0 - 12 Weeks

Tracking sights and sounds

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Here are some newborn play ideas for tracking sights and sounds:

Tracking Sights

Baby laying on the ground looking up at Silicone Rattle with Removable Ball by Lovevery
In photo: Silicone Rattle with Removable Ball from The Looker Play Kit

Slowly move a High-Contrast Card back and forth horizontally about 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) in front of your baby’s face and see if their eyes track the moving image. This may be a challenge for them. You can also shake and slowly move the high-contrast rattle in their field of vision from side to side. Your baby’s eyes may cross because they’re still building muscle strength.

Tracking Sounds

Baby laying on the ground looking at their hands while wearing the Black and White Mittens by Lovevery
In photo: Black & White Mittens from The Looker Play Kit

By week 4, your baby may show more interest in sounds. Help support that interest by exposing them to sounds from real life. Try to introduce just one sound at a time. When your baby is alert and the room is quiet, you can tear or crumple up paper, pour pasta into a pan, tap a spoon against a bowl, or make other everyday noises. Talk about what you are doing and see if they look toward the source of the sounds.

Baby sitting in front of a woman watching her rip a piece of paper

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