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How will your newborn play in her first weeks?

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In between all the eating, sleeping, and diaper changes, newborns have short periods when they’re awake and alert. This is a great time to play with them. Your baby is learning the sound of your voice, the sight of your face, and your touch. Smile, sing, read, and talk to her, sway with her to music, make funny faces for her to imitate, and offer interesting objects for her to feel and look at. At this age, babies don’t need toys -- your face and eyes, your baby’s hands and feet, and simple objects like a rattle, shatterproof mirror, or colorful scarf will offer plenty of entertainment.

From: A Day in the Life of Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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