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Growth & Development

Social/Emotional Development

Normal Development: Your baby should smile for the first time around 5-7 weeks. He will watch your face when you talk to him at 4-6 weeks and laughs around his 3rd month of life.

What You Can Do: Let him look into your face as you talk to him. When he cries try to figure out if he is hungry, needs a new diaper, is too hot or too cold, or may have gas. If he’s tired and fussy, help him relax or go to sleep. Your responsive actions teach him that you’re there to meet his needs and that he can trust you.

Our Advice: There really is no such thing as spoiling a newborn. It’s understandable if you feel frustrated or unhappy with your baby because he cries a lot or doesn’t smile. It can be difficult to figure out what newborns need to stop crying.

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