Development and playing
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
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
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