Physical Activity 0 - 5
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:
- Playing hide and seek
- Treasure hunts inside or outside
- Riding a bike
- 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.