When you anticipate what your baby needs, you are able to read her signals and respond appropriately. Keep your baby's environment calm and pleasant. Keep lights low as your new baby's eyes are still getting used to the light. Play quiet songs or even read the paper out loud so your baby hears your comforting voice. Provide quiet times when she seems overstimulated (acting fussy or bored and looking away). You are teaching her that you and her new life are a secure and safe anchor. And in such a place, your baby's brain will grow.
Personal interaction with your newborn is the best toy ever. Show your happiness when handling your baby and smile at her. Look deep into her eyes and watch how she stares back. Soon baby will stop crying if held and comforted, and she will smile when she sees you after the first few weeks of life. What a treat! Let's take a look at more specific ideas for encouraging your baby's attachment to you—and encouraging her brain to grow!