Motor exercises 3-5 months
Strengthen your child's motor skills with easy, everyday exercises that do not require any tools
When your baby is between 3 and 5 months old, it is important that they spend as much time on their tummy as possible as this will help develop the strength of their neck, shoulder and back muscles.
It is also important to focus on your child's sense of balance, as a good balance will reduce dizziness and motion sickness as your child gets a little older.
Motor exercise 1
Circular leg movements
This exercise will calm your baby's gastrointestinal system.
This exercise is ideal for your child as they transition to eating "non liquid" food. Remember to rotate clockwise!
Motor exercise 2
Active head lift
Playing with spinning tops can motivate your child to raise their heads.
When your child is lying on their stomach, these exercises will help develop your child's neck and back muscles, which are the starting point for all motor development.
Motor exercise 3
The labyrinth sense
When you swing your child, the labyrinth sense is stimulated. This sense, together with eye sight, helps to give your child a sense of self-balance.
Make the game particularly fun and let your child stand on their feet for a moment. This helps develop stability in the legs and hips, which is the prerequisite for crawling and walking.
Motor exercise 4
Soap bubbles can help keep your baby lying on their tummy longer.
When your child reaches for the bubbles, it strengthens your child's sense of balance.
Other great exercises for your child
• Calmly roll the baby several times to both sides on a soft surface
• Lie your child on the back and take your childs right hand and touch their left feet and viceversa, crossing the child's center line.
• Hold the baby a little bit away from your body and let the baby swing carefully from side to side
• Place the toys a little further away to encourage movement
• Practice rolling from stomach to back. Help by placing the arm the childs needs to roll over under the body so the child can roll more easily
• Play give and take
• Hold the feet and raise and lower the buttocks until the baby takes over
• Gently lift the baby from the back holding both arms to sit. Give great encouragement each time the child pulls themselves up
All exercises were prepared in collaboration with motor skills expert Jane Mølleskov Mikkelsen from Sanserytmik.dk