By 6 weeks your baby may:
- turn his head and eyes towards the light
- watch your face and try to respond to speech
- make cooing sounds
- quieten at sound of your voice
- smile at you
- lift his head briefly without wobbling, when placed on his tummy
- jump or blink if there is sudden loud noise, or stir in his sleep
You can encourage his development by:
- holding objects close (20-35 cms) from his face, and he will stare intently as he tries to focus
- letting him study your face as you talk to him, that will become his favourite object to look at!
- hanging large black and white images, with stripes or circles to look at e.g. posters
- singing, reading, playing music quietly to him while you feed him or are working round the house. Babies learn through hearing speech, when people talk to them during the first year
- cuddling him
- hanging toys – mobiles, musical toys, rattles strung over the bassinette
All babies are very different and will develop at different rates. That is normal – it is not a race.