Getting Active Play Right from 3 Months
Television or other electronic media (screen time)
It is recommended that children younger than two years of age have no screen time. This means no time watching television, DVDs, using computers, iPads, iPhones or any other electronic games. Research has found that watching television and other screen time:
- reduces the amount of time children have for active play, social contact with others and chances for language development
- affects the development of a full range of eye movement
- reduces the time they can stay focused.
Television and other screen time have not been shown to have any health, intellectual or language benefits. Remember: Off and Running
Playing with your baby
Playing with your baby helps develop their brain and body. Every baby is different and will reach milestones at different times. Try not to compare your baby with other babies of the same age.
Ideas for playing with your baby starting from birth include:
Strengthens the moving and exploring muscles — legs, arms, back and neck!
At home: Place baby on their tummy for 5—10 minutes at a time. This time can increase as their muscles strengthen and tummy time gets easier. Try placing a mirror, blowing bubbles or rolling a ball in front of your baby for distraction. You can also lie on your tummy face to face with your baby and smile and chat to them.
Helps develop muscle strength, balance and eyes strength.
Action: Lay baby on their back and gently lift a leg (not too high) while holding the other leg down and gently roll them to their tummy using the lifted leg.
Sitting up helps develop strength, balance and coordination. Your baby will develop the strength in their back and neck to hold themselves upright in a sitting position before develop the balance to avoid toppling over. Once your baby has developed this strength to sit up with assistance you can help them develop their balance.
Action: Prop your baby in sitting position where they are supported with pillows or sitting between your legs on the floor. Try having your baby reach forward or to the side (just a little) for an object. This is a great opportunity to let your baby play with a toy on wheels which teaches them the idea of movement.
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