How much for babies? (0 – 1 year)
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.
Do: Strategies for your practice
- Calculate and plot BMI once a year using the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts.
- Download or order a poster promoting physical activity for babies and display it in your health care or community setting.
- Write a prescription for activity and set specific goals with the families you see in your practice and give ideas for things to do.
What being active means
How to increase
How to reduce
Share: Resources for families
- Parent-friendly fact sheets and videos about healthy active living are available from Caring for Kids.
- The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has free downloadable log sheets to help parents and patients track their progress. Early Years (0-4 years) lists examples of activities that parents can do with their infant, toddler, or preschooler. They are organized by age and have handy checkboxes for tracking each day of the week.
- Help connect families with local recreation and community resources.