Babies need lots of opportunities to see, hear and learn. A crib with open slats will let your baby look around the room. Give him or her plenty of things to look at, such as pictures, mobiles, stuffed animals and non-breakable mirrors. Your baby will also enjoy gazing at the faces of family members.
What your newborn hears is equally important. Sing, read and talk often to your baby. Use a normal voice (not a baby-talk voice). Play music and introduce other soothing sounds.
Give your baby tactile stimulation by cuddling, rubbing and exercising his or her body.