Babies are born with weak bones and muscles, and thus strength building is important during the early stages of their lives. Developing the back, core and neck strength can aid in their process of developing gross motor skills for crawling, sitting, and walking.
Physical activity allows babies to support themselves but can also pay off in the form of restful sleep, less fussiness and being a happy infant.
Below are some exercises that can help during your child’s physical development journey.
1. Tummy Time
Having your infant lie on their stomach can help in building the muscles in their neck, arms, shoulders, back, and as well as their stomach! In the early stages, you can start with short 3-5 minute sessions, but gradually increase the time they spend on their tummies as their strength and tolerance increases.
Engage with your child by smiling, talking, or using toys to grab their attention. Their curiosity would make them look around, reaching out and kicking their legs. This will help build the muscles needed for rolling over, sitting up, or crawling.
Cycling your baby’s legs while they are on their back is a good way to work the legs, hips, knees, and abs! This helps increase their flexibility, as well as their range of motion. Repeat the movement 5-10 times and take breaks in between.
3. Weight Lifting
Placing objects down and allowing your child to pick them up can help with their grasping ability, improve their hand-eye coordination, as well as build the muscles for their shoulders, arms, and hands.
Use an assortment of objects with various shapes and sizes to get them engaged in lifting one up and putting it back down before lifting another. Objects that make sounds or lights up will surely keep them interested and engaged.