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Did you know?

Your baby likes closeness and seeks contact from day one. You can make the most of this in different ways.

Carry your baby as often as you can so the two of you get plenty of close contact.

Talk to your baby – even if your baby doesn’t understand what you’re saying.

Vary the tone of voice you use to talk to your baby.

Gesticulate while you talk – it makes the conversation even more exciting.

Play games like peek-a-boo, sing children’s songs and gently tickle your baby.

Stick your tongue out, wait a second or two and be amazed when your baby imitates you!

Show you’re listening by speaking in a soothing voice, carrying your baby and stroking their back.

Baby Facts:

2-hour-old babies want to communicate.

2-month-old babies have learned to adapt their communication to the person they are communicating with.

30 cm is the best distance for seeing a face – for both newborns and grown-ups.

6-week-old babies smile spontaneously when they see a face.

A 1-month-old baby begins taking turns.

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Michelle Dodd