Newborn Behavior

If you concentrate on your baby and observe him carefully over the first two or three days of life, you will become familiar with normal infant behavior and will get accustomed to your baby’s idiosyncrasies. It is essential that you learn to understand his signals; stay with him as much as possible, to watch him, nurse him, and play with him.

If you observe him closely you may notice that he does several unexpected things: he may shiver quite suddenly for no reason; he may make so many snuffling noises that you wonder if his nose and air passages are blocked; he may even stop breathing altogether for several seconds. None of these behaviors is abnormal. In the first weeks of life your baby will be given a hearing screening test ...

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