I myself enjoy taking it the extra mile. To what further extent can you go than setting aside your own time to actively exercise your baby? Please read on since this article involves your baby and exercise!
Like everything involving babies, ‘safety first’!
Are baby exercises safe?
If you sense your baby is no longer having fun stop immediately. They’re not ragdolls! Don’t give them more strength than is necessary at least at first. Some of us have noticed or heard that baby’s heads are too big for their bodies… Babies naturally exercise, we all learn from physical activity!
There many kinds of exercises you have seen babies doing already:
The can bounce, play with others, you can get him/her excited and much more physically aware, peekaboo, allow them to crawl all over the place etc.!!
Tummy Time, The Safest One of Them All
Place baby on it’s tummy for 20 minutes a day. By 6/7 months they can roll over on their own. This is an essential ‘exercise’ if you will. This form of exercise helps with neck, shoulder and motor skill development. Sitting, crawling and walking are all hindered by not performing tummy time properly. Place some toys around him/her. If you’re too scared to perform tummy time for too long you may start with 3-5 minute sessions two or three times a day if possible.
What to do exactly…
Tummy Time, Happy Baby Pose, Bicycling Baby’s Legs, Tummy Time Remix, the Super Baby… These are some of the names that describe some of the baby exercises I’ve discovered out there.
- Place your arm between baby’s legs therefore allowing your forearm to support baby’s chest. His/her head can also then rest on your open hand. Fly them around in a gentle manner. Flying noises, train noises will help stimulate their senses. They become aware of their fears and pay attention to you, this is of course your little bonding moment! This ‘superhero’ workout they are involved in will develop both trust in you and neck & back muscles! Yee-haw!
- Place your baby on their back holding teh ankles gently. Peddle their legs by bending them back towards their stomachs or bicycling them! Just make them look like they are cycling.
- Help you baby gain upper body strength by supporting the head slowly lifting your baby to a sitting position and then lowering him/her back down again. You can also use a blanket, gripping one near their head and ascending!
Can one believe it?
Such a thing exists but this time it’s not some kind of fad. It is though up to you as a parent to decide on such a thing! No-one can force you to start and no-one can say it is just a form of abuse! The Gods will not shun you for it but if your baby seems a ‘little stronger’ than his/her peers, it’s too bad. It’s no pipe-dream, it has real benefits.
This isn’t abuse and cannot become something abusive. This form of bonding is perfectly safe and makes your baby healthier…
Neglect is leaving your baby in a carseat for hours and the list goes on. If that’s you, forget it and just do this for your young one…
Container Baby Syndrome and more..
Container Baby Syndrome
More specifically Flat Head Syndrome, delayed movement skills, poor co-ordination, ADHD, vision or hearing problems, delayed thinking abilties. What more can we say. Keeping your baby busy is the key to prevention!
“To help educate parents about the rise in Container Baby Syndrome and the importance of baby exercises, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) released the first-ever set of exercise guidelines for babies.”
Their is a definite ying/yang to this tale. You either do good for your young ones or you do harm to them. Directly/indirectly you put their wellbeing at risk. Sorry but now you know…
- Take your baby through the surrounding environment
- Place your baby in environments that encouage your baby to stay active
Believe in structured physical activity, this is when a parent plays actively with their baby!
Once Baby Gets a Little Older…
Once baby is walking, NASPE guidelines for toddlers suggest baby gets at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity and at least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity each day. What’s more? Your toddler should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time—except when sleeping. (source).
How About You?
I believe personal exercise works in more ways than one, once one family member works out, the entire family might just get into gear! Baby exercises are must of course always involve the parent or will at least require their supervision! If you choose to exercise as a pregnant mother please do so with caution. Strenuous exercise can more than treble the risk of a miscarriage. Within in the first few months of pregnancy.
There other dangers associated with physical activity such as climbing stairs which has the risk of you falling, it’s really easy!!! Though less strenuous forms of physical activity can be used such as walking, dipping in a pool and so on!
These are some exercises you can, as a mother, try out!!!
- Walking will help you regain your balance and co-ordination whilst pregnant…
- Yoga can help you learn just how to relax in labour. Don’t challenge your balance with complicated moves. Poses that involve you lying on your back must be avoided in your second trimester (around months 4, 5 and 6). Please be careful not to overstretch.
- Swimming is the ideal form of exercise during pregnancy. This is just my opinion! Slip in safelt though and you have avoided almost all of the injuries swimming can cause. Even in your ninth month you can swim and walk in a pool. There is zero chance of you faaling on your stomach and injuring your baby. Just avoid overheating from very warm pools, steam rooms, hot tubs and saunas.
Exercise and Labour?
Are exercise and labour linked at all?
The answer is yes!
Being in shape will not decrease the pain though…
When to stop
When you have these symptoms please call your Doctor:
- Pain in your abdomen
- Blurred vision
- Decreased fetal movement
- Swelling or pain in your ankles and calves
- Difficult, laboured or uncomfortable breathing
- Vaginal bleeding or leakage of fluids
- Heart palpitations or pain in your chest
- Dizziness or fainting
- Sudden change in temperature, clammy hands or overheating
- Headache, nausea or vomiting
Desiring More For Your Baby
Before babies are mobile and before they’re able to interact and communicate clearly, sometimes it can be hard to come up with new play ideas to keep little ones entertained (not to mention the adults who are taking care of them).
Stay aware of their milestones. Milestones include learning to crawl (six to ten months old), walk (about 9-12 months old), talk (12-18 months old), run etc.
When do they roll over; clap hands; sit independantly; crawl up steps or rock on their hands and knees?
Milestones In Correct Age Order
- Birth to 3 months
- Pushes up on arms and lifts head when positioned on tummy
- Brings both hands to mouth
- Moves legs and arms off of surface when positioned on tummy or back
- Grasps objects but without purposeful control over release
- 3 to 6 months
- Pushes up on arms when on tummy
- Plays with feet and brings feet to mouth when positioned on back
- Begins to roll
- Begins to sit with support
- Begins to rock on hands and knees
- Reaches for and holds object or toy briefly
- 6 to 12 months
- Rolls independantly
- Sits independantly
- Begins to crawl
- Begins to pull up to stand
- Pivots in sitting to reach for objects
- Cruises or walks sideways along furniture
- Crawls up steps with supervision
- Begins to take steps without support
- Transfers objects from one hand to the other
- Releases an object from hand with control
- Bangs objects together
- Holds out arm or leg to help with dressing
Never try too hard figuring your baby out. Focus rather on creating time with your baby. I don’t know if I agree with one way of raising your child! Please seek out creative ways to stimulate them and try to use all the time you’ve won with them!