Video on Your Newborn Baby's Development
In the initial days, your new born does not appear to be active. All he does is sleep, wake up for a feed, cry and fuss. Slowly he will begin to react to sights, sounds and people. He can clearly see an object at a distance of eight to ten inches from his eyes. After about six weeks, he will imitate your actions at attempt smiling at you. At about eight weeks, your newborn smiles more naturally. He rests in a symmetrical position and this is a normal stage of brain development. His head will be wobbly when you hold him upright and he has less control over his muscles. Yet he has some reflexes at this age. If he hears loud noises, he moves his arms outwards and inwards accompanied by a grimace or cry. Your newborn has tightened fists. But when you take your finger towards them, they open out and grasp your finger. He may soothe himself by sucking his hand or finger. But you can do your little bit to help him by rocking him or offering a pacifier.