Babies are drawn to faces. When they are given the opportunity, newborns will search out and gaze at their mother's face soon after they are born. Seeing your face is vital for your baby. That intense loving gaze expresses that need and is a delightful reward for you as a new parent. Every expression has meaning. Babies study and absorb the expressions of their caregivers and they begin to imitate those expressions very early on. They begin immediately to gather information and absorb the love their parents have for them. Back and forth, play, love, joy, concern all the experiences are communicated in those exchanges. Bonding is enhanced when you show your face to your baby and when every family member does the same. A baby's emotional, social and language development depend on observing your expressions. Have fun with and enjoy communicating with your baby!