Be Like a Baby and Improve Your Health

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A few weeks ago, I was following my daughter around the park. She just learned to walk 2 months ago so she still stumbles sometimes. That doesn’t stop her. She walks everywhere, exploring her newfound freedom. It got me wondering how many steps she actually takes in a day. In an experiment to prove that we should all be more like babies in order to stay healthy, I put a Fitbit on her for 5 days. I took it off her when I carried her around for more than a minute and put it back on her when she was running around.

 

Baby Fitbit

 

Move Like a Baby
I’ve had a Fitbitfor almost 2 years. It’s been great motivation for me and my goal is to hit 10,000 steps a day. On days that I run 3 miles or more, I tend to hit that goal. On days that I don’t exercise, I hover more around 4K-5K steps, sometimes more if I’m cleaning a lot that day. Over the 5 day period, she had days as low as 6,000 steps and days with almost 9,000 steps. This is a 2 1/2 foot baby that weighs 22 lbs and she’s outdoing me somedays! The picture below was an average day for her, it said she walked 3.5 miles that day. 3.5 miles!! For a 13 month old! I thought about the many days that I didn’t hit as many as her and it’s pretty embarrassing. My point – move more. But you already knew that, right?

 



Eat Like a Baby
If you want to be more healthy, you definitely should eat like a baby. My baby is still nursing so obviously that doesn’t translate to an adult’s diet, but the rest of her diet should. She eats 3 meals with us a day. I make sure that her meals are balanced. She loves foods like chicken, blueberries, peas and green beans. I make sure that the majority of the food she is eating is organic as I want to be careful about what she puts into her body. She also has small snacks throughout the day to keep her going. We might share a peach, string cheese or cup of yogurt. She does have sweets occasionally but it’s never 5 scoops of ice cream, it’s like 5 bites of ice cream. She also walks around a lot with a sippy cup of water and drinks all day long. Between nursing and water, I would say that she takes in around 25-30 ounces a day which is more than her body weight so she is definitely staying hydrated.

 

Eat Like a Baby

 

Sleep Like a Baby
Babies get a lot of sleep. Mine doesn’t sleep through the night. She gets up 2-3 times during a 12 hour period. Even though she gets up, she still has that 12 hour period and then 2 naps during the day that are between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. She wakes up smiling, happy and ready for the day. If you’ve ever seen a baby after a full night’s rest and how happy they are, you know what I’m talking about. Wouldn’t we all feel better if we were getting more sleep and be more apt to wake up with a smile on our face? I get that some adults say that they just can’t get enough sleep. Believe me, I know how that is, but a balance can be found. I work until midnight some nights, take call at the hospital and wake up with the baby.  I go to sleep when she does and don’t hesitate to take naps when my husband is home or ask for help elsewhere.

 


 
It’s true that babies don’t have any responsibility like adults do, but if we prioritize, move more, watch what we put in our mouths and make better decisions, our health will thank us.  How are you measuring up?

 

 

 

 

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  1. 14

    Love this! I always joke Sawyer went organic before I did! It’s funny how as we get older we make lesser choices!
    Jennifer @ Mom Spotted´s last blog post ..DIY Mosaic Fall Vase {Easy Modge Podge Autumn Craft Tutorial} #FunCraftsWithMom

  2. 15

    Those babies have short little legs — they have to walk alot to keep up ROFl That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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  3. 16

    I’ve never thought about how healthy babies are! I definitely need to take cues after my 9 month old, who loves to eat fruits and veggies and is very mobile!
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  4. 17

    This is honestly genius! I love that you put the fit bit on the baby, that is a whole lot of moving and shaking she is doing!
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  5. 18

    What a precious little girl! All great tips. We’re a pretty active, healthy family but I never counted our girl’s steps when they were little.. what fun! And WOW! they do get around 🙂
    Valerie Remy-Milora´s last blog post ..Fitness Friday – The Secret to a Highly Effective Workout

  6. 19

    I know one thing for sure. I could use more of the napping and sleep!
    valmg @ Mom Knows It All´s last blog post ..Summer is over but you definitely still need to worry about fleas! Flea Facts – #Seresto

  7. 20

    Brilliant post!!!!!! This is a paperback book worthy piece of content. Are you dating anyone? *

  8. 21

    first, what an adorable baby! And WOWZA, she does move a lot! I think it’s a lot of the things we need to do, as well!
    Wendy´s last blog post ..Diabetes Diaries

  9. 22

    Darling post and interesting to think about!!!

  10. 23

    There are definitely things that I can do to improve my health. I know what I need to do, but I just have to do it. I wish I could be more like a baby because a nap sounds lovely!
    Crystal´s last blog post ..His & Hers Tailgating Essentials

  11. 24

    And now I want to put the FitBit on one of my toddlers. Between the fights, chasing each other, and just back and forth that they do, I’m sure they rack up the steps!
    Mandi´s last blog post ..A New Me Awaits – I’m a #NSNation Blogger!

  12. 25

    I wrote a post a while back about how Toddlers really have it figured out when it comes to food. Some days they load up, others they just graze. They never overeat, and they love water. Smart little people, wonder at what age the lines get crossed?
    Emily´s last blog post ..Safety 1st Celebrates 30 Years! #EveryoneOnBoard #ABCKids14

  13. 26

    I never thought of it like that but a baby’s life really is a healthier one. I mean the steps they make alone wow. You can also look at how many times a baby eats, they have the 3 meals but they also have the snacks. I know my doctor has told me on numerous occasion I need to have 6 small meals a day due to my blood sugars. I still can’t figure that out but maybe watching my son I can. Your girl is adorable.
    Elizabeth Ferree´s last blog post ..When Life Gives You Lemons…

  14. 27

    This is so interesting and so true! I know my girls are much healthier and more active than me!

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