Your Baby’s Five Senses

baby sensesIn the beginning, your baby won’t do much. He or she will spend a lot of time eating and sleeping. However, baby is rapidly absorbing as much information as possible through the body’s five senses. Their little brains collect this information and process it quickly to figure out this strange new world. Some senses are keener than others at birth, but all of them need to be developed. Here’s a rundown of your baby’s senses and how you can help.

Smell

The sense of smell is the earliest to appear in babies, emerging while your little one is still in the womb. Baby can smell food mom is eating by the end of the first trimester through the amniotic fluid. A baby can tell the difference between mom’s breast milk and another woman’s by smell alone. You can use keen sense to your advantage by creating smells to influence baby’s mood. Pleasant odors like lavender can be soothing, while unpleasant smells (like cigarette smoke) can be irritating.

Taste

By birth, the taste buds are full formed. They prefer sweet tastes, which makes sense since breast milk is somewhat sweet. This preference follows most people through the rest of their lives. At this stage, the buds are still sensitive so strong flavors can be overwhelming. You can vary your baby’s food preferences by eating a broad range of foods while your baby is in the womb, and continue to do so while nursing. When baby is eating on his/her own, introduce the same foods several times before deciding your baby just doesn’t like it; it may take a few introductions for baby to get over the initial unfamiliarity.

Touch

Touch is the primary way babies explore the world. They put their hands on everything. In the womb, they touch their body and faces and explore the womb. After birth, baby uses touch to connect with other humans and draw comfort. You stimulate this sense by offering lots of gentle touches early on. Touching can help breathing regulation and body temperature, and even teach her how to communicate. Touch is also a great way to make baby feel secure and safe, which in turn develops their emotional and cognitive skills.

Sight

Your baby’s sight develops over the first half-year after birth. Infants can see about a foot away, so get up close during those first weeks so baby knows you’re present. Don’t be alarmed if you see baby’s eyes crossing during those first months; he/she is learning to track and focus on objects. They have trouble distinguishing colors as well, until about seven months, so offer toys and books with vibrant, contrasting colors that help develop their eyes and brain’s understanding of color. Take baby out of a containing piece of equipment (like a car seat or crib) so he/she can look around and develop the necessary eye, face and neck muscles. Most importantly, make eye contact as often as you can so baby learns to focus on you and use his/her eyes to gain information.

Hearing

Interestingly, a baby’s hearing is better than ours. Hearing operates well before birth as babies hear all sorts of noises inside mom’s body, including mom’s voice (which they can recognize instantly after birth). Your baby will turn toward your voice, even at a month old. Babies prefer high-pitched sounds, so lather on the baby talk and singing. Avoid loud noises; these stimuli can frighten them and damage their hearing.

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5 Tips to Bond with Your Newborn

tips for bonding with newbornThe first few months of your baby’s life can set the tone for your entire relationship. By developing a loving, connected bond with your newborn, you can create the groundwork for a positive relationship. You want your little one to feel secure and less afraid of his new environment. Take every opportunity you can to bond so you can nurture that connection.

1. Use lots of touch.

After birth, your baby’s skin is very sensitive. Your little one just came from an environment where he was constantly in contact with your body. Touching you gives him a secure feeling. Hospitals everywhere encourage mothers to hold their newborns to their chests in the moments after birth to help calm the baby. Hold your newborn close often. If you’re relaxing on the sofa or bed, bring your baby with you, rather than alone in the bassinet.

2. Make your baby smile.

Any time you can draw a laugh, smile, or squeak out of your baby, you are building a positive memory in his mind of his parent. Create enough of these positive moments and he will begin to light up at your appearance. Reinforce this condition whenever you can. Use gentle tickling, silliness, and laughing of your own to have positive moments.

3. Bond during feeding.

Infants require a lot of feeding; initially every one to three hours. During these moments, look into your infant’s face while gently stimulating his skin. Conventional wisdom says newborns are more aware during their feedings, so this is a perfect time to develop that connection. Breastfeeding is an especially intense bonding experience; most mothers miss it once they stop.

4. Talk and sing whenever you can.

You might silly talking with someone who can’t respond, but communicating with your baby helps him understand that you are paying attention to him. Narrate your actions, behaviors, and feelings, even what you’re doing is mundane and routine. At first your conversation will be one-sided, but you’re helping your baby understand that communication with his parents is easy, harmless, and comforting.

5. Calm down.

Just like adults, babies intuitively understand the emotions of the people around them. They feel what you’re feeling. If you are tense, anxious, and frustrated, your behavior will pass that on to your child. On the same token, you relax, smile, sing a gentle song, and speak positively, your baby will share those feelings. Relationships are built on positive emotions, so stay peppy!

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Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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