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Is Your Toddler Active Enough?

By ilanawiles |

Canada just put out new exercise guidelines for children between one and four-years-old.

I may be from New York but I still find it noteworthy that the Canadian government felt it necessary to educate parents on the importance of keeping their little ones active.

I think it has something to do with all that toddler-dedicated screen time.

Screen time is a real problem for two reasons. It has been found to create shorter attention spans and it keeps kids sedentary for longer periods of time.

The new guidelines recommend toddlers get at least 180 minutes of active play each day. Activities include climbing stairs, playing outside, walking, running or dancing.

They also recommend no more than one hour of screen time per day.

If I’m honest, my daughter probably gets more than an hour of screen time a day. We put the TV on in the morning when she wakes up at 6:30am and it’s on until 8am when we have breakfast. Then she usually gets at least 15 minutes of iPad time a day.

This doesn’t look good for us. BUT, my daughter does not sit still in front of the television. She watches standing up or while she is running around the room. If anything, I find her INABILITY to sit still mildly concerning.

Also on our side is the fact that we live in Manhattan. We walk everywhere which is one of the reasons obesity is much less of problem in NYC than it is in other parts of the country.

Plus, my daughter spends at least an hour at the playground each day.

And if that’s not enough, we dance up a storm each night.

So, according to Canada, I might have to cool it with the screen time but my daughter is plenty active.

How does your child fare under the guidelines?

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Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a humor blog geared towards new parents. She is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs and one of The Huffington Post's top 20 women to follow on Instagram. She lives in NYC with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Read bio and latest posts → Read ilanawiles's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Is Your Toddler Active Enough?

  1. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    I’m always amused by the arguments about TV time. I WISH my son would watch TV:) Sitting still is just not his thing. He wakes up running and runs all day long. I always smile when I hear conversations around me about keeping kids active. At least I have one thing I don’t have to worry about.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.” http://www.themommypsychologist.com

  2. CDN Mummy says:

    I would say during the week at daycare my son is getting plenty of exercise (they play outside like 2 times a day and run around inside quite often) but maybe not so much on the weekend at home with us. This is part of the reason I put him in swimming classes in the winter. I did read about this study elsewhere and I’ll admit that because of it I’ve put in a bit more effort to get him outside. I’m sure the researchers would be pleased to know that one more kid is running and playing outside because of them. It also helps that it wasn’t raining or bitterly cold last weekend.

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