Why do it?
- Baby’s vision develops through opportunities to look at things.
- These experiences make connections between brain cells inside the vision centres, and between vision centres and other parts of the brain.
- Around 3 months old baby can move their head and eyes to follow something — or someone — moving past them. This skill is called ‘tracking’.
- Baby is attracted to look at things that move.
- Tracking ability increases with practice.
How to do it
- Have baby lying in a safe place, such as on a blanket on the floor.
- Place yourself where baby can see you, and move something slowly from one side of baby to the other side.
- The distance between baby and the moving object should be about the distance between mum’s face and baby’s face when baby’s feeding (about 30 cm).
- Baby could track (follow with their eyes) your face, a page of a black and white book, or a strongly coloured toy.
- You could try holding a rattle in front of baby, and invite them to hold it.
- Keep repeating these activities a few times each day and watch what baby learns.
Using more reo Māori
|Mātakina||To gaze at, to watch|
|Karu hōmiromiro||A person with sharp eyesight|
|Titiro ki tēnei||Look at this|
|Kei hea te ….?||Where is the ……..?|
|Ngā taputapu tākaro||Play things|