Parenting - Infant care | 0-1 yrs

Stimulating Your Baby's Senses


Infants do not have all of their senses developed at the time of birth. They develop the same completely by around 1 year of age. In the first few months of birth, parents can stimulate their baby's senses through different means that are safe and effective. Some of these senses that can be stimulated after birth include sight, hearing, touch, smell and voice. Doctors suggest that infants see up to a limited distance in the first few months of birth and develop color vision after first four months of birth.

Thus, it is suggested that parents can play peek-a-boo or show the baby different colors that can help him distinguish the same. Singing a song helps the baby recognize voice and relate to it. It also helps him record and observe different sound patterns in his mind. As and when the child starts mimicking your voice, speech senses are activated and thus the baby can be taught to speak by repeating words in front of him.

Touch is the most effective sense of babies. Giving them a toy that does not cause harm can be helpful in developing touch further and activate the sensory organs sooner. For promoting movement, babies can be taught to crawl and eventually walk, by drawing them towards something attractive.

According to an article titled 'Infant Brain Stimulation: How Playing With Your Baby Makes Her Smart', published in, "Babies who are exposed to infant stimulation reach developmental milestones and become independent earlier. They also have better muscle coordination and a stronger self-image."

To know more about the ways in which you can stimulate your baby’s senses, read the ClipBook below.   


Infant Stimulation

Infant stimulation can help improve your baby's attention span, memory, curiosity and nervous system development. In addition, stimulating your baby's senses will enable him to reach developmental milestones faster, as well as aid in the developme...

Why Is Infant Stimulation Important?

In the first years of a baby’s life, the brain is busy building its wiring system. Activity in the brain creates tiny electrical connections called synapses. The amount of stimulation an infant receives directly affects how many synapses are formed.

Playing With Your Baby Makes Her Smart

You can play simple games with your baby that enhance the development of her brain. Infant stimulation games consist of activities that stimulate her senses and jumpstart her intellectual as well as physical learning.

How Much Infant Stimulation Is Too Much?

Some babies are more subtle than others, but you’ll get to know your baby’s own cues. Usually when you are playing with a baby, he’ll maintain eye contact with you. The overstimulated baby will avert his gaze and look away. He may try to push you ...

Visual Stimulation For Newborns

Your newborn baby can hear your voice, feel your touch, smell your scent, and taste anything you put in his mouth. While a baby’s vision may be one of the least developed senses at birth, visual input during the early months may have the most prof...

Stimulating Your Baby's Senses With Sounds

Babies use the sense of hearing to take in an enormous amount of information about the world. Find out how they use their keen ears to learn language and develop listening and other communication skills and how the ability to hear stimulates baby ...

Stimulating Your Baby's Sense Of Taste

Your baby uses her mouth and her sense of taste as a way of exploring, learning and making sense of food and the world around her. Here are 12 ways you can stimulate her tastebuds.

Stimulating Your Baby's Sense Of Smell

Early childhood is the perfect time to introduce a nutritious diet and stimulate a baby’s sense of smell and taste, both of which greatly influence eating habits.

Stimulating Your Baby’S Sense Of Touch

A baby’s touch is the most developed of senses from birth and helps to shape that precious early bond between you and your baby. Encouraging the sense of touch can also help baby reach key development milestones...

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