Now, according to several of the national newspapers, we have to do at least 3 hours of exercise a day, too! I am genuinely amazed that there are official guidelines for how much activity babies and toddlers should be doing.
Of course, it’s the parents’ fault again because you ‘restrain’ us in highchairs or buggies, and that’s now risking our health. What?! I’m afraid I just cannot believe babies spend so many hours a day strapped down that a report has to be written specifying how much activity we should be getting.
At least it acknowledges that this ‘exercise’ isn’t meant to be like adults – you’re not going to be seeing a rush of toddler treadmills hitting the shops – because often we’re not even walking, let alone ready to grapevine our way across the sitting room. That’s where it loses the plot a bit though because it suggests the activity takes various forms including skipping and riding a bike! Ha ha! Now it might be that I am very behind the times, backward even, but I don’t know anyone under 5 who has a bike, let alone can ride one. I can just about shuffle a little wheelie car.
I don’t watch television, I’m too busy emptying my Mega Bloks all over the floor, or washing my socks in Hairy Dog’s water bowl. I would say I’m always on the move, so hopefully that discounts me from this prescribed, timed power-walking!
Don’t forget to stretch afterwards!