Super Silly Stretches

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder

summary:

Limber up your little one as you sing a song about stretching.

At this age, infants have little control of their arms and legs. They flail them all over the place, even hitting themselves in the face every so often! Have fun increasing your baby’s awareness of her limbs as she stretches and listens to this silly song.

Begin with your child lying on her back or in a supported seated position (e.g. bouncy seat).

  • Gently turn your child’s legs slightly out and circle both knees, one at a time. This will lubricate the hip joints which are important for standing, walking, and running. Repeat this motion a few times.
  • Next, encourage your child to grab hold of your thumbs with his hands.
  • Carefully extend his arms out to the sides, then fold his arms over his chest.
  • Gently work through any resistance that you may feel as you repeat this exercise a few times and sing this song:

    I’m going to stretch, stretch, stretch, my stretchies out.
    Stretch, stretch, stretch, my stretchies out.
    Stretch, stretch, stretch, my stretchies out.
    and wiggle my waggles away.