Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Just for fun
Many babies like to move when they hear music. Here’s an activity combined with a song to exercise important core muscles needed for rolling, crawling and, one day, walking.
The following activity may help exercise Baby’s upper and lower back, head, neck, shoulders and abdominal muscles. Because they stimulate the entire body, you should take cues from your baby during playtime. Babies will turn away from a toy or activity when they have had enough of it. Respect your baby by allowing him to enjoy the activities he’s most interested in and removing the toys he’s had enough of or that he’s least interested in.
Rolling Along (sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Rolling, rolling, rolling along
Rolling, rolling, rolling.
Now lift your head up high,
Way up high for all to see.
Now lower your head down,
Down to the floor so gently.
Place Baby on his tummy. Kneel behind and bend directly over your baby. While resting your elbows at your baby’s sides, grasp his arms with the palms of your hands under his armpits. For the first and second verses, roll your baby from side to side. For the third verse, slowly lift your baby’s entire upper torso off the floor, but make sure that his tummy remains on the floor. For the fifth verse, gently lower his chest back down to rest on the floor.