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Physical Activity 0 - 5

You may have noticed your baby moving around and kicking lots while they were growing and developing in the womb. Once your baby is born this active movement will continue as they grow and learn about the world around them.

Parents and family members can help encourage a healthy lifestyle by being physically active together. Getting out and playing actively as a family can also improve mood and help you all feel good.

Physical activity will:

  • Help with all areas of your baby and child’s development
  • Help build your baby's muscle strength, so they can start to lift their head
  • Help your baby grasp and hold toys
  • Help your baby or young child learn to sit, crawl and walk

 

  • Be a good way to meet new friends
  • Help you to develop strong bonds with each other and have fun together
  • Develop speech, communication, and social skills
  • Use up energy and help all the family sleep better
  • Help keep all the family healthy.
  • Babies and toddlers love to move around and you can help encourage this by trying swimming groups, baby yoga, stay and play groups, trips to the park, library bounce and rhyme times, or baby gym sessions. You can find more information here: *CLICK HERE*

    When your child begins to walk confidently on their own, it is good to try and support them to be physically active for 180 minutes (3 hours) during the day. These activities could include:

    • Walking
    • Jumping
    • Skipping
    • Playing hide and seek
    • Treasure hunts inside or outside
    • Riding a bike
    • Swimming
    • Playing outside
    • Messy play
    • Visiting a park
    • Playing ball games
    • Attending preschool

  • From 0-6 months you can start encouraging your baby to spend 10-15 minutes a day enjoying tummy time:

    • You need to get down on the floor with your baby or hold them on your arm for support, so they can practice lifting their head
    • Start with short periods of tummy time and build up the amount of time slowly. Your baby may not like it very much. Don’t worry - they will get the hang of it as their neck gets stronger
    • Playing, talking, cuddling, reading, and singing together can help distract baby while they are on their tummy.
  • Encouraging baby to sit and crawl. *CLICK HERE TO WATCH*

  • Visit the Change4Life website for ideas on getting active and healthy eating. 

Who Can Help?

You can contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

See what’s on at your local village hall, church hall or school. These may have activities such as dance classes/ballet, stay and play sessions, and baby yoga/gym sessions for babies and young children.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE

Or you can have a look on the Norfolk Community Directory.

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