You can’t help but smile when looking at all the different baby gifts ideas out there. I always get a kick out of the little outfits; they are just too darn cute and tiny. I want to buy them all! But, as you know, those little onesies and such will be too small in no time. My first Granddaughter wore most of hers once or twice before she couldn’t squeeze into them anymore. While it is fun to buy the cute clothing and outfits, consider other choices that can actually be beneficial to the newborn baby’s development.
For the first few months their little bodies grow at such an amazing rate. It always astonishes me how much bigger they look in just a week, adding weight and getting longer daily. They also quickly become more engaged with the people around them and their surroundings as they develop their cognitive and sensory abilities.
All of their development is in overdrive at this time. To support their rapid physical growth, we feed them every few hours. To feed their brain development, we interact with them, exposing their fresh new minds to the many sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other stimuli their brains will use to refine their senses as a means for learning their whole lives. One of those all important senses is the sense of touch.
Did you know that babies push, pull, rub and touch themselves while in the womb? Though the sense of touch is not fully developed at birth, it is more advanced than their sight, hearing and taste sensations. The importance of a baby’s early experience with touch is important for a number of reasons including their development of motor skills, tactile sensitivity, understanding of the physical world, safety and for health & emotional well-being. There are a lot of activities you and your baby can engage in to help stimulate the development of their sense of touch. Here are a few baby gift ideas to consider as well;
- Baby toys of various shapes and textures; Rattles, Teething Rings, Squishy toys
- A swaddle blanket to calm, soothe and re-create the snug feeling of the womb
- A baby gym or walker with interesting toys that dangle, slide and spin
- Special blankets made of various materials all with different textures.
- Unique blankets with a soft plush toy sewn right into the blanket
- Toys that make sounds or light up when touched
- Stuffed animals with tags, bells and various textures used in their construction
These are just a few gift ideas that can help baby develop their all important sense of touch. It can be so much fun to watch the baby’s reactions to the different objects and their amazement as they discover newly introduced things to touch and learn from. I’m sure you’ll think of even more when you use sensory development as a guideline. Feel free to comment with more stimulating ideas!