Tips & tools
Early Years 0-4

Infants

Babies should be given opportunities to spend
time on their tummies throughout the day.

Babies and infants can spend a lot of time sitting and lying down. They may spend time in car seats, infant chairs, strollers or playpens. Give babies and infants the chance to move as often as possible through the day when it is safe to do so.

Infants (0 – 1) should be physically active several times a day.

Find out more from the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

For ideas to increase activity and decrease sedentary time, see the list below.

Babies and infants should not watch any screens, including television, tablets, computers or cell phones.

Find out more from the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.

Toddlers & Preschoolers

Toddlers (1 -2) and preschoolers (3 – 4) should play actively for 3 hours every day. This time should be spread throughout the day.

Find out more from the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Children under 2 should not watch any screens, including television, tablets, computers or cellphones.

Children 3 - 4 years old should watch less than one hour per day; less is better.

Find out more from the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.

For ideas to increase activity and decrease sedentary time, see the list below.

Set your children up for a lifetime of physical activity, good health,
healthy body weight and enjoyment by building healthy habits early.
Ideas for Infants
(under 1 year old)
Ideas for Toddlers
(1 – 2 years old)
Ideas for Preschoolers
(3 – 4 years old)
Reaching and grasping for balls and other toys Climbing stairs and exploring around the home Playing outside and exploring the environment
Playing or rolling on the floor Playing with friends Dancing to music
Provide a safe place with toys for exploring Try out programs at your local community centre Practice climbing and swinging at the playground
Encourage tummy time Playing animal charades Pack active toys for day care
Limit use of play pens and infant seats when baby is awake Take children outside every day Set limits and have rules about screen time
Exploring and playing with your child Stop during long car trips for play time Keep TV’s and computers out of bedrooms
No TV for children under 2 Limit screen time to less than 2 hours per day In the evening, play an active game as a family
 
For more ideas to help your children get "in motion" click on their age category below:
Infants Toddlers Preschoolers

Download the Kids in motion – An Early Start to Physical Activity for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers booklet from Manitoba in motion for ideas for all ages and local sources for information