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Your Child’s Development: 3-5 Days


Though only a few days old, your baby already is able to interact in some ways. When alert, your baby will likely focus on your face. Babies are especially drawn to higher-pitched voices, so give into that urge to use "baby talk." You are introducing your baby to language and your baby will enjoy it.

Doctors use these milestones to tell whether a baby is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some babies gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby's progress.

Here's what your newborn might do in the first few days after birth:

Communication and Language Skills

Movement and Physical Development

Social and Emotional Development

Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)

When to Talk to Your Doctor

Every child develops at his or her own pace, but if there's something that concerns you, tell your doctor. Also tell the doctor if your baby:

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: June 2016


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