Top 5 Workouts For a Healthy and Strong Baby!
It probably looks like your baby is living a peaceful and sweet life. What your baby is doing during the day is most probably eating and sleeping but it turns out being a baby is quite a workout. When your child is adorably wiggling, for example, this is a way for your little one to work on building strength, flexibility and coordination needed to reach physical milestones that mark their evolution from vulnerable infant to on-the-go toddler. We have listed for you a top 5 workouts for a healthy and strong baby!
A good excercise to strengthen the muscels in the shoulders, core, arms, and back of your child is pulling your baby up into a sitting position. Even though you’re doing the pulling, your baby will naturally flex their abdominal muscles and work to keep their head in adjustment with his body, which helps strengthen the muscles and build balance. While your baby is on his back, hold your child forearms and gently pull him toward you. You can start doing sit-up exercises around 6 weeks; if your child is too young to support his 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. You may only be able to pull your baby up an inch or two at first, but as your child gets older he’ll go farther, eventually advancing into a full sitting position. This exercise is fun for your baby since he’s getting closer to your face, but you can make it even more entertaining by being extra energetic and giving him a kiss at the top of each sit-up.
Cycling your baby’s legs is a way to help relieve gas. It’s not only a natural method for pushing air out of your child’s system but it’s also a good way to work the legs, hips, knees, and abs. The reason why this move is good because it helps to increase flexibility as well as his range of motion. By putting your baby on his back and gently move his legs up and around, which you can see as your child pedaling a bicycle. Repeat the movement three to five times, take a break, and then repeat. Keep going as long as your baby shows interest by smiling, making eye contact, and kicking.
3. Weight Lifting
A great way to build your baby’s grasping ability, improve hand-eye coordination and help develop the muscles in shoulders, arms and hands is picking up objects. As soon as your child starts grasping at items, which is most of the times around 3 or 4 months. You can use what you have around the house, for example small toys and other objects which can vary in sizes and shapes which depends on your child’s personal weight. Sit your baby in a high chair or bouncy seat and place a small assortment of these items in front of your child. Encourage him to lift one, check it out, put it down, and then lift it again or move on to a different one. You may have to demonstrate how it’s done the first few times, but they will get the idea quickly, especially if the “weights” make a sound, light up, or offer some other reward for a job well done.
4. Tummy Time
Your child spends the most of his time on his back. When you turn your child over onto his stomach you will help building the muscles in his 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 or put a toy which your child can hold. Playing with 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. At first, your child may be a little bit upset during tummy time, but with practice and stronger muscles, he should begin to enjoy it. As your child’ strength and tolerance increases, you can gradually work up to at least 20 minutes of tummy play each day. Continue even after he’s able to roll over on his own.
5. Stroke and Hug & Hip lift
For the stroke and hug excercise you need to position your baby next to you. Hold his right ankle and left hand and little by little bring the foot and hand together. Extend the right leg and the left arm high above your head. Do again 3 to 5 times. Than change to the other arm and leg. Do it again 3 to 5 times. And then grab the wrists and hands of your little one and put his arms over his chest and embrace it. Than you slowly extend both of his arms above his head. Do 3 to 5 times again. For the hip lift you need to place your little one on his back. His knees should be curved and his feet flat on the ground. Slide your hands around his waist while you hold his back. Help your baby to raise the torso 2 to 4 inches away from the ground and support him to put the muscles of his leg and backside. Count for 2 to 3 seconds and than help your child relax back to the ground, keeping the knees curved.