Playing games with a newborn baby - is that even possible? Don't
they just sleep, eat, cry and poop...? (And sleep!)
Well, they do, most of the time. Almost all the time. Newborn
babies sleep for around 20 hours per day. But if you grab
the opportunity once your newborn infant is awake, you'll
be amazed by the interaction that is actually possible.
Something fascinating about newborn babies is that they can
imitate. Pick a moment when your baby is alert and content.
Lift him or her up close to your face (since a newborn baby's
vision is poor) slowly stick your tongue out. Keep it out
for a while and then start all over. If you give your baby
enough time, chances are he'll stick his tongue out as well.
He might first look away, as if concentrating on the task,
then look back at you and start imitating.
A newborn baby can only focus about 8 to 10 inches from his
face and many newborn babies are also cross-eyed. Don't worry,
in most cases this will pass naturally.
You can help your baby to use his eyes by moving a finger
object slowly from side to side in front of his eyes. A black
and white patterned object may also be interesting to look
at and follow. Newborn babies have a hard time distinguishing
other colors. But go slowly, if you move the object too fast,
your baby will not be able to follow it.
To practice the combination of seeing and hearing, you can
pick or make up a small rhyme or song that you use every time
you play this vision game with your baby. Since babies are
routine lovers, he may soon recognize the situation and appreciate
it even more.
Your baby is likely to at least recognize mom's voice from
the time before being born. If dad and siblings spoke a lot
and close to mom's belly, you child might also recognize their
Hearing any of you talk or sing and at the same time look
into your eyes is fun for a newborn baby. Within a month or
two, he'll start showing his appreciation by smiling back
and even start "talking" to you. Talking to your
baby will also make him feel safe despite his new, strange
surroundings outside the uterus.
Rock your baby and sing a gentle lullaby. Even take your
top off to allow skin contact. Newborn infants have a well
developed smell and a sensitive skin, so being close to you,
hearing your voice and smell MOM (or dad!), is heaven!
Find more newborn
baby milestones and tips here. And have fun with your
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