How to Exercise With a Newborn


Exercises for a Child, 7 to 11 Months

Hopefully, you regularly exercise with your newborn already. He's probably trying to sit up and maybe even crawl now, and because of his workouts he's learning muscle control and balance at a rapid rate. Between seven and eleven months, you can start adding the newborn exercises below.

Suggested Exercises: 7 to 8 Months

  • Toe to Ear
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    Step 2 of Toe to Ear.
  1. Lay the baby on his back.
  2. Keeping his leg straight, slowly bring his right big toe toward his left ear (do not force it), and then guide it back to the starting position. Then bring the left toe toward the right ear.

Repeat 5 times with each foot.
  • Wheelbarrow

     

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    Step 2 of the Wheelbarrow.
  1. With baby lying on his stomach, place your hand under his belly and pelvis, and lift the lower part of his body. The child should support his own upper body weight using his arms and hands. Notice that baby holds his head up and looks forward.

  2. Hold for a slow count of 3 (count 1,001...1,002...1,003).
Suggested Exercises: 9 to 11 Months
  • Mountain Climbing

     

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    Step 1 of Mountain Climbing
  1. Sit on the floor, your legs extended and your knees slightly bent. Hold the baby on your lap facing you, and grasp him around the rib cage.

  2. Lean back slightly, and let baby walk up the front of your body. This is a good exercise for young legs.
  • Hand Walk

This exercise is identical to the "Wheelbarrow," except baby walks forward on his hands. Again, support baby's pelvis and trunk with your hand.

Now that you and your baby have established a routine, you'll want to continue working out together. You'll find exercises for your toddler

on the next page, Exercises for the Second Year.

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