Straighten Up, Baby

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder

summary:

Encourage Baby to unroll from that fetal position with this fun exercise!

Ever notice that your newborn seems to always roll up in a ball? That’s because babies have spent the last nine months curled up in the uterus, and they automatically curl into the fetal position – with knees bent and arms drawn forward – whenever they are placed on their backs or sides. This is perfectly natural given that they have spent most of their lives in that position, unable to stretch.

Your baby will naturally uncurl with time; however, there are some exercises that you can do to help your baby strengthen his upper and lower back while stretching the chest and hips.

This activity works Baby’s calves, thighs, hips, lower back and hamstrings.

Walking, Walking (sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now let’s stop.
Now let’s stop.

Place Baby on his back on the floor and clasp his calves with your hands. Bend Baby’s right leg, and push his right knee up to his chest while straightening his left leg down. Gently, and in a smooth, continuous motion, bend Baby’s left knee, and push it up toward his chest while lowering and straightening out his right leg to the floor. Alternate and move slowly for walking. Pull both legs straight and down toward the floor for hopping, and move legs alternately in a quicker, continuous, bicycle motion for running. Stop movement on stop.