Babies should be encouraged to be active throughout the day, every day. Before your baby begins to crawl, encourage him/her to be physically active by reaching, grasping, pulling and pushing, moving his/her head, body and limbs during daily routines and during supervised floor play, including tummy time.
Toddlers are able to walk on their own and should be encouraged to be physically active. This can include light activity such as standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as well as more energetic play such as skipping, hopping, running and jumping. Active play, climbing, riding a bike, playing in water, chasing games and ball games, is the best way for this age group to get moving.
Children under age five should not be inactive for long periods, expect when they are asleep. Keep them moving, playing and exploring their world. Watching TV, traveling by car, bus or train, or being strapped into a buggy for long periods is not good for a child’s health, growth and development. Keep them active and inquisitive as they explore their world. Curb the couch-potato lifestyle. Limit both TV and electronics as much as possible. Remember, there will be all sorts of electronics beckoning to an inquisitive child as he/she gets older, so setting limits on screen time now will help establish healthy habits down the road.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.