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Baby Moves

Movement is an important part of baby’s first year. These fun and simple activities will encourage coordinated movement in very young babies.
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During the first year, babies discover not only the world but themselves too! As they suck on thumbs and munch on toes, they explore their bodies, learn about each body part, and build new skills so that one day they can crawl, stand, and walk. Below are some playful activities that help babies gain control over sporadic movements, build muscles, and encourage movement. The use of a wooden Montessori mobile allows us to focus on one activity at a time.

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Materials

- Rattle
- Ring
- Wooden Montessori mobile
- Assortment of soft and favorite toys

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

Arms – Babies need room to move their arms. While playing on the floor, I’ll offer babies different toys (like a rattle) so they can practice controlling their arms. I’ll also hang a soft ball or toy from a wooden Montessori mobile so babies can swat their arms and reach for toys.
Hands – A ring allows babies to practice opening and closing their hands. I’ll place a ring and/or soft ball on a wooden Montessori mobile to encourage babies to practice grasping and releasing objects as they play.
Tummy – Supervised tummy time allows babies to build neck, back, and tummy muscles. I’ll place a favorite toy nearby to get babies excited about tummy time.
Legs – Babies need room to move their legs. By hanging a soft ball or toy from a wooden Montessori mobile, I’ll get babies practicing important gross motor skills while having fun kicking their legs.
Feet – Babies love to push their feet against hard surfaces. Using a wall or my hands, babies will enjoy this fun, sensory activity as they work with their feet.
Songs – I’ll sing songs to your little one that encourages body movement like “Roly Poly” and “Open, Shut Them.”