Your Child Is Discovering the World … This Is How You Can Help Them Develop Their Hearing, Touch, and Eyesight
You might not believe your newborn baby can hear, see, or use their senses like you, but you’re wrong; they do, in their own way and within the limits of their abilities. Actually, through their senses, they’re trying to get to know their new environment as it fills up with new pictures, scenes, and sounds.
- You may not realize that your child’s eyesight is their least developed sense, but it’s true; they only see brightly colored things or things that are close by, like the faces moving in front of them.
- If you show them a toy, for example, move it slowly in front of their eyes. Don’t forget to replace the toys hanging over their bed from time to time; you can be certain that they’ll notice this change.
- You’ll notice that low and high sounds will wake your child up. This is true because their hearing has been well-developed from birth.
- In the last trimester of pregnancy, this sense develops quickly. They begin to pick up sounds in their vicinity, especially your voice, while they are still in your belly. So your voice is already familiar to them at birth, and gives them a feeling of security.
- If you want to help your child develop their hearing, shake a rattle near them or get close to them and say their name a few times, changing the tone of your voice each time.
Did you know that every square centimeter of your newborn baby’s skin contains six million cells? It’s true. Here’s the story of their sense of touch.
- In the womb, their sense of touch is not very developed.
- After their birth, they begin to feel when you touch or hug them. At the same time, they’re trying to discover their surroundings with their mouth, as well. This is why they put everything they can get their hands on into their mouth.
- If you want to stimulate their sense of touch, give them a massage. Massage limits the impact of stress hormones, strengthens their immune system, and improves their digestion. It will also help them sleep and reduce stomach pains from colic.
- Additionally, invite them to touch safe things made from different materials. Make sure they’re clean because your child will doubtless put them in their mouth to get to know them. And be careful! These things shouldn’t be small enough for them to swallow.