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Babies are naturally active, and their movements help them explore their environment. They first move involuntarily, based on reflexes, and then learn to move more independently as their bodies grow stronger and they begin to investigate the world around them.

You can encourage their muscle development, strength and balance with simple activities done with infants as young as six weeks old.

From tummy time to crawling, scooting and standing, your active involvement will benefit infants in the following ways:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Developing good posture, strength, balance, and tracking skills
  • Keeping their bodies active and learning about their new environment
  • Developing their senses of hearing, sight, and touch

The first year of life lays the foundation for further development of gross motor skills as a toddler and preschooler. So get those little bodies moving!

Steve Sanders, EdD

As a professor and early childhood consultant, Steve Sanders, EdD, focuses on preparing the next generation of teachers to help children become physically active and healthy for a lifetime. For...

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Encouraging Physical Activity in Infants has won the Mom's Choice Awards (Gold).