Kristi Kiyonaga, MD, a pediatrician with The Everett Clinic discusses babies and early development. Babies are only born with the ability to see a short distance - usually the distance from your face to where you are cradling your baby in your arms. This means your baby will start learning and recognizing their parent's face immediately - look at your baby, hold your baby, make faces at your baby and speak to them often. When babies are born, they can distinguish their parent's voice from hearing it in the womb. Hearing in babies is fully developed upon birth - expose your baby to language, read to them and talk to them often. Reading to your child - even just 5 minutes per night - is a lot of learning opportunity for your child.