This is step-by-step guide for parents. Explore the first six months with your baby step by step; encourage new skills with practical advice on suitable activities and games; experience the fun of learning together through play; establish a strong, joyful bond as your baby's abilities and confidence grow. What is your baby feeling after birth? The sudden sense of space and air on your baby's skin will be a shock to her senses, which will have already been highly stimulated by the birth. In fact, newborns are often more alert during the first few moments after being born than at any other time during the first few days. If you are not too exhausted from the labour and your baby is alert, take advantage of this special time. She will be very responsive to your voice, touch, and warmth. Stroking her, cuddling her, talking to her, and letting her suckle will facilitate a loving bond between you. These early moments are a wonderful opportunity for you and your baby to get to know each other. But on the other hand don't worry if you don't get the chance to do this straight away - there will be plenty of time in the coming weeks and months.