It may seem like a newborn won't be able to distinguish between a new toy and an old sock, but in fact babies react and learn from the world around them from the moment they're born. Sound, light and touch are all important for tiny tots to experience, so provide them with objects that stimulate their senses to keep them happy and healthy.
From 2 months onwards, babies will start to smile. You can get their first grin out of them by shaking a rattle and pulling funny faces to tickle their natural curiosity. From around 3 to 6 months you'll get more noticeable reactions from your baby as they begin to appreciate music, follow moving lights and explore the feel of different objects. Encourage their fine motor skills with playthings they can hold with their hands, ensuring they're not small enough to swallow.
Here are some ideas for the newest member of your family: