It is important to know that a young infant cannot be “spoiled” by holding, cuddling, and rocking him, or by talking and singing to him. Spending time playing and talking during quiet, alert states helps strengthen the parent-child relationship by building trust between you and your baby.
When babies are awake, they enjoy looking around their environment and moving their bodies. One of the first skills babies must learn is holding their head up. One of the ways babies learn to do this is through “tummy time.” Although babies need to sleep on their backs, we want to encourage them to play on their tummies. Having them lie on their father’s chest and look up into his face is a good activity in the first month. Tummy time also can help prevent the development of a flat area on the back of the head.