- 9 months ago
I have 3 kids and used the child care at 2 different gyms and work at my kids’ preschool with a couple women that used to work in gym child care.
I would really hesitate to bring a very young baby to the gym, especially during the winter. I normally use the babysitting in the summer because it never fails that kids will pick up germs at the gym child care. I guess it’s similar to daycare though and I refused to even consider that for my son’s first winter (Sept birthday). So I guess that’s up to you and your comfort level.
Also, what level of care are you expecting? Generally the babysitting rooms are staffed by teenagers or college students and often they are not the most involved. We left our first gym after I came back to find my just turned 1 year old standing and crying and the girl in charge was just hanging out at the table eating a snack. My older LO was too young to get much info from but said that he had been crying the whole time. I think that was just a bad facility though because I haven’t heard anyone else experience anything similar elsewhere. At our current gym, the woman who runs it is there every morning and she is awesome but otherwise they are pretty hands off (although I have never seen anyone crying on their own and sometimes the girls are holding and carrying younger kids). The women at our preschool left because they were just there to make sure no one got hurt and not really play or interact with the kids. There is also babysitting at our gymnastics club and my friends have used it. One of them had a 6 month old and he cried a lot at first but I was outside the room and kept peeking in and he was being held and rocked and given 1 on 1 attention the entire time. I did hear other babies crying a lot in there but you can always see them getting a lot of attention. So now that I have typed that out I will say if you do go for it, try it on a weekday morning if possible because that is when you’ll find more caretakers doing it as their “real” job rather than a part time HS or college job. And I don’t know anything about your gym but definitely check it out and ask around for opinions. Probably the earlier you start the easier your child will adjust but it’s just so tricky this time of year. Infant illnesses are really no joke.
Other options, have you considered like stroller strides or mom and baby yoga or even just going for walks? The mall is good for indoor walks if its too cold out.