Thoughts on babies’ vision have changed a lot over the years. At one point in time, a calming palette of pastels was all but a requirement. Recently, bolder colors are moving in with an emphasis on contrast. Many new toys are made specifically in black and white to stimulate early vision. Newer studies are now suggesting that babies likely have trouble seeing objects in motion, making the way that they perceive their environment different from an adult’s.
University of California researchers found that infants had trouble identifying the individual elements of a moving scene. The rate in which the brain keeps up with a moving scene is already limited, but for infants it is almost 10 times slower. Babies have trouble with objects in motion faster than half a second. Unlike many other animals, human babies are born almost entirely helpless. Compared to other species, our period of babyhood is much longer and the eyes develop slowly over that time.
It makes sense to expose baby to a variety of stimuli, but use slow moments if you want her to pay close attention. Your baby may have trouble tracking as the family dog runs around, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t find it entertaining. When it comes to nursery decorations, slow-moving mobiles are ideal. Use strongly contrasting shades for stimulation. As for your walls, soothing pastels do promote sleep in both children and adults.
Diaper change time can seem like a tedious or even frustrating task, but approached with the right attitude it can be a great time for extra learning and bonding. Diaper changes are also an ideal time to begin teaching words for body parts and about hygiene. Older babies may be able to assist with removing their own clothing and even younger babies can become familiar with the feelings of wet and dry, soiled and clean. All of these things can help with potty learning in the future, as getting undressed and wiping themselves won’t be anything new.
While diapering, it is important to keep safety first. Have everything that you need – wipes, creams, wet bag or trash can – within easy reach. If you are changing Baby up on a table, don’t turn your back to them. Even the smallest babies can be capable of flinging themselves farther than you might think. Hygiene is obviously also important – Wash hands before and after changes.
Another great way to maintain communication with your baby is through EC, or Elimination Communication. Using EC, you use your baby’s cues to place them on the potty (or a basin or sink) when you can tell they need to relieve themselves.
Whether your child uses a diaper or a potty, it is important to include them in the diaper change process. Tell them what you are doing and are planning to do as you do it. Avoid providing toys and other distractions, as necessary as they may seem at times, and try to focus your baby on the task at hand. Use correct words for body parts and let your child assist you when age appropriate.
Using the restroom is a part of everyday life and by keeping your child involved in the process, you will make potty learning that much easier. When you are mindful of this time spent together, diaper changes are also a convenient time to reconnect with your little one during the day.
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Yahoo! Shine will be filming Sling and Dance for their feature episode on Tuesday July 19th at 1:15 at The Treehouse Social Club. The episode will be about the Sling and Dance classes and the benefits of baby wearing and movement for babies. If you would like to be part of the taping please contact Sabrina at: email@example.com.