Interacting With Your Premature Baby

In the days and weeks after birth you will start to recognise the various cues your baby gives that will let you know how he/she is feeling. Learning to understand your baby’s cues can be helpful in knowing how to respond to your baby. Sleep and rest are important for the growing baby so wait until your baby is awake and relaxed before trying to engage his/her attention.

Trying to read any small babies behaviour/cues is not easy. At first you may feel unsure, but you will soon become more confident as time passes.

Some of the common signs that suggest your baby maybe ready to be touched, settled or fed include;

  • a relaxed facial expression
  • putting hands to his/her mouth
  • holding your finger or grasping an object
  • clasping his/her hands
  • crying

Some common signs that suggest your baby is trying to avoid being touched, fed or is becoming upset you may notice a few of the following signs;

  • baby avoids eye contact with you
  • baby’s face looks worried/wrinkled
  • baby splays (stretches out) his/her fingers
  • baby wriggles and squirms (fussy fashion)

As your relationship grows with your baby over time you will know him/her better than anyone.

The subject matter provided in these articles is strictly for informational purposes alone and should never be used in the place of a doctor’s advice. Please ALWAYS contact your doctor if you ever have questions or need advice in any area where medical advice is needed or medication is suggested.