Forget Baby Yoga — it's Babywearing Ballet that's all the rage these days. Well, at least in Tustin, Calif. There, you can peek into Morgan Castner's dance studio and see moms heading into class, donning leotards, tights and one drooling accessory — their babies, who are about to get a front row seat at the barre, right in their BabyBjorn.
While most kids may wind up in ballet class around 3 or 4 years old, at the earliest, these little ballerinas- and ballerinos-in-training are learning the basics of a well-timed petit allegro before they're even out of diapers. As for Mom, she gets a killer workout, toning up while carrying an extra 15 or 20 pounds of baby strapped to her chest — and (bonus!) not even having to pay a babysitter.
“The babies often fall asleep as the music plays and we are moving, and even if they don’t [fall asleep] they all seem so mellow ... The mamas get in a little sweat, some toning and time to snuggle their little ones and meet other new moms,“ Castner shared with BabyCenter.
The class has quickly started to get some viral play this week, ever since an adorable clip was uploaded to the Babywearing Ballet Facebook page. It's since racked up over 200,000 shares (and counting).
Castner thinks even the almighty Dr. William Sears would agree that her class is perfect for both Mom and baby — on her Facebook page, she quotes the famed doctor, who once discussed just why babies love dancing. "It's only natural that dancing calms babies," he said. "Their whole uterine existence was a moving experience. Babies crave movement after birth because to them it is the norm. Being still disconcerts babies. They don't understand it and frightens them. Movement relaxes them."
Alright, Mom — time to bust out your old ballet slippers and see if you can still do some tour jetes without throwing your back out.