Visual and auditory tracking is a major development for your baby. As adults we underestimate how often we use this skill. Turning your head in the right direction when someone calls your name or following the direction of a ball during a game of tennis, we are constantly looking and listening.
You can easily help develop these skills by having your newborn track objects and noises you make.
When your baby is alert, try these steps to help his visual tracking skills:
Visual tracking is about much more than following an object with our eyes. This skill lays the foundation for future milestones such as direct hand movements and balance as it requires control of eye movements.
With stronger neck muscles (thanks to all the tummy time) your baby might be interested in following sounds from about 4 weeks. Hearing “real-world” sounds will make stronger connections in your baby’s brain than any toy or recording making this a great activity to try outdoors.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
These activities seem simple enough, but they help your baby develop listening skills, visual tracking skills, sensory skills, motor skills, and attention span.
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