Any mom who longs for an uninterrupted high-calorie cup of anything in the local coffee house will agree: It's good to have an outlet. So why not do the same for your child? A little "mommy and me" time at a child-safe gym can go a long way. Check with the local YWCA, YMCA or gymnastics academy for family activities, or find a Gymboree Play & Learn class. Whatever the brand, the best classes follow a child's lead in exploring the way their bodies tumble and move, while introducing a few basic tumbling or gymnastic moves.
One thing's for sure: The play-based activities offer benefits that range beyond the cardiovascular; freedom of movement activities are sensory-stimulating, problem-solving, esteem-boosting powerhouses. Plus, your energetic baby or toddler will sleep better after a bout of bouncing off the walls (and everything else). What's not to love?