The senses of your child develop quickly in the first year. Make the environment unusual for him so that he can discover the world around him optimally. In this way, he becomes acquainted with new colors, sounds, smells, and tastes.
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Your baby always drinks amniotic fluid in the womb from eighteen weeks onwards. He already has a clear preference for sweets. If a sweet taste is added to the amniotic fluid, babies drink more of it, according to several studies. The babies also drink more slowly, so that they can enjoy them longer. A newborn baby still tastes sweet tastes. However, your child will probably eat anything that you take him for up to 18 months. After that, he is perhaps no longer such an easy eater. Before you decide that your child does not like something, let him try that snack for about ten times.
Taste and smell are inextricably linked. That is why your child would prefer to smell the sweet banana smell than shrimp. Your baby’s sense of smell is actively developed immediately at birth. Flawlessly he recognizes the smell of his mother. The reason why children are so attached to their cuddly toys has to do with the familiar smell to a large extent. That’s why children hate when their stuffed animal is washed.
Infants can distinguish volume and pitch before birth. Research has shown that (classical) music influences the brain in children – and adults – favorably. Music not only stimulates hearing but also contributes to emotional and spiritual development. Millions of babies worldwide listen to the music. It sounds, for example, a rattle are alternated with jazz, classical or reggae. By listening to his music, your baby becomes acquainted with melody, harmony, and rhythm and the foundation is laid for a creative and perhaps intellectual advantage.
A feeling is essential for your baby. Research by an American psychologist shows how important touch is for the physical development of a child. A premature baby grows 47% harder if he is massaged or cuddled three times a day. The physical contact with the parents increases the weight faster; the brain develops faster and sleeps better.
The vision of a newborn is blurry. Your baby has an innate preference for human faces and round shapes. Only after a year can your child is aware that a triangle is something other than a square. Research shows that the first three to four months are essential for the development of your child’s vision. Because babies can hardly distinguish contrasts, they react first to specific black-and-white patterns.
Some Examples of Stimulating Infant toys
It depends on the age of the baby what he will find the most exciting toys. As a mom and dad, however, you are much more important than any toy. The sounds and movements you make and the scent that you spread is the most interesting for your baby.
Three months – rattle
One of the first toys that you can use, around three months, is a rattle. A rattle can fascinate and stimulate your baby for a long time. A rattle stimulates sight, hearing, sense of touch and grasping. As soon as your baby can hold the rattle, he will look at the rattle for a long time, suck on it, bite it, and move the rattle, and so on.
Four months – playmat
In month four, a play mat is a good purchase. The baby can see, touch and hear with a play mat. You can put your baby on his stomach on the play mat to play. If he can erect himself on his arms, he can touch the different fabrics with different texture and many different colors. The baby will discover with great pleasure that something is hidden in one of the bags or that sound is coming out.
Five months – music
Your baby listens attentively to sounds, noise, and music for five months. So this is the right time to introduce your baby to the music you love.
Six months – ‘musical instruments’
Your baby can take an object in every hand after six months and hit the objects against each other. The more noise that makes, the happier he is. These can be mini-blocks, but blocks also work.
Seven months – dad & mom
The baby also likes active games after seven months. For example, he loves it when his dad lets him fly in the air or when Mommy lets him ride his horse on the knee.
Eight months – peek-a-boo
After eight months, your baby’s memory capacity increases and he likes ‘hide and seek’. He thinks it’s great that mom does ‘peekaboo’ or that she hides behind the door.
Nine months – block box
This is a suitable time to get your old box of blocks from the attic. Your child likes to put things in and out of a box after a month or nine. Also, he is on colored blocks.
Ten months – mirror
First, your child will enjoy the company of that other funny baby. After about ten months you can make a game of pointing out and naming his body parts. By also seeing himself in the mirror, he will gradually get to know his image.