Did you know?
Within a few days, babies can start smiling when people smile at them.
- Provide ways for your baby to see, hear, move freely and touch you. You should see your baby’s arms and legs move in disconnected ways. Slowly your baby will learn how to control her movements.
- Look into your baby’s eyes and smile in response to his smiles. You should see your baby react positively to your facial expressions, movements and gestures.
- Talk to your baby in soft tones and ‘baby talk’. Both the father, mother and other caregivers should communicate with the newborn. You will notice that she can hear and will soon start memorizing and copying your words.
- Gently change the sound of your voice. Make it slower/quicker, higher/lower, or quieter/louder. You should observe reactions from your baby’s face and body, and notice him interacting with you.
- Place your baby on her tummy and shake a rattle or bell in front of her. Slowly lift the rattle just a little and encourage her to lift her head and shoulders to watch it move. Doing so helps your baby follow the rattle with her eyes, and practice lifting her head and shoulders.
- Gently soothe, stroke and hold your child. You will see your baby comforted, happy to be held and cuddled.
- Do skin to skin contact. Feeling, hearing and smelling your presence should provide your baby with a sense of calm and security.