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  • StimulateYour Baby's Olfactory and Auditory Development

    Expose your child to the wonderful world of smells and let him enjoy the beauty of sound!
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • As early as two months old, your baby can already hold his head up when held or supported in a sitting position. He becomes more aware of his hands and fingers and treats this discovery with a newfound sense of curiosity, grasping objects with increased control and enjoying the feel of different textures.

    During this stage of development, it is interesting to see how your baby begins to have a perception of the world, showing varied reactions to new experiences or sensations.

    An-Marie Bartolome-Villarin, managing director of the Terrific Tots Preschool Program at The Little Gym in Taguig City, and mother to Santi, shares how she started exposing her child to different smells at two months old: “I’d make Santi smell the banana, smell cinnamon, and see what smells he likes or doesn’t like. Babies make a face when they don’t like something,” says Villarin. “I would randomly make him smell things; sometimes inanimate objects. Even things that don’t even have a smell. Or my food, or my coffee,” she adds.

    Letting your child stimulate his olfactory development, or sense of smell, is important as it helps him build association between objects and their distinct smells, as well as relate good feelings with good smells.

    Make some noise
    As infants two months old are already beginning to try holding things, Villarin also highly recommends toys such as rattles that make interesting sounds.

    Not only do such noisemakers help practice baby’s fine motor skills when it comes to grasping and holding objects, they also greatly aid in stimulating your child’s auditory development, or hearing development. It is crucial to hone his sense of hearing as this will go hand in hand with stimulating his communication skills.

    At this point, your child is starting to identify the different sources of sounds, turning their head in the direction of the sound, as well as recognize inflections in their parents’ voices. They may even begin to repeat or mimic sounds they hear, as well as express glee by laughing or smiling spontaneously.

    - An-Marie Villarin, managing director of the Terrific Tots Preschool Program of The Little Gym, Taguig City, and mother to Santiago
    - “The Magic 5” by Anna Santos-Villar, Smart Parenting July 2007 issue
    - Website: http://www.robynsnest.com/develope2-3.htm
    - Child Development theme in Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Third Edition.
    Photo by Tiffany L. Photography via flickr creative commons 
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