Over the first three months of his/her life, your baby will develop from a helpless bundle into a smiling baby who can respond and interact with you.
There are lots of ways in which you and your partner can help your baby make this transition and adapt to his new world. Meeting his basic food needs, sleep, and comfort straight away and helping to develop his senses without overwhelming him, will reassure and comfort your baby throughout these early weeks. Holding your naked baby close to your bare skin soon after birth warms him and stimulates his sense of touch.
Your familiar smell will calm and soothe him. Skin-to-skin also helps your baby to regulate his breathing and heartbeat and encourages him to latch on for breastfeeding.
Skin-to-skin is good for you too. Close contact with your baby increases levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Your partner's levels of oxytocin will also rise during skin-to-skin and it's a great way for a parent to bond without feeding.