Researchers have found that
your baby's brain is particularly stimulated in the visual area. They have also found that babies enjoy looking
at faces of loving adults. Making frequent eye contact with your baby promotes brain development.
Eye contact is easy to do!
Here are some helpful tips:
Hold your baby in a
Smile at your baby while he or she is looking at you
Maintain eye contact until your baby looks away.
Allow time for your baby to
come back to your eye contact.
Smile again at your baby and wait for their response.
It is very important to allow your baby to look away briefly. This is how they "reorganize"
their thoughts and how they learn to calm themselves when they are overstimulated. You can positively
influence your baby's development by making eye contact frequently. This teaches your baby to regulate
their emotions, to express their emotions and to be able to transition in and out of challenging situations.
contact helps your baby get a preverbal (before language) sense of self. Sense of self is who you are, how you discriminate
between you and the environment, what you like, etc. When human beings have a solid sense of self, all activities and
skills are made easier and more fluent.
Both breastfed and bottle fed babies benefit from eye contact during
feeding. Your baby may close his or her eyes or look away briefly during the feeding. Continue to be available for eye contact
throughout the feeding.
Tips for bottle fed babies: Breastfed babies experience a wider variety of positions during
feeding, because they nurse on both right and left sides. Alternate the side you feed your baby with a bottle, to encourage
this change in position and activity.
Hold your baby during feedings. Babies benefit from physical contact with
someone who loves them during feeding.
Concerns about your baby:
you suspect that your baby is having problems with head flattening, digestive, or sleep problems, discuss this with your baby's
pediatrician. The pediatrician will take everything you say with sincere consideration. If you are not content to hear
the pediatrician say "(s)he will grow out of it" or "let's wait and see...", consider a consultation with
A physician's referral is NOT required for treatment, however, I recommend that you share any
treatment or suggestions given to you for your baby with the pediatrician.
The first three years
of life have been proven to be the most influential on the entire lifespan. The earlier an issue is addressed, the more likely
it is to resolve.