One of the most frequent questions I get asked by new moms and dads is, “What can we do with our newborn?” The best thing to do is to place him on your chest as much as you can. The first few months is about getting parents to adjust to their new life and getting baby to fall into a routine. Muscle development doesn’t happen much in this period, but they desperately need your embrace.
Your newborn will bend his knees and elbows and pull his arms and legs up to his body as if in the womb when laying down or sleeping and usually makes fists with his hands. If you pull his arms and legs or try to open his fists, he’ll go back to his old position when you let go. When opening his legs and arms, you might hear cracking sounds coming from the knees and elbows. Don’t let this scare you, these are ordinary sounds coming from the tendons and bones that are like plastic and will stop after a while. This stage will pass in one and a half to 2 months and the body will loosen. From this time onwards you can start baby exercises that will greatly contribute to baby’s motor and physical development. I especially recommend performing asymmetric exercises, as these will stimulate the right and left lobes of the brain equally.
These exercises will be demonstrated and explained.