Based upon evidence, a number of desired behaviors were identified as critical to helping families foster healthy active living for their infant. For each desired behavior you can explore the evidence, learn what parents told us about these behaviors, identify opportunities to promote healthy behaviors at the point of care, review how to start conversations and access messages and resources to support families. Also available to inform your counseling is the Onset and Patterns of Risk Behaviors during Infancy Timeline located above this section.

Active ​​Play

  • Dedicate time every day for active play.
  • Limit time spent in items that restrict movement (car seats, strollers, bouncy seat, etc).

Scree​​​n Time

Limit TV exposure

  • Aim for no TV exposure for infants
  • Avoid placement of TV in bedroom

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