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Your baby can see about a foot away, 30cm, and although his vision is blurred, he can watch your face. He'll be more responsive to faces than anything else in the first week.

The eye's retina cells aren't yet fully developed, so colours look muted to your baby.  A black and white mobile above the changing table is about the only 'toy' that a newborn will notice.

Your baby will be familiar with your voice from when he was in the womb, and will quickly get to know your smell so will feel more comforted in your arms than in other people's.

If you touch your baby’s palm, he'll grasp your finger. He'll also curl his toes when you touch the sole of his foot. These are primitive reflexes that babies are born with.