You know that your baby is already developing their vision and hand-eye coordination during their first year. What you may not realize is that toys have a part in that development too. Hand-eye coordination is the coordination between the two and it is something that will benefit your baby throughout their life.
Some parents argue that it is not the toys that are helping their baby learn this skill, but rather the time they spend with their child. It is true that you can’t make your baby play with a toy, but you can set the best conditions for your child to learn through play.
Here is what you can do to improve your baby’s hand-eye coordination:
Start by putting some toys in front of them and encourage them to reach for and look at them. Be careful not to call their attention away from the toy by doing this yourself.
Give them something light to grab and move around from time to time. This will help them develop hand-eye coordination quickly because it encourages them to make movements with their hands while interacting with objects. They will then be able to focus on what they are doing and repeat it time after time, benefiting everyone in the process!
You should also try things like passing little rings or balls back and forth between your hands while looking at each other. This way, both of you will be able to focus on what your hands are doing instead of getting distracted by each other’s faces or anything else in the room that may provoke a reaction from either one of you.
The bottom line is that you need to keep trying new things if you want your child’s hand-eye coordination skills to develop properly! You may even want to try different games out there so as not to get bored and wind up having your child repeat the same types of activities over and over again, which isn’t good for anyone involved!
How can I encourage my baby to reach for toys on their own?
A few months after a child turns six months old they will begin to reach for objects that catch their attention, rather than just waiting for someone to put something in their hand. This is a major milestone for baby development, but many parents don’t realize that it is also the beginning of a new set of challenges.
How do you encourage your infant to reach for toys on their own without making them feel frustrated and without making yourself frustrated? Here are some things you can do:
Try playing with your baby using an object that they can’t reach. You could hold it up in front of them or you could even move it from side to side or up and down, but make sure that they are looking directly at it as you do this. When they start trying to grab the toy, try moving it out of reach again and repeat the process until they give up. Then, switch toys and repeat the whole process all over again. The goal is for your child’s frustration level to be higher when the toy is within reach than when it’s out of reach.
You should also try games where you show them how to grab things properly while distracting them with something else at the same time. For example, if they’re trying to grab at a stuffed animal, you could hold a rattle right next to the animal so that when they try to grab at one thing, their hand will naturally go towards the other thing instead!
The bottom line is that reaching for objects on their own doesn’t come naturally for infants and young children. You need to teach them how to do this in a fun way so that they won’t grow frustrated with themselves or with you while learning! Start slowly by playing games like peek-a-boo where your child has fun trying to touch your face as you cover it up with your hands. As long as you’re having fun together, there’s no reason why learning should be stressful!