Your baby is alert from birth and their brain is making rapid progress. As early as the first week, your baby will respond to movement and to focus on your face, and eventually smile when you come close.
Over the next 10-12 weeks, your baby will start to follow moving objects with their eyes, especially toys and books with bold, geometric patterns. Newborns can only see black, white and grey. But as their colour vision develops babies will see red, and then the full spectrum of colours by the time they reach five months of age.
The best age to start reading books to your baby is from 3-6 months, or once they are able to focus on items such as a mirror or a toy.
As your baby begins to enjoy the rhythm and flow of the day, from feeding to sleeping, try to make reading books with your child an integral part of their daily life too.