From tummy time to bicycling, these are the most effective exercises for your baby to help them grow up healthy and strong.
Every little movement your baby makes – whether it’s kicking their little legs, reaching for an object, or wriggling around while getting their nappy changed – is their way of building their muscles. And according to experts, the more physical activity your bub undergoes in a day, the better it is for their motor development. Here’s how you can help keep your baby healthy and active:
We all know the importance of tummy time in helping build the muscles in their neck, arms, shoulders, back, and stomach. To find out how to make the most of tummy time from when your baby is a newborn, click here.
Moving your bub’s legs in a cycling motion will not only help them alleviate gas, but also aid in working their legs, hips, knees, and abs. Remember not to overwork your little one’s legs, though. Use their legs to make a pedal-like motion and repeat three to five times between breaks. As long as your baby is smiling and cooing, then know they’re enjoying it.
To strengthen your baby’s shoulders, core, arms, and back, try lift them up into the sitting position. While you will be doing most of the heavy lifting, your baby will naturally flex their abdominal muscles and work to keep her head in alignment with their body, which helps strengthen the muscles and build balance.
At around 3 to 4 months, your baby will probably start grasping at objects. This is great for their eye-hand coordination and in building their arms and hands. Whether it’s during tummy time or while they are sitting in their high seat, encourage your bub to lift and drop objects by placing them in front of them. Demonstration is key to showing them how it’s done.