Track your baby’s milestones — Senses

Bubba’s five senses are critical tools he’ll need to thrive. Follow this guide to ensure they develop well.

Even when your baby is in utero, he’s already making full use of his senses. He’s always listening to the sound of your voice and tasting the food you eat! However, it is only after he’s born that his hearing, touch, smell, taste, and sound are honed to help him thrive. Whatever he experiences through these functions give him nuggets of info he’ll store in his brain. He’ll then use this material ― even the smallest facts will shape his understanding ― to construct a view of the world he is living in. Here’s a by-month guide to your mini-me’s growing senses.

0 to 6 months

* From the start, your newborn’s delicate skin is highly sensitive to any touch, especially in areas around his mouth, cheeks, face, tummy, hands and feet. Give these areas a gentle tap and you’ll see him move and react.
* Your infant is able to detect your body’s smell, which he associates with comfort and security. These smells can come from your breasts, underarms and even those of your beauty products.
* By 3 months, your baby will be able to track the movement of a moving toy car with his eyes, but he would rather study your face and gaze into your eyes. Carrying and holding him close will allow him to study your face in greater clarity.
* Your voice is the sweetest sound he’ll like to hear, so go on and use baby talk with him ― describe what the clothes you’re putting on him or even what’s next on his routine. Try jiggling a rattle, his eyes will be drawn toward the object.


6 to 12 months

* Besides reading books to her featuring bright and vivid colours, boost your baby’s vision by going outdoors, so that she’ll explore a new environment and see new things. Why not plan a trip to the supermarket or the zoo with her?
* It’s time to start weaning her, just be sure to grind these solid foods into smooth consistency. You’ll discover that your sweetie will much prefer sweeter foods to sour and bitter ones ― this is because humans are hardwired this way. You’ll be tickled to watch her squirm when she gets her first taste of lemon juice when you spoon the juice into her mouth.
* By 8 months, she will start mouthing words she hears most often, like “milk”. Her enunciation still requires some work, so it’s likely to end up sounding like “mil” instead.
* If you haven’t started the childproofing process, do it now. Your little one will be reaching her hands out and grabbing everything she can get her hands on ― so, keep choking hazards out of her reach as she’ll be putting everything into her mouth! 

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