Introduction

Introduction
The scent of your skin, the taste of milk on her tongue, the cadence of your voice when you talk to her, a caress or a smile… Through her senses, your baby’s brain processes thousands of messages each day!

The scent of your skin, the taste of milk on her tongue, the cadence of your voice when you talk to her, a caress or a smile… Through her senses, your baby’s brain processes thousands of messages each day!

Touch, hearing, smell, taste and sight are all ways for your baby to explore her world. “Through their senses and moving bodies, babies stimulate their brains and their development. Their senses are their first sources of information,” explains Dr. Dominique Cousineau, pediatrician and head of Sainte-Justine Hospital’s Development Centre in Montreal.

At birth, some senses are more developed than others. Touch, smell and taste, for example, are fully functional, while a baby’s hearing and sight still need to be fine-tuned after birth. Here’s a look at how your baby’s senses develop and a few tips on how to stimulate them, according to age.