How to Best Stimulate Your Baby’s Five Senses
Your baby is on the stage of developing his brain and stimulating his five senses is one way to ensure he has good cerebral development. The five senses including the sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste are fundamental to your baby’s learning process. Each of the body’s five senses is a gateway to your baby’s mind, and a newborn needs your touch, to hear your voice, smell your scent, and discover different tastes so he puts anything in his mouth.
Babies are born with a fuzzy vision, only being able to see around eight to twelve inches away and their vision is mainly made up of shades and shapes. You have to decorate your baby’s room using bright colors as well as interesting patterns. The red color gives a warm feeling in a room, and babies love red colors. Stimulate your baby’s vision with the use of black and white stripes or utilizing light and dark contrasting colors. Soft pastel colors do nothing visually for babies. It has been shown on studies that black and white contrasts provide strong visual signals to the baby’s retina going to his brain. Try surrounding your baby’s room with bright and vibrant colors and you will surely see his eyes brighten up. Purchase a colorful play mat to stimulate his sense of sight.
Babies can hear even before they were born and their sense of hearing is almost fully developed upon birth. Babies are accustomed to noise when they were still in the womb of their mothers, so different noises can calm and relax babies. Reading to your baby is a nurturing and soothing ritual, helping him to pay attention to sounds and developing his listening skills. Develop your baby’s sense of touch by holding, caressing, stroking, and massaging your baby. Place things in your baby’s hands for him to know the difference between soft and hard items, but be sure to use acceptable toys basing on his age.
Your baby can already recognize your scent about a week after his birth, so it is important to avoid using strongly scented detergents and perfumes as it may mask your natural scent that may also leave your baby confused. At at early age, you can introduce different tastes to your baby to stimulate his sense of taste but be sure to do this carefully as your baby may have possible food allergy. Your baby is a very precious gift, and you are responsible for his learning, so you can apply the information in this article to properly stimulate your baby’s senses.