Your baby may be tiny, but that doesn’t mean her character isn’t already starting to come into its own
Even though it seems like only yesterday she was in your tummy, during the first three months of your baby’s life, her personality and character is already starting to form.
From signs of tetchiness when she’s had too many visitors, to that first cheeky giggle, you’ll soon start to see the individual she really is.
Gauging and spotting the signs of this are all part of the bonding process and can make getting to know her even more exciting.
Your close bond with your baby is integral to her development, as it’s the first emotional connection she’ll feel.
‘The bond starts on her side as soon as you hold your baby. She feels secure and contained, just like when she was in the womb,’ says Claire Halsey, author of Baby Development Everything You Need to Know.
You’ll probably spot your baby’s first smile between three and seven weeks old
‘This bond then grows through touch, eye contact and mirroring.’
When it comes to her sense of humour, you’ll probably spot your baby’s first smile between three and seven weeks old, but she won’t laugh until at least around three months. This is because she’s trying to mirror your facial expressions at this stage more than finding you hilarious – not that you aren’t, of course!
Help your baby’s personality develop
Want to get her to smile? Hold her close and make different facial expressions for her to copy.
Get dad involved, too. While everyone talks about the importance of the mother-baby bond, it’s vital he gets a look-in as well – after all, he’s a key player in building your baby’s emotional confidence.
‘Get your partner to have skin-to-skin time with your baby, so she becomes familiar with his smell,’ says Claire.
That could be everything from nappy changing and bathing to soothing and cuddles.