3 Simple exercises for your infant

Yes, you heard it right. Everyone can benefit from exercises. Babies are active and get a vigorous workout everyday.  We have put together three exercises that can energise your infant and also hone their motor development.  

Bicycle time

It is not only a natural method for pushing air out of his system—it’s also a good way to work the legs, hips, knees, and abs. This move helps increase flexibility as well as his range of motion. Put your baby on his back and gently move his legs up and around, as if he were pedaling a bicycle. Repeat the movement 3-5 times, take a break, and then repeat. 

My Tummy Time

An infant spends the majority of his time on his back. Turn him over onto her stomach. This helps build the muscles in the neck, arms, shoulders, back, and stomach. Supervised tummy time can begin as early as his first day home from the hospital. Start with a couple of three to five minute sessions. After you place your baby tummy down on a blanket or playmat on the floor, get down on your own stomach to keep him company. Smile, talk, sing, make funny faces, jiggle a set of keys, or put a toy within his grasp. Engaging your baby makes him want to look around, reach, and kick, which is what helps build the muscles he’ll need to roll over, sit up, and eventually crawl.

Do the  Sit-Ups

Pulling your baby up into a sitting position is a good way to strengthen the muscles in her shoulders, core, arms, and back. Even though you’re doing the pulling, your baby will naturally flex her abdominal muscles and work to keep her head in alignment with her body, which helps strengthen the muscles and build balance. While your baby is on her back, grasp her forearms and gently pull her toward you. You can start doing sit-up exercises around 6 weeks; if she’s too young to support her head, instead of pulling her by the forearms, place your arms behind her shoulders with your hands behind her head to keep it from flopping back. 

 

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