Head to Toes

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Just for fun

summary:

There’s a cute song you can sing to your baby while you exercise her muscles. Turn “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” into a fun activity!

You may have heard the song “Head and shoulders, knees and toes,” but did you know you can turn it into a healthy workout for your baby? By singing it to your baby while moving her body, you are building muscle as well as language skills.

The song goes like this:

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

The activity goes like this:

Place Baby on her back and hold her legs in your hands. Gently touch her head and then shoulders while saying “head and shoulders.” When saying “knees and toes,” hold her legs straight with your thumbs resting on her shins and your fingers grasping her calf muscles. Bend Baby’s knees toward her chest. Then straighten out both legs and lower them to the floor twice. Next, gently touch Baby’s outer eye area, ears, mouth and nose.

This routine exercises the legs, hamstrings and hips and has the added benefit of soothing Baby’s internal organs.