from birth to 6 months
This week we are looking into Baby Sensory at home, new parents are expected to deal with so much while we are still restricted in different stages of lockdown, the mummy & baby groups have been cancelled, leaving parents to try to create your own Baby Sensory experience, the good news is, this is easily achievable while at home.
Little ones don’t need extravagant play times set up for them. Absolutely everything is something to explore and wonder at when experiencing it for the first time! From toes in the grass to splashing in the water, babies find out about their brand new world around them using all of their senses, sometimes all at the same time!
Your Baby’s senses are:
Toys with different textures or vibration may be good for your baby’s first toys
Touch. This is the very first sense to form, with development starting at around 8 weeks. The sense of touch initially begins with sensory receptor development in the face, mostly on the lips and nose.
This will be used more when they start to wean or start to explore outside, smelling flowers is always a good way to start.
This would come when you start weaning your little one.
Babies may start to react to black & white patterns to start with. Then reflective surfaces, toys with mirrors or multi coloured foils may cause a reaction.
As a baby’s senses become more refined, their unique preferences and responses begin to reveal themselves, and their personalities begin to shine.
To start with your baby may follow your voice while you are talking or singing to them, then small hand toys with bells/ or crinkly sounds are good.
Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
Everyday activities such as nappy changing and feeding are great opportunities to develop your baby’s sense of touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste.
Here are 5 top sensory activities for your Newborn:
Let us know if you have any newborn sensory tips or tricks. If you are still struggling, check out some sensory boxes you can order with:
Look out next week for Baby Sensory from 6 months.
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