It’s never too early to get your child started with a lot of things that will help their health and development. Being active is one of the things you can start encouraging early – even if they haven’t learned to roll over yet! Encouraging an active lifestyle is excellent for your infant, and benefits them as they grow up to. You can help them to develop their coordination, motor skills, and even their confidence by being active with them. If you’re looking for ways to get active with your baby, toddler or older child, try one of these ideas to do fun things together.
Let Them Move
In the adult world, there are times to move and times when you need to sit still. Eventually, your child will need to learn how to sit still and be quiet when it’s required. However, it’s important not to be in too much of a rush to keep them calm. When they’re younger, you should let them move when they have the space to safely move around. For example, a newly crawling or toddling baby will be eager to explore. Although sometimes it’s not safe to let them wander, you should allow for them practise and to learn what their body can do.
Take Baby Classes Together
Doing parent and baby activities together is a great way to bond with your baby. If you’re looking for a class where you can get active, instead of sitting on a rug singing nursery rhymes, infant swimming lessons can be a lot of fun. You can learn how to swim safely with your baby and spend some special time together. Getting started early (usually after they’ve had their vaccinations) has a great benefit too. Your little one remembers being in the womb, and they still have some reflexes which will help them to swim. Once they’re a bit older, they can have lessons without you.
Go on Walks and Bike Rides
Travelling everywhere by car can be quick and convenient, but you don’t have to do it all the time. Going for a walk or taking your bike out will get you where you need to be sometimes too, and it’s a great way to just relax and have fun. If your child is walking, giving them a chance to get out of the pushchair and stretch their legs is fun for them. And if you want to go for a bike ride, you could use a trailer or seat, or they could have anything from a trundle bike to a proper two-wheeler.
Anytime you can get outside and run around is a good opportunity to encourage your child to be active. You can take them to a playground, where they can try the monkey bars or go down the slide, or you can just spend some time in the garden or your nearest park, burning off some energy.
Start encouraging your kids to be active early and they’ll enjoy it later too. If you lead by example, they’ll want to join in.