no idea when they started going.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Can you find any reviews for your gym’s childcare online? I’d start there. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

My sister puts my niece (now 20 months, started at 10 months) into the GoodLife care when we go to the gym together. My GoodLife club is fabulous – qualified childcare workers. They ask you what you’ll be doing/what class you’ll be taken and if little Miss or Mr doesn’t settle or acts up they just come and get you.

I’d say give it a try – maybe just for 30 mins to start with and see how you go.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Gyms here don’t offer that service, but I worked out with a trainer who would let me bring my son while he was small enough to stay in his pram. 

I like the gym to be my space though so I tend to go in the evening when Darling Husband is back from work. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I seriously wouldn’t leave a six week old baby with a stranger at gym.

However I get wanting to working out. 

Kayla Itsines Sweat app is amazing and many of the programmes can be done from home. They also have a post pregnancy programme. 

I’ve been doing her programme for 3 months and been getting amazing results.  Also I’ve just invested in 4 resistance bands and I can’t wait to use them. They’re great for doing squats,  lunges and many exercises at home.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’d go in to the daycare and find out more information, meet the people that will be looking after your child, see what goes on there and see if. You feel comfortable enough with them to leave your child with them 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I took my son when he was about 8-9 months,  but he wouldn’t settle so they’d keep coming to get me. I was rarely able to finish. But there’s so many personal factors in that, and hopefully your experience will be better!

With my second I’ve been doing beachbody when the kids nap. I find it’s a lot easier to carve out 30 minutes somewhere in the day. But that’s just personal preferences again.

Id go and meet them…they have to be qualified,  but the hours are basically part time,  so our gym had lots of turnover.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I used to work at a gym daycare centre (not GoodLife though). I thought it was an amazing service and I will definitely be bringing my own kids there. Not sure if they have this at GoodLife, but there were cameras everywhere so you could watch your LO on your tv screen the whole time you were working out (if on a cardio machine). There was also a separate room for babies vs. kids, and a max capacity for the baby room so it was smart to book your spot in advance. We definitely had some babies as young as 8 weeks there but they were mostly the children of other staff. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

lifeisbeeutiful :  we have one at our local gym and it’s fine. They literally do NOTHING besides watch the kid and play though. You need to tell them where in the gym you’ll be (pool, weight room, yoga class, whatever) and if the kid needs to be fed or changed they come and get you. 6 weeks is a bit young though – I think we did it when she was 4 or 5 months. The only thing that sort of pissed me off about ours was that they didn’t allow you to breastfeed (even though they have big comfy rocking chairs in there…) in the actual daycare area because “there are children here”. Major eyeroll. So I sat in a chair in the front lobby instead where literally every man, woman, and child entering the building could see me.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

The gym in our old city didn’t have childcare which totally stunk.  I hardly got to go and it was really affecting my mental state.  We moved about two months ago and our new gym does have childcare.  My daughter is 14 months and I’ve been taking her there for about two months and she loves it! I don’t know if the staff there are certified or whatever, they look like college-age girls, but they are very sweet.  It looks like they just play with the kids and supervise.  If there is a a very young baby they usually just sit in a rocking chair and hold it.  I’m not sure I would bring a 6-week old only because of all the germs and the baby not having vaccines yet; I would probably wait until 4-5 months just for that reason. My daughter got sick twice after I started bringing her there after previously having no illnesses. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Can’t believe the didn’t let you breastfeed in a day care facility. Here you can breastfeed anywhere you want (except the House of Commons where the law was made 🤷🏼‍♀️) LilliV :  

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

Twizbe :  here in Massachusetts you can breastfeed anywhere you are legally allowed to be otherwise. I told them as much but it was a couple of teenagers and they were like “well, we’re just saying that’s what our boss said” so I gave them a teaching moment but didn’t push it. I was literally right outside the daycare door in the main lobby of the gym. I rarely used a cover (only when she would get distracted and I wanted her to focus and finish eating), but I normally would be somewhat discrete. I sat facing the entire lobby with my full boob out that day lol. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

LilliV :  Just a heads up – but most childcare facilities in gyms are no allowed to change your child. They are allowed to feed them a bottle if necessary.

Food typically is not allowed in childcare due to other kids and allergies. They are not real daycare workers like those that work at a specific daycare.

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