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How can I help my newborn's brain and body develop?

You can help your newborn baby develop his or her brain and body by doing a variety of fun activities. Some ideas for how to engage with your newborn include the following:

  • Touch your baby. Cuddling, holding, rocking and massaging are all good ways to touch your baby.
  • Talk to your infant. Call out your baby’s name. Tell your baby what you are doing. Sing or read to your baby.
  • Show your baby objects. While your baby’s vision will take time to develop, your baby will be able to see items that are close. Newborns like bright colors and patterned objects.
  • Move your baby. If your baby is active, place him or her on his or her belly while supervised. Do not let your baby sleep in this position.

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