What you can do and observe
- You should see your baby’s arms and legs move in disconnected manners. Slowly your baby learns how to control her/his movements. Provide ways for your baby to see, hear, move arms and legs freely, and touch you. Skin-to-skin contact is also very good and can be done from time to time. You will notice that she/he can hear and will soon start memorizing and copying your words.
- Talk to your baby using sweet intonations and ‘baby talk’. Both the father and the mother should communicate with the newborn.** If you see a reaction from your baby’s face and body, you'll know she/he is responding to you.
- You can gently change the sound of your voice by making it slow or quick, high or low, or quiet or loud. Doing so will help the baby follow the rattle with his eyes, and practice lifting her/his head and shoulders. In the meantime, she/he will listen to the sound the rattle makes.
- Place the baby on her/his tummy. Shake a rattle or bell in front of him/her and slowly lift the rattle just a little and encourage her/him to lift her/his head and shoulder to watch it move.
- Gently soothe, stroke and hold your child. You will see your baby comforted and happy to be held and cuddled.
- You should feel your baby secure and calm as she/he feels, touch, hear and smells your presence. Skin to skin contact has key benefits such as reducing crying