PREMATURE BABIES NEED LESS STIMULATION
If your baby was born early, his brain is even less prepared for the experiences he is being exposed to once he is born. Premature babies can’t regulate their level of consciousness well at all as their brains are immature. Their sensory systems are also not fully developed. “All the physical structures are there, but they aren’t working properly yet,” explains Welma. “Therefore, premature babies can easily become overstimulated by the everyday environment. An animated conversation can lead to auditory overload and bright light can hurt little eyes. Smells can cause negative reactions for instance when a baby is exposed to sharp perfume. But, your natural smell can have a calming effect. “The calming sounds of the womb can be recreated for your baby to experience when you spend skin-toskin time together and he hears your heartbeat,” says Welma. The conditions in which a premature baby’s brain develop should be similar to the conditions in the womb. Keep stimulation minimal until your baby begins to indicate that he is ready for more.