How to exercise your newborn

Baby Physical Exercises

There are baby physical therapy exercises to help with sit up, crawling, and walking.

These physical exercises are in grades for 1 month, 2, 3 4, and up to 1 year.

The baby exercises not only help your baby develop well, but they are also a lot of fun for both babies and their parents.

The baby workout encompasses playful exercises that are fun, and stimulating, usually without equipment.

If you don’t know how to exercise your baby, there are baby workout apps for moms and dads to download, learn part-body and full-body workouts with your baby, exercises that require workout clothes or not, etc.


When Should I Start Exercising my Baby?

Exercising your baby starts from the late second trimester of pregnancy, and for your newborn, you can start at 1 month old.

Make sure that your baby is healthy and fit for light stretches, and if you undress your baby during physical exercises, make sure your room is well heated, and doors and windows are shut.

How to exercise your newborn

How do you Start Exercising with a Newborn?

With light stroking exercises, you can stimulate the brain of your babies.

Firstly, undress the baby and lay him on a soft cushion, then start to stroke his body slowly.

You can also use various soft objects such as soft toys, feathers, brushes, and stroke them over the different parts of the baby’s body.

Babies also like soft music, so you can play baby songs while on the exercise or start singing with your baby while performing the exercises on him.


What Exercises can Newborns Do?

Newborns only need gentle massage, and it can help to strengthen their arms and legs, help gas relief, and others.

Like I’ve said above, lay your baby on his back on a soft surface, massage his body, turn the baby and do the same on the back.

You can also tickle your baby, stroke the fingers and toes, and sing, laugh, and make funny faces while doing this.

After that, turn again, and move his hands up, down, and sideways. Repeat the same on the legs, and both the soft muscles and joints would be flexed and eased respectively.

To keep your newborn active and relaxed, you can also do exercises for him to watch, and at the same time offer soft toys.


What Exercises Should 2 or 3-Month-Old Babies Do?

Stretch your baby hands forward, clap the palm, shake it, sing the Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song and act it out.

Stretch the baby’s arms in a crossed position and overhead. Hold your baby’s legs and do an imaginary bicycle ride. This exercise can help bowel movement and expel trapped gas from the stomach.

Throw your baby up and catch, hold the legs together and move up, down, and sideways.

After that, fill the baby’s bathtub halfway with warm water, place him in the bathtub on their stomach and support them well with your hands so that they do not get water on their face.

Now let the baby slide slowly back and forth in the water.

Another exercise is to place the child on their back in the water, again with your arms, of course.

Now let it slide gently with your feet towards the edge of the bathtub.

As soon as the child’s feet touch the edge, they will want to push themselves off, and you should support this movement and let the child slide in the opposite direction.


Baby Exercises 3 to 6 Months

If you wonder how to exercise your 3, 4-month-old babies, then here I will tell you.

Babies who are around 3 to 6 months old usually have a lot of fun with movement exercises.

Exercise is also more important at this age to help your baby sit, crawl, and walk.

So, lay the baby comfortably on your lap and stretch and bend his legs very gently.

Take a short break and then form a kind of cross-legged position with the baby’s legs.

Repeat these exercises. You can also do exercises with the baby’s arms in the same way, thereby relaxing his or her shoulder area.

Hold the hands of your baby, let him stand on your thigh while you’re sitting, lower him to sit on your thigh, raise him and repeat.


How to Exercise a 7 to 9-Month Baby

Your baby can easily slide and lie on his tummy during this period, and would want to touch and hold anything around him.

You can encourage your baby to crawl by putting toys near him so he can move to reach the toy.

Once he gets to it, allow him to interact with the toy for a few minutes and move it away again,

Make sure your baby has enough space to play around, minimize the use of a walker and get active with the baby.

If your baby does not crawl at this period, then, it’s delayed crawling, and he may skip it and start cruising, standing with chairs and tables and walking.

After this phase, you can start assisted walking by holding his arm while he’s standing on the floor and pulling it alternately so he moves his hips and moves forward.