Sunday 29 March, 2020

Early Moments Matter parenting tips part 2: Stimulating baby

FACT: When babies are one to three months old, they see things best when the items are between 20-30 centimetres away. By three months, babies have a greater range of vision.

We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That’s why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.

At birth, babies have blurry vision and can only focus on objects close to them, like faces, which is why they love to stare at you. It’s also easier for them to see high contrast colours like black and white until they reach between three to five months and begin to distinguish between colours and size.

Here are a few simple suggestions to boost interaction with your young baby:

- Make time to share safe, interesting objects with your baby – let him or her explore them to feel different surfaces and sizes. These can be simple, homemade toys, like a rattle.

- Smile and laugh with your child – tickle him or her and laugh together.

- Talk with your child, copying his or her sounds or gestures. You should see him or her slowly focus on your face and try to imitate you in return.

- Play “Follow me” – move an object from side to side and up and down. You should see your baby try to follow the object with his or her eyes.

- Reach up – encourage your child to reach for a safe object e.g. something like a plastic cup. You should see him or her try to grab or touch it.

To learn more about ways to engage your newborn baby to give him or her the best start in life, visit: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/child-development/baby-milestones#newborn

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