Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Infant Visual Brain Stimulation


When babies are born their visual capacity is limited to faces and black and white contrasting images. They focus best when objects are only 10-13 inches away. One awesome way to spend time with a baby 0-3 months old is providing opportunities for visual stimulation.

Many parents are shocked when they find that simple black and white images {sometimes with red or other high contrasting colors} can captivate their child for 10, 15, or even 20+ minutes. {Parents can be equally disappointed when the super cute pastel toy or rattle just doesn't seem interesting. Try presenting those pretty colors when your baby is 6 months old and you will probably get a different reaction!} 


For those of you who would like more scientific nitty gritty details check out this link: 




There are several ways to provide visual infant stimulation. 

TOYS: 

There are some awesome toys on the market that are excellent for visual stimulation. My favorites are...
Wimmer-Ferguson Wimmer Infant Stim Mobile To Go
Can clip onto your car seat, pack 'n play arch, or play mat. Small and compact, {they sell a larger stim mobile as well that can go on a crib - see here} easily transferrable. I have this mobile hanging on the pack 'n play above the bassinet level. Just YESTERDAY Little Lady started swiping at it! Ok, so it's not suppose to be played with but with supervision I find it really fun to watch her spin it in circles. Found on Amazon here. 



Wimmer-Ferguson Double Sided 3-in-1 Triangle Play Mat
Don't be fooled, this mat is only about 1 foot square, however it can be tied to the car head rest to be observed during travel, it can be folded up into a triangle and propped up for tummy time, it can be hung in a play pen, and much more. It also has a mirror, crinkly paper, peek a boo flaps, ribbons, teether, and a squeaker. It is a reversible with more colors for older children on the back. Little Lady loves this one as well. Daddy just had the genius idea of forming it into a triangle around the suspended arc on the pack 'n play. Genius - she loved it. Found on Amazon here.


Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Sights and Sounds Travel Toy
This toy is also portable to attach in various places around the house or car seat. It includes a mirror {opposite side pictured}, teether, rattler, squeaker, peak-a-boo window, and ribbons. Little Lady has recently become very fascinated with this toy and loved the noise the rattle makes when she *accidentally* hits it. Now she is purposefully swatting at it and making the noise {this Mama's a little excited}. It's so much fun to watch her learn. Found on Amazon here. 

FLASHCARDS: 

There are several options for flash cards, including really cute ones you can buy and printables on the web.


Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby

These are really adorable and come in a variety of themes {farm, garden, jungle, just to name a few}. While they may not be as appropriate for your newborn {circles and more basic shapes are easier for infants to focus on} they are really fun for several months later. Plus you can hang them from this photo clip mobile and have a fabulous nursery addition! Found on Amazon here. 


At Home Printable Options
6 printable patterns from babystrology
16 free images from oh baby!
2 large PDFs with patterns and objects from BrillKids
4 cute animals from parents.com

DIY: 
With the free printables option you can laminate your cards with contact paper, punch holes in them to hand from the car seat or pack 'n play, or you could even making your own mobile! 

Check out this DIY infant stimulation mobile tutorial:


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