SHE HAS NO IDEA IT’S YOU TICK­LING HER

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Bub’s Development -

It’s a favourite game for lots of tod­dlers, but tick­ling can be con­fus­ing for your baby in the early days. “Sci­en­tists have worked out that be­fore the age of four months, when you tickle your baby, she doesn’t know where that sen­sa­tion is com­ing from,” says Suzanne. This is in part due to her lim­ited eye­sight. “She can’t even see her toes yet. So when you go to tickle them, she sim­ply feels it and as­so­ci­ates it with your voice. She doesn’t yet have the brain pat­terns in place to re­alise that your voice is at­tached to the hands touch­ing her toes. In time, she’ll put all that to­gether and grow the synapses that let her learn how the tick­ling game is played.”

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