Early Development of Your Newborn

What your baby can do:
    Recognize faces, voices, and smells
    Respond to your smile and touch with pleasure
How you can help:
    Talk and sing to your baby
    Hold your baby, engage in skin-to-skin cuddle time

What your baby can do:
    Use sounds, facial expressions, and body movements to tell you "how" she is feeling
    Show you when she wants to play and when she wants a break
How you can help:
    Watch your baby and learn her signals
    Respond to your baby's signals, and encourage more signals

What your baby can do:
    Grip your finger or a toy you put in her hand
    Move her head toward a bottle or mother's breast when she is hungry
How you can help:
    Give your baby something to reach for and hold onto - a finger or a toy
    Watch to see how your baby is discovering her body

What your baby can do:
    She is learning to trust that you will read and respond to her signals
    She relies on you to comfort her.  This helps her learn to comfort herself
How you can help:
    Comfort your baby whenever she cries
    Help your baby calm herself