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Expanding sphere, Hamleys Those tiny noses aren’t just adorable, they’re also very sensitive. Even before birth, a baby’s sense of smell is working. Young babies are soothed by familiar smells like you (or your breast milk). Before you put on the fifth load of washing for today, stop! Some mums swear that their little one sleeps much better, soothed by the familiar smell of a soft T-shirt they’ve been wearing, for instance. Take your baby to places where their cute little noses can get a workout with new olfactory experiences too. From a salty sea breeze to freshly cut grass or the aroma of bread baking, babies will enjoy experiencing the different scents that make up the world.
Touch is the first sense to develop in embryos and one of the best ways for new parents to bond with baby. Massages, cuddles, patting, rocking, and just holding your little one will make them feel safe and secure. Babies also learn through touch and you will soon notice them start to grab whatever they can see (and usually stick it into their mouth). As he or she gets older, your baby will love tickles and this is a great game for everyone to collapse into fits of gorgeous giggles. Simple toys which rattle or squeak are great to stimulate baby’s sense of touch and help them learn action and response. Introduce babies to different textures – a soft, fuzzy blanket or a smooth, squishy ball will help the development of this important sense.
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Babies are learnng every minute that they are awake. They are looking, hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting all that they can and they are guided in these lessons by you. One of the most adorable things you can experience as a parent is watching your child mimic you. But watch out! Little ones watch and learn from everything you do. They are desperate to practise what mummy and daddy are doing too. Before you know it, your baby will be babbling away into a pretend mobile phone while tottering around in your best Gucci heels. Just keep your favourite Chanel lipstick out of reach!