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How to Best Stimulate Your Baby’s Five Senses

It is important for babies to have their five senses stimulated to support their cerebral development. As compared to adults, infants perceive things differently, so they have to learn the basics through their five senses. Babies learn through their five senses, that’s why it is important to talk to your baby so he can hear your voice, cuddle and massage your baby to feel your touch, and he puts anything in his mouth to taste everything he is curious about.

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 different colors that are stimulating for babies are red (warm color), orange, yellow (increased intellectual ability), and blue (promote rest, calming effect. A baby’s vision is greatly stimulated using light and dark contrasting colors, as well as black and white stripes. Soft pastel colors do nothing visually for babies. There are studies showing that black and white contrasts register very well on a baby’s retina, sending the strongest visual signals to the 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 noises because the womb is never a quiet place, thus rumbling and loud noises relax babies. Story time is a great opportunity to develop your baby’s listening skills and help him pay attention to different sounds. Holding, cuddling, massaging, stroking, and carrying your baby are effective ways to bond with your baby and to stimulate his sense of touch. 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.

Babies start to recognize senses about a week after birth, so it is best to use the same products to provide your baby familiarity and avoid using detergents and colognes that are heavily scented because they can mask your natural scent, leaving your baby confused about your scent. 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. The five senses are crucial in the development of your baby, so apply these tips for a healthy and happy baby.