Children improve a lot in terms of their motor skills as they grow out of infancy. Most children walk by eighteen months of age. They will still wobble and fall from time to time, but they will be able to get around on their own pretty well.
Before babies walk, they crawl to get where they want to go. Even when they’re learning to walk, they often go back to crawling from time to time. Even at this age, you can start your baby on simple exercises. You don’t have to follow a strict exercise regimen. Instead, just have fun using simple things to get your baby moving around.
Your Toddler and Nutrition
Toddlers are really starting to explore new foods as their teeth come in. This is an important time to start teaching your toddler about nutrition so she doesn’t become overweight. At this age, your toddler will want to eat anything and everything that she sees you eating.
If you want your toddler to develop good eating habits, you should lead by example. If your toddler sees you eating healthy foods, she’ll want to eat those foods too. Likewise, if she sees you eating junk food, don’t be surprised if your toddler wants to eat some too.
Still, you need to be careful about feeding your toddler everything you eat, even if they are healthy foods. It is best to slowly introduce new foods to your toddler so you can make sure she doesn’t have any food allergies.
Since children are open to new foods at this age, you can start feeding your toddler fresh produce; she’ll probably love it. You want to make sure your toddler is as healthy as possible and avoid any weight problems.
Toddlers can definitely be tiring because they are always on the go. They want to do things themselves and are very determined and stubborn at times. They want to see and experience everything so they love running and exploring. Encourage this playfulness in your toddler because it is a great form of exercise. Keep your child moving by setting up activities at home or taking her to a local park full of things to explore.
Parks are great because there are so many things for your toddler to do and explore like slides, swings and things to climb on. The newer playgrounds are very safe as these have plastic equipment and soft areas under the equipment in case children fall. The equipment at a park is perfect for exercising your toddler’s muscles including her arms as she pulls up on and hangs from the bars, and her legs as she climbs and run. Your toddler won’t know she’s exercising because she’ll be having so much fun.
You can get similar results at home with a little creativity. A fun game like “Simon Says” where you have your child mimic your movements is great exercise. You can have your toddler use all her muscles in the game by lifting legs and arms, jumping, and more. The possibilities are endless! Dancing with your toddler is another fun activity that will be a great form of exercise. All you need is room to move and some music.
It is easy to get your toddler moving and keep her healthy. Your child is full of energy so all you have to do is harness that energy and encourage her to be active. It will be a fun bonding experience as well.Tags: Exercise Affirmations, exercise programs, family health, fitness, the importance of exercise, Weight Loss