Your challenge: It’s downright incredible to think about all the development that takes place before your baby is born. Fingernails? Tiny baby toes? That precious, perfect button nose? It’s all there. However, there is still plenty of development that takes place in the first months after birth—and not just with all that growing they are doing. In fact, babies are born with extremely limited eyesight, so you should consider yourself tasked with helping promote that visual development.
Your solution: Whereas all the growing baby did in the womb just happened, engaging with tools that will encourage your little one to develop a strong sense of vision - and all the skills that go along with it, such as hand-eye coordination—is something you both can enjoy doing together.
A bouncing seat that pulls double-duty: Babies are born ready to take in the world through visual stimulation. Only, the scenes around them look much different than what adults are viewing. With a depth of focus less than one foot in front of them, babies need to get up close and personal with visually stimulating objects - and the higher the contrast, the better. A great solution? A bouncer seat with high-contrast patterns and a toy bar that keeps eye-catching items within their (rapidly developing) view.
High-contrast toys to engage with: As your baby grows and their eyesight develops, they will be ready to put it to the test by concentrating on images for longer and exploring the handy trick that is hand-eye coordination. While there is no need to put your baby to the test, you can both have more fun with some colorful, interactive flash cards designed to catch their eyes. Or make tummy time even more fun by giving your baby the cutest sight of all - a reflected image of themselves from a baby-safe mirror.
Some take-along entertainment: Make errands and car trips or waits in the doctor’s office more beneficial by integrating some visual development tools. A clippable, high-contrast toy complete with a rattle, clacker and a baby-safe mirror is perfect for toting along to transform ordinary outings into discovery learning experiences. (Not to mention this is way more fun, too!)
Pro tip: As your baby develops better eye coordination, depth perception and color vision, narrate what you are both seeing—your first step in exploring the big, beautiful world together.
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