Springing into Action
Here are exercises you can do with your kids to encourage movement:
|First 6 months and older||Tummy time; playing in baby gyms, jumpers, and stationary activity centers||Condition arm and leg muscles for pivoting, creeping on bellies, crawling, and walking|
|7 to 10 months||Place a toy beyond her reach or put something against her feet to get her to push off.||Encourages crawling and movement in general|
|9 to 10 months||Stand baby next to a low table and put appealing items on it to get her to step sideways.||Promotes coordination and at arm and leg strength that's necessary for standing and cruising|
|12 to 15 months||Let baby push and pull wagons and similar toys; create an obstacle course with cushions||Help and stimulate baby to become a more adept walker|
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, a frequent contributor, lives in Orlando.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, April 2007.
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