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It might seem ridiculous to put a child so young in an organized sports class, but we have many reasons why we decided to get our daughter involved in toddler gymnastics.
Keeping Kids Healthy During Exercise
Before I get into why we believe that getting your toddler involved in sports at a young age is important I want to touch on how to safely get your toddler involved in sports.
Check out the Class
Make sure that the coach knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to the sport and knows how to safely teach children that young. You want to make sure that the coach is compatible with your toddler. Many toddlers are already a little shy and if they don’t hit it off with the coach then they may not enjoy going.
Just like any of us, toddlers need to stay hydrated during exercise. To help keep our daughter hydrated, we give her Enfamil® Enfalyte® to drink. Most of the time before since gymnastics is in the morning we will give it to her with breakfast or on the way to the practice.
Enfalyte is an oral electrolyte solution that will replace lost electrolytes and water to help your kids stay hydrated during and after exercise. It comes in flavors that your kids love like Mixed Fruit and Cherry so it isn’t something that I have to force my daughter to drink. It contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and is from the makers of Enfamil baby formula!
We originally got this tip from the hospital when my daughter had a stomach bug. They told us that Enfalyte could be used to replenish lost fluids during sickness, hot weather, exercise, etc.
Signs Your Toddler is Dehydrated
According to Enfamil’s website, these are some of the indications of dehydration to look out for in kids:
- Dry mouth
- Fewer tears when crying
- Urinates less frequently
- Less active
- Cool, dry, and blotchy skin
- Sunken soft spot
- Lethargy, disorientation, or the inability to be roused
Enfalyte is just a really great “tool” for parents to keep around. You never know when you might need it!
Wear Proper Attire
If the sport needs your toddler to have tennis shoes and their hair pulled back make sure you follow the rules. They have them for a reason and most likely that is to prevent injury.
Kids get hungry when they burn energy and calories just like we do. B always eats both before and after her gymnastics class. Usually something healthy like a banana and Enfalyte or something similar.
The Benefits of Toddler Gymnastics
One of the big reasons why we decided to get our daughter into gymnastics is because I am a stay at home mom and she is an only child. She was getting very minimal social interaction (besides with me) and absolutely no social interaction with kids her age.
We were so right about this and she has met some of the sweetest kids in her class…
Rules and Direction
For my daughter’s whole life, she has only really had to obey myself and her dad. She’s never had to wait her turn, share with other kids, or take direction from another adult.
We thought that introducing her to a structured class like this one would be a great way to teach her this. When she first started she could hardly stand waiting her turn or standing on the white lines to wait for instruction from the coach, but as time went on she got better at it.
Teaching Healthy Habits
I am a firm believer in teaching healthy habits young. We have been feeding our daughter healthy meals like salmon and veggies from the moment she could eat and she is the best eater I could ask for.
I feel like if I introduce exercise and sports in a fun way while she is young, she will grow up with that as her “normal”.
Health and Development
The benefits of toddler gymnastics aren’t only mental, they are physical too!
Gymnastics helps improve flexibility, develop cognitive skills, improve strength, improve coordination, hand eye coordination, muscle control…the physical reasons for toddlers doing gymnastics are endless!
Lastly, I wanted my toddler to join gymnastics and feel good about what she accomplishes with her body. The joy I have seen on her face every time she conquers something that she has been working on is priceless.
She has learned that she does not need me right next to her to accomplish tasks and she has become even more independent than she already was!
This is sponsored by Enfamil® Enfalyte® Oral Electrolyte Solution.