Getting toddlers off to an active, lively and healthy start in life is the best way forward. But how can grown-ups make sure that they set the pattern for future healthy habits when their children are still toddlers?
How CBeebies can help
CBeebies shows like Boogie Beebies get children off their seats and moving and grooving along to songs created just for them. The songs will soon be gobbling up all that boundless energy as your child starts to copy the moves.
Then, of course, there’s also the opportunity to tiptoe along with the Teletubbies or join in with them as they sing, dance, skip and stamp around in Tellytubbyland.
Waybuloo offers a great chance for your child to try out some yoga-like poses to improve their strength. Concentrating on the poses can also help calm a child down. You might just find that you are really impressed by your child’s ability to pick up quite complicated moves.
Oh, and dancing along to various programmes with your child also means that you get that daily dose of exercise (setting a good example for your child for the future too!).
How to make a magic moment
Setting up an indoor mini obstacle course for your toddler can be great fun. Just use some safe items they can crawl through and/or steer their bodies around. You could use cushions, blankets and boxes to crawl over and move around. Make the activity even more fun by placing items of clothing (e.g. hat, gloves, wellies) along the route for your child to put on - or hiding small items under the cushions and boxes for your child to collect along the way.