As you spend more time with your baby, you'll learn to read his likes, dislikes, desires and emotions. You'll learn the best time for cuddling, playing and relaxing. If too much playing or cuddling is making your baby irritable, give him a rest and try again a little later – he will let you know when he is ready for attention!

So how important is touch? As our first language, it can help you to create a strong bond with your baby. And a strong bond can help your baby feel more secure, cry less and thrive more. As one of the main ways to help you create a nurturing bond with your baby, touch is very important.

Note: If you feel that you don't have the will or energy to create a bond with your newborn, please talk to your Health Visitor / GP. You may be suffering from postnatal depression, a physical condition for which there is help. Don't think "it's all in your head" and don't go it alone. It's important – for both your sake and your baby's sake – that you ask for help.