The baby does not know anything about anything when he/she is born. They know when they are hungry. That's it. Just take it easy and don't think that you need to show the world to the baby in a day. You will have months and years to do it. Relax and enjoy the simplicity of the baby's needs. Let the baby sleep all they want and enjoy your closeness to them. As the days go by the baby begins to realize that there are things around. Do not be tempted again to explain and entertain too much. Use the opportunity to learn more about your baby and watch for patterns so that you can begin to think of a cycle/schedule to introduce. If nothing else, have a set bedtime and stick to it.
It only dawned on me how new babies really are when my baby boy discovered he had a hand and stared at it at every opportunity he had for minutes at a time for a week.
Listen to the sounds they make. Smell them. Hug them. Kiss them. They can feel your attention and stay calm and happy.
And then they are on the move.
After the first six months, the baby is no longer a baby : ) They become us. It is not even funny how much we project onto our children. You have to learn how to feed them, talk to them, play with them and keep them learning and healthy. It is a whole new dimension.
After the first nine months, the baby is more like an individual. They are here to stay : ) It is high time to begin to learn from your baby. What is that drives them? Mind you all the advice you have been reading falls into place. It is groked. It does not mean that it can be applied with ease...
[work in progress]