Babies learn by looking, listening, touching, smelling and tasting. Babies go through the same stages of development, but will develop at different rates.
Here is a guide to the new skills your baby will learn in the first few weeks.
smile and coo
watch your face, and try to respond to speech
hold their head up when being held
lift their head for a short time when lying on the floor on their tummy
follow gentle movement close to them
become quieter at the sound of your voice.
You will notice your newborn baby making cooing sounds. Your baby may enjoy listening to sounds, voices and their own cooing. You will notice cooing change to babbling.
Your baby will be able to focus on and follow people and objects in the room with their eyes.
close their eyes against a bright light
turn towards light
smile at you without being touched or spoken to
stare at people’s faces when they are close.
Talk to your Plunket nurse, other well child health provider or doctor if your baby has a lazy eye or squint (the eye turns in or out), does not look at your face, or does not turn to look at bright objects.
You may notice that your baby:
listens to your voice and other sounds
tries to communicate by making talking sounds
stops moving and listens to new sounds
wakes or stirs to loud sounds
blinks or cries when there is a sudden noise.
Talk to your Plunket nurse, other well child health provider or doctor if you have any concerns about your child’s growth, eyesight or hearing.
Find out what your newborn baby needs to thrive with actress Monique Bree on the Raising Children In New Zealand website, Mind & Body: Newborns.