Sensory experiences are an integral part of growth for an infant. The tickles, playing with sand, tasting lemon, splashing the water, holding things. All these little adorable things are sensory experiences that help develop the mind of a baby.
Just like the small activities mentioned above, there are many such sensory play activities that have the following benefits:
- Exposure to body awareness and the function of body parts
- Stimulation and development of all 5 senses like sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing
- Ease of comfort in unknown and unfamiliar situations
- Gives a chance of gradual exposure to all senses rather than an instant one
- Develops a base for the problem-solving skills
- Reduces anxiety and triggers thought processes thus increasing the number of synapses in the brain
- Introduces infants to cause and effect phenomenon of things.
Now all these things may seem too much considering that we are talking about babies who really can’t do much. But what we mean here is that babies can’t do much physically, however, their mind is hyper-active and ever-present. They are always concentrating on things that are around them. The fan, the chandelier, someone coming up and trying to please them, all such things intrigue them.
Here are some sensory activities for infants that they can benefit from:
- Cuddling With Your Newborn will help them experience affection
- Talking to your little munchkin in as they might try to respond
- Face to Face Time will trigger their thought process
- Singing a song will trigger their hearing response
- Introduce Tummy Time
- Give your child some time while they lay on their back.
- Give gentle massages
Here you go, try out these activities for the sensory development of your baby and without any doubt, you’ll see the benefits. You will be laying the foundation for your baby’s holistic growth and development.