Senses During Development

By: Rachel Sage Megan Kacey

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Taste


  • As a baby grows their taste buds and their reactions to different tastes increases.
  • A newborn can distinguish between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes.
  • Around 9-12 months a baby will achieve a full sensitivity.

Hearing

  • 3 months - Your infant may attempt to duplicate sounds he/she hears by cooing.
  • 5 months - The excitement of baby hearing his/her own voice and your responses may turn baby into a babbling machine
  • 8 months - Baby understands the meaning of many words he/she hears, and as he/she inches toward 1, baby will be able to say a few of them even if they aren't perfectly articulated

Touch

  • 1 to 2 months - your babies hands will be clenched even when you try to put your finger on their palm its a reflex they are born with
  • 3 to 4 months - by now the baby has enough muscle coordination to get a grip of small objects and reaching out for toys
  • 10 to 12 months- by now the child should be able to to gain more control to grasp items and tossing them

Smell

  • Newborn - Baby arrives with a keen sense of smell. Breastfed babies are more able to "sniff out" mom sooner than bottle-fed ones because they are held close to her body more often
  • Exposing baby to a variety of scents, and telling baby what he/shes smelling can help them become aware of what they like and don't like

Sight

  • 2 months - Baby's vision is blurry, and he sees things best from about 10 inches away
  • 5 months - Baby develops eye-body coordination by looking at something and trying to reach for it
  • 6 months - Baby can focus at any distance and is mastering the idea of depth perception
  • 12 months - Baby's vision is virtually on par with that of an adult's
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