How can I make sure my toddler gets enough physical activity? Health & Development

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Many parents wonder if their toddler is getting enough exercise. But, according to a doctor and other moms, there are worry-free ways to ensure your child is staying active and healthy.

Turn Off the Screens & Go Outside

"Toddlers tend to get plenty of physical activity, mainly because they are actively trying to discover their surroundings. This is coupled with the fact that they should have virtually no screen time prior to the age of 2. This leaves play time for active things with toys, books, and puzzles. Spending time in a park outdoors is a great way for them to use their energy. All children should get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily." -- Jarret Patton, MD, founder of DoctorJarret...

"Toddlers tend to get plenty of physical activity, mainly because they are actively trying to discover their surroundings. This is coupled with the fact that they should have virtually no screen time prior to the age of 2. This leaves play time for active things with toys, books, and puzzles. Spending time in a park outdoors is a great way for them to use their energy. All children should get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily." -- Jarret Patton, MD, founder of DoctorJarret PLLC, Reading, PA

Go for Walks

"We walk to the library, the pet store, or the local market to get a treat. We also go to the park where my daughter rides her bike and plays with other children."

Have Dance Parties

"My son and I love dancing like crazy maniacs to any kind of music. And, I must admit, it even exhausts me after a few songs."

Regular Play Is Exercise Enough

"Toddlers run around almost nonstop. It's getting them to sit still that's usually the issue, not getting them moving."

Head to the Pool

"I don't worry about it during the week because my son's preschool teachers give the kids lots of playground time. On the weekends, we try to go to the pool and my kids don't stop moving the entire time we're there."

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