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Even Infants Need Physical Activity

An infant needs to be active but can't exactly get up, go out and move around. However, parents can do much to help their babies stay active.

Physical activity is important to infants' normal maturation process. Infants who are sedentary tend to roll over, crawl and walk later than babies who receive physical stimulation.

Help your child be active by playing pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo. Giving infants freedom of movement also encourages them to search their environments and learn about their surroundings.

Playpens and infant seats have their place, but - always under supervision - let your infant move around freely. And playing with babies helps them see you value physical activity as well.

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