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Sucking on a toy and splashing in the bath are ways that your baby learns about the world. See how your baby's understanding develops along with his senses.
What sensations does your baby seem to enjoy? Bath time? Music? Certain textures or colors?
As a newborn, your baby's world was a jumble of overlapping sensations – of touch, light, smell and sound. But within weeks his brain was beginning to make sense of these experiences. As he grows, and develops, he will continue to use his senses to find out more about the world around him.
Your baby will use his sense of touch to learn about the shape and texture of things. Until he's about seven months old, his fingers and hands aren’t enough to help him do this, so he'll use his mouth as well. His mouth has more nerve endings per square millimeter than any other part of his body so he can discover a huge amount by sucking on a toy.
As your baby's vision improves, he will begin to develop hand-eye coordination. By five months, his sight will have developed enough for him to understand how far things are away from him. Being able to reach out and grasp things opens up a whole new world of discovery for your curious baby!
Toys for babies are colorful and noisy for a good reason: they help to stimulate your baby's senses as he plays with them. Everyday activities provide opportunities for sensory stimulation too.
While you’re bathing your baby, provide him with a running commentary. Show him the bubbles in shampoo and feel the texture of your sponge or flannel. Turn bath time into an opportunity to learn about sinking and floating; warm and cold; wet and dry.
Meal times can be a sensory jamboree too! Once your baby starts to eat solid foods, he'll use all of his senses, not just taste. It's a messy business, but when your baby squishes his pasta, bangs his spoon or plays with his rolling peas he's boosting his development, as well as his nutrition.