Baby Sensory Experiences
Providing baby sensory experiences from a young age will aid your baby’s development and can help to give them the best start in life.
At 2-6 months significant brain wiring happens and sensory activities can help to facilitate this.
It’s never too early (or late) to start. You can create simple activities with newborns by using high contrast black and white images.
The Five Senses
The five senses include seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting. Baby sensory experiences are ones that encourage babies to use more than one of their five senses at a time.
When a baby is born, they are unable to see very far. However, it doesn’t take long for their vision to develop and by 7-12 months, they can see as far as an adult.
A baby’s hearing develops even quicker. By just 1-month-old, they can hear as well as an adult!
When it comes to smells, babies prefer sweeter smells. This is one of the reasons why breastmilk is so appealing.
Tasting and Touching
Tasting and touching are the primary ways babies explore. Which is why they put everything in their mouths.
You may already know a little about baby sensory if you have attended classes. These sessions often involve baby massage, signing, baby sign language, lights, and music. Even if you have or haven’t been to these sessions, it’s still important to provide your little one with the opportunities to explore and use their senses at home.
Below you will find activity suggestions and ways to do this. The ideas are fun and more importantly, easy to set up. I have completed most of these activities with my little boy, so I know how effective they are. There are video suggestions to help you create your own sensory class at home, song recommendations, and toys.