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But wait, research has also shown that newborn can only focus their eyes on objects between 8-12 inches away from them. Therefore, try to stay within that boundary when you interact with your baby.
Around 2 months, your baby will be able to move from highly contrasting colors to bright bold colors. Your baby will also enjoy faces and is ready to see a moving object in addition to stationary one.
Here are some activities to try:
- Activity with play gym or baby mobiles: place your baby on her back and put play gym or baby mobile on her. Move toys like a pendulum. - Activity with rattle or other objects: move baby rattle from left to right, or up and down. - Mirror: show your baby her face. Enhance this activity by pointing her facial features and talk about them.
When your baby’s around 5 months, train your baby’s eyes to focus even more.
These following exercises will assist your baby to develop concentration and enhance curiousity . - Play peekaboo with your baby. - Play with a yo yo and encourage your baby to see yo yo movement. - Dribble or throw a ball. Encourage your baby to follow ball's movement. . - Follow-a-spool activity: roll a spool of thread towards your baby and then move it to opposite direction (i.e. farther from her). Let your baby's eyes follow movement. - Put a little ball or marble inside a big bowl. Tilt bowl and move it around, so that ball moves around bowl. Show this to your baby and let your baby's eyes follow movement. - Play a simple hide and seek game with your baby.
If your baby has been properly visually stimulated, by 8 months, your baby should have completed her visual development and has a good vision.
Dian Dewi is a mom and webmaster of Best Child Toys, a website which provides guidance on how to choose toys which are fun, safe and educational. This website also contains tips on how to use toys to maximize child's development.