|The five senses of an infant can be developed through fun and engaging activities that will be done by their parents. / Photo by: Olena Yakobchuk via 123rf|
What do Plato, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and all parents particularly mothers have in common? All of them have earnestly speculated the importance of infancy, according to Michael E. Lamb et.al, in the book Development in Infancy. In light of this, researchers have come to recognize the full worth of exploring the characteristics of infants and the role of early experience plays in shaping the intelligence of a person as early as the conception stage. Lamb defined infancy as the period of life between conception and two years later and envelops only about 2% of the average person’s life expectancy. Having said that, professionals have clear motives to pay so much attention to infants as they say that this is a crucial time when an apparently helpless newborn has the potential to be transformed into a remarkably competent and awesome child.
“How Much Do Babies See, Hear, Feel, Smell, and Taste?” -Answers of the Experts-
How much do babies see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Just what can they perceive? What makes them behave, perform and proceed? Well, Angela Oswalt, MSW said that a one to three-month-old baby typically delves into and ventures on the things around and in the process develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Brillbaby also states that a baby’s brain has all the possibilities to “learn just about anything”; hence, in order to clinch on how much or how easily a baby can learn, parents play a considerably important role. So, what accounts to be regarded as an ideal parent to a child at this stage? All experts agree that the best way and the easiest stance is to focus on the baby’s senses, develop the baby’s common sense and the rest will follow. The good news is parents will no longer experience the hurdles of trial and error in their quest for dealing with the development of their baby’s “five senses”. Surely, with the advent of the “5 senses education” the potential of a parent to be regarded as an ideal will not be compromised.
Shaping the Five Senses
The “Five Senses Education” is related to the findings of the experts of AptParenting that “learning when and how the 5 senses for infants progress can aid parents, siblings, and caregivers grasp how to prompt them the most effectively.” Moreover, the great interest of the specialists is to incorporate stimulating activities which are capable of shaping the senses of infants, collectively called as “Five Senses Play”. This involves activities that necessitate the use of the babies’ inquisitive thinking as they slowly learn to speak, walk, and cope with other such situations. Experts also confirm that the “Five Senses Play” achieves a two-fold benefit – such activities amuse and captivate the infant as well as activate the five senses. Consequently, the skills such as motor, problem-solving, language together with the emotional and intelligence quotient are developed. As previously studied by a circle of experts on infancy the following are only some of the results:
The Sense of Hearing
Inside the womb, the baby’s sense of hearing is active. If mothers regularly play soft toned and soothing music while pregnant, after birth and still play the same kind of song, studies reveal that babies associate it with the sense of feeling secured as if they were inside the womb. The best way, experts say, to calm an irritable baby. Another way to calm a baby through the sense of hearing is through soft sounds; thus, parents can just simply speak in a soft, repetitive, and gentle voice. Doing this on a regular basis is proven to allow the baby to focus on what they hear and in so doing babies will eventually learn to follow simple directions.
The Sense of Sight
The sense of sight helps babies to understand colors, concepts, patterns, shapes, forms, locations, orientation, perception of movement, and perception of objects. For instance, a hanging mobile toy with a variety of shapes, colors, and designs functions reasonably well in developing a baby’s understanding of colors and shapes over time. Also, the perception of movement is evident when a baby starts to imitate the actions of an adult, in light of this, experts suggest popping the eyes; smiling widely, closing and opening the hands to be ideal start-up play.
The Sense of Touch
The sense of touch is foremost to the affection that should be felt by the baby and parents, families and friends. In fact, numerous studies have proven that babies yearn cuddles because this simulates the feeling of comfort of the womb. One interesting fact which research shows is that the reason why babies try to put things inside their mouth is their preference to use their mouth to feel. In this case, the idea of touching is definitely a pleasurable experience to the baby and holding them close to the body regulates their body temperature and breathing as well as gives them a feeling of security and being loved.
|Babies tend to put things in their mouth because they are using their mouth to feel it. / Photo by: famveldman via 123rf|
The Sense of Smell
The sense of smell of babies are very strong, as a matter of fact, they can identify different people by their scent as early as age seven days, the reason why they cry when someone new cuddles them. Introducing a variety of smells and scents will enable the infant to associate the scent to what they put inside their mouth or to who they feel comfortable with. Filling the room with a soothing scent like lemon or lavender can also provide a very comfortable feeling to the baby and enable him to differentiate the feeling of being inside the comfort of the room or outside the house.
The Sense of Taste
Finally, the sense of taste of babies is more likely to be stimulated by sweet over bitter and sour and during the fourth month, they start to recognize salty and spicy tastes. Thus, when parents introduce solid food to the baby, varied flavors are suggested. This is a great help to develop their taste buds. Also giving cucumber or carrots to replace artificial teethers is healthier and at the same time a good way to develop the muscles of their mouth.
At the end of the day…
Indeed, if the babies are better understood despite being disorganized and helpless, parents would be in a position to further the potential of their babies to become smart and intelligent. They can actually enhance their babies chances to live, thrive, and realize their fullest potentials.