Your activity for the day is to put your baby on the floor and walk away. It feels a little strange to set my precious bundle in the middle of the floor, but since the best exercise is back time and tummy time I had to get used to it. Since I didn’t have any pets or big siblings, the floor was a pretty safe place for baby number one. Apparently, swings, chairs, and jumpers are for our parental convenience (you know, so we don’t have to lean as far down or keep the floors as clean).
When babies are unencumbered on their backs, they will naturally exercise with killer ab and leg routines. And without the straps of the bouncy chair, the poop is less likely to explode out. And if you need just one more reason, this gives you an excuse to lay down, too.
Not convinced yet? Apparently I’m not just making this up. Pediatric research shows that limiting bucket time is important for cognitive and gross motor development.
Pro tip: Throw a blanket down for tummy time, and keep your floors as dirty as you want.
Pro tip 2: If you have older kids or pets, the crib can be a safer place for tummy and back workouts (pictured above).