Stimulate their sensesYour tiny little bundle may only seem interested in feeding and cuddles at first, but as time goes by they’ll start taking more in and responding in their own special way. In the early weeks your baby learns through their senses, so sight, sound, smell and touch need plenty of stimulation.
Your baby was listening to the sounds of daily life even before they were born. You may have noticed this when they were in your tummy and they reacted to loud bangs and crashes with an extra big kick!
Sound and vision
One of the sounds they got used to during those months in your tummy was your voice. That’s why it’s so soothing to them once they’re out in the world. Some babies are comforted by a familiar song or TV theme tune, especially if they heard it a lot when you were pregnant.
Your newborn will love looking at different sights, shapes and objects. But most of all babies love faces, and the ones they will love the most are mummy’s and daddy’s.
Touch and smell
Young babies respond to, and learn through, touch. They will enjoy the feel of a soft cloth near their face, or a baby massage after their bath. Through this, they learn about their own bodies and what makes them feel safe and comfortable.
Smell also helps your baby learn about their world. Some experts say babies can actually recognise their mums by smell. Whether that’s true or not, your baby will be comforted by your familiar scent whenever you cuddle up together. Later on, they will love the familiar smell of their bed or a well-worn teddy or piece of cloth.
Growing brains need clever foodYour breastmilk provides everything your baby needs for their brain to develop properly. The key nutrients for healthy brain development that’s found naturally in breast milk are called LCPs, these are an important group of fats. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can help your baby gets what they need by choosing a baby milk that contains LCPs.
Because your baby is growing so quickly and their tummy is still tiny, they will need small, frequent feeds every 2 to 3 hours at first. And of course, this also means waking for feeds at night. As your baby grows, they will be able to take in more and go for longer between feeds. By 3 months your baby’s appetite will have increased a lot, but milk is still the only food they need.
Your baby may bring back up a small amount of milk after feeding. This is known as posseting, and is quite normal. It doesn't usually make any difference to the amount of nutrients they get. But, if they do sometimes bring up a large amount, they may want to feed more often. If you’re concerned, please talk to your healthcare advisor.
The feeding support you needThe mums and feeding advisors on our Careline have got lots of professional and personal experience to share when it comes to feeding. So whenever you’ve got a question or need a little extra help, feel free to get in touch.
Find lots of information within our article on breastfeeding and visit the C&G baby club website to find out more about baby milk in our baby nutrition articles. And if you want to connect with other new mums who are going through many of the same things as you, Our C&G baby club forums are a great place to find some new friends.