One of the basic needs of the newborn is physical contact . Babies receive their first stimuli through their reference figures (the mother, in the first place, and the father), therefore it is essential that you take a few minutes a day to play, talk and exercise with your baby.
We are going to recommend some early stimulation exercises for your baby from 0 to 6 months that will help him gain flexibility and strengthen muscle tone, which will prepare him to explore the environment.
You should do them at a time of day when the baby is calm and receptive, respecting his feeding and sleeping hours. You can start with five minute sessions and increase the time . They should not last more than ten minutes.
From 0 to 3 months
Even when they are very young, in the first trimester of life you can begin to do some gentle exercises that will help them gain mobility, discover new sensations and awaken their first stimuli.
- Take his hands and feet and play with his fingers, one by one.
- Perform hand and foot massages
- Lying on your back, grab the soles of your feet and bring your knees to your chest. Repeat 5 times with each leg and gradually increase the frequency.
- Lying on your back, take your hands and make circle movements with your arms.
- Lying on his back, show him a colored toy at a distance of 30 cm from his eyes and move him from side to side so that he follows it with his head.
- Lying on your back, very gently bring the baby’s right hand to the opposite shoulder. Repeat with the left hand. Then cross both arms over your chest.
From 3 to 6 months
As the baby grows and gains motor skills, we will gradually add more complex ones to the exercises mentioned above. We can also start doing exercises upside down so that you gain strength in your neck muscles, very little by little and always respecting your willingness to do them.
- Lying on your back, gently do the bike motion with your legs.
- Hold their hands and play clapping.
- Lying on his back, bend one leg while extending the other and help him roll to the side of the extended leg. Do it again with the other leg.
- Lying on his back, take him by the arms and slowly raise him up to a sitting position.
- Lying on his stomach, place some toys in front of him so that he tries to reach them.