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Early development

Newborn babies can use all their senses. From birth your baby will focus on and follow your face when you are close in front of them. They will enjoy gentle touch and the sound of a soothing voice and will react to bright light and be startled by sudden, loud noises. By two weeks of age babies begin to recognise their parents and by 4 to 6 weeks start to smile. Interacting with your baby through talking to, smiling and singing to them, are all ways of helping your baby feel loved and secure.

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