Baby Development New Baby

Baby Development New Baby

Your newborn baby

Baby Development New Baby: He will use his senses to explore the world around him

Baby Development New Baby


New babies are near sighted so your new baby will be able to focus best on things which are about 10 inches from their face.

New babies are designed to be held close so they can focus on a face for reassurance and to feel safe.


Your baby will like:

People’s faces and eye contact

Bright colours and patterns

The contrast of light and dark


Baby Development New Baby


Unborn babies can hear from about the 25th week of pregnancy

New babies can distinguish between different voices and they can tell which direction a sound is
coming from.

Your baby will like:

Your voice
Being softly spoken to



New babies are very sensitive to touch.

Your baby will like:

To be held close
To be comforted and rocked
Having his skin stroked
Soft fabric
Skin to skin cuddles


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Your baby is born with a full set of taste buds, 
which need to develop.

Your baby will like:

Sweetness – which is why breastmilk is sweet
The different tastes in breastmilk, which is affected by your diet.





New babies are sensitive to the smell of their mum and her breastmilk.

Your baby will like:

You to be close
Sweet, pleasant smells





Janine - Birth & Baby Network

Baby Development New Baby: what does your new baby need?

Lots of physical contact, eye contact, being softly spoken to

Food on demand

To be comforted when he needs it

To feel safe

Gentle stimulation and the opportunity to have a kick 
and to move on a floor mat




Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt


Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting


About Janine 664 Articles
As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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