Babies can be hard work because they have so many needs. Most important are their needs for love and attention. Babies can also be delightful and wonderful fun.
Here are some activities they particularly seem to enjoy.
First, babies like to see. They can't see all the colors right away, but they do like to follow things with their eyes.
Your baby will like contrast and brightly colored things. Most of all, she wants to see your face.
Babies also like to hear. Your baby will get used to your voice pretty quickly after he is born. Soon after that, he will love hearing new sounds.
Babies love music and singing, especially songs that have clapping and rhyme. You can use the “old standards” or even make some up as you go along.
The best way to introduce your child to new words is to talk to him as you do things, even if he can't talk back. Tell him where you are going and what you are doing.
Most importantly, read out loud to your baby. Reading should be part of your child’s daily routine from the time she is born. Point to and name the pictures in the book as you read.
Babies also like to touch. Your baby will start to hold on to you early on — your finger, your hair, your glasses, or earrings. Simple toys, like soft books or rattles, are also always fun.
Enjoy these things together.