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What Joe Wicks has learned since becoming a dad

Joe Wicks, aka, The Body Coach, is a very busy man indeed. Not only is he a fitness coach, presenter and author, but he's also a proud dad to daughter Indie, 11 months. 

He's even found the time to launch new project Wean In 15 (clever, huh!), which is an Instagram page full of clever weaning ideas. 

Here are 7 important lessons Joe Wicks has learned since becoming a dad. 

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1) A baby is the ultimate commitment

I always thought I'd be a young dad. My mum had me and my brother quite young so I just had this vision of me as a dad in my 20s.

But when the time came, I just wasn't ready. Then I met Rosie and we were super in love and really happy in our relationship.

My parents were never married, so I never really believed in marriage, so I always said to Rosie: 'the main commitment for me, is having a child with you.'

That's a complete and ultimate bond between two people. So she got pregnant first and then we were engaged!
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2) Women are amazing

  We went to all the NCT classes and I found it really fascinating. I think it's incredible what the body and all the hormones do.

I told Rosie before the birth: 'I'm not going to look down there, I'm just going to hold your hand and be right by your side.'

But when it came down to it, I was like, 'Come have a look! You can see the head!'

I wasn't grossed out, I was completely amazed by what was happening. Rosie was so strong, it's incredible what women go through. It makes you have a real respect for the female body afterwards.
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3) Being a parent is a full-time job

Indie is just like me when I was a kid, really hyperactive with a short attention span. She won't just sit there drawing, she's all over the place.

I had her on my own at the weekend while Rosie went on her hen do and it’s another level of energy!

I'm used to keeping fit and moving around but it's mentally draining having a baby full-time like that. I have massive respect to people who do that all day, every day, seven days a week.
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4) Baby carrying is the best

Carrying Indie is one of my favourite things and I love my baby carrier.

I had a wrap when she was first born and we would do skin to skin. It was a really warm summer so we'd walk around to get as many cuddles as possible.

Now we have an Ergo baby carrier and I really enjoy the closeness that we get.  
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5) Travelling with a baby is possible

Travelling is something I’ve always done. Me and Rosie love seeing the world and I didn’t want that to stop when we had Indie.

We took her to Costa Rica recently and we rented a car, booked the first few nights of our hotels and then we just said 'Right, Trip Advisor! Where shall we go next?'

It's obviously slightly different now, you can't go jet-skiing together or boozing until 2am, but we'll just take it in turns if there's certain activities we want to do.

I don't get stressed out by sleeping patterns or what she's going to eat, as I think if you spend your life like that, it becomes stressful and you're anxious all the time and then the baby becomes anxious.
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6) My career has taken a surprising turn

My books are called Lean in 15 and two years ago, before Indie had even been born, my brother joked that one day I should do a cookbook called 'Wean in 15.'

We had a laugh but then one day, my publisher asked: ‘Do you fancy doing it?' And I thought, why not?

There's not really been anyone from a male perspective talking about weaning with an up to date modern approach so I'm working on the book with a really great nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed.

I want to help people in a non-judgmental way and for parents to feel relaxed about weaning and to enjoy it!
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7) Food needs to work for the whole family  

I've realised that if you're not eating the same food as your baby, it's quite a lot of hassle so I'm trying to make things that Indie and I can both eat together.

For lunch, I might make a really lovely big frittata with eggs, peas, spinach, baby tomato, paprika and cheddar cheese.

I’ll cut it into little squares so Indie can have some too and we'll sit and eat together which I think is a really positive thing to do with your kids.

Follow Joe on Twitter and Instagram at @thebodycoach and @weanin15_ on Instagram. 

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  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Senior Writer

Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for three years, Emily trained as a journalist at Northumbria University. She writes the magazine’s news and product pages, features and celebrity franchise, Now I’m a Mum, where she has interviewed mums such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More


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