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Canadian Paediatric Society

How much for babies? (0 – 1 year)

Physical activity

Sedentary behaviour

Physically active several times daily — particularly through interactive floor-based play.

Minimize sedentary time (e.g., prolonged sitting >1 hour at a time).                  

Children < 2 years: Screen time is not recommended.

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What being active means

How to increase
physical activity

How to reduce
sedentary behaviour

  • Tummy time
  • Reaching for or grasping balls or other toys
  • Playing or rolling on the floor
  • Crawling around the home
  • Create safe spaces for play
  • Play music, learn action songs together
  • Play/explore indoors and outdoors
  • Play with other children
  • Walk or bike instead of driving
  • Crawl, take a brisk walk, hop, skip, run, dance
  • Limit use of playpens and infant seats when baby is awake
  • Stop for playtime during long car trips
  • Set rules to limit screen time
  • Keep TVs and computers out of bedrooms

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Last updated: Jul 17 2015