my daughter is 2 weeks old and often looks me in the face and smiles. it warms and breaks my heart all at the same time. but once again...my MIL loves to ruin things for me and says that the baby can't see anything yet and she doesn't know emotions or me for that matter...i could understand that she may not be able to see but she knows my smell doesn't she?? ( not meaning that my baby's a dog who can smell me or anything like that..lol)Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 6:41 PM on Nov. 6, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)
It used to be we thought that newborns could see very little during the first few months of life. However, better and more sophisticated testing techniques have proven these assumptions wrong. In fact, newborns are able to see and distinguish objects within the first few weeks. Their eyes are not great at focusing, so optimum distance for seeing an object is between eight to 15 inches.
Answer by SAHMinIL at 6:47 PM on Nov. 6, 2008
Sight: Your newborn can see best at a distance of only 8 to 14 inches, and focus when gazing up from the arms of Mom or Dad. Hearing: Your newborn has been hearing sounds since way back in the womb. Smell: We assume newborns can smell because we know they can taste, and these are the two most closely related of the senses. Research shows that new babies prefer sweet tastes from birth and will choose to suck on bottles of heavily sweetened water but will turn away or cry if given something bitter or sour to taste. Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/senses/sensenewborn.html
Answer by SAHMinIL at 6:51 PM on Nov. 6, 2008
Infant emotions and emotional communications are far more organized than previously thought. Infants display a variety of discrete affective expressions that are appropriate to the nature of events and their context. They also appreciate the emotional meaning of the affective displays of caretakers. The emotional expressions of the infant and the caretaker function to allow them to mutually regulate their interactions. Source: http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/dmessinger/c_c/rsrcs/rdgs/emot/tronick_emotions_in_interaction.pdf
Answer by shmorris56 at 10:31 PM on Nov. 6, 2008
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