Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vision, Mirrors and Color on the Inspire the Senses Playmat

This month, we are focused on the all-new Inspire the Senses Developmental Playmat by Sassy. I am loving all of the developmental benefits the playmat gives your baby. In the last few posts, we have touched on safety and structure benefits, and the versatility and adaptability of the playmat in the development of gross and fine motor skills.

This week, I am going to focus on vision, mirrors and color.

Vision and Mirrors

The playmat's mirror is a helpful tool to foster visual development. The removable mirror that will fascinate your little one. Mirrors are the perfect toy to introduce to your baby between four and eight months of age, or earlier if you want to try. During this time, your baby is just starting to associate the movement of her own face and hands to movement in the mirror. Your little one will love to look at herself- and you- in the mirror. Place baby on your lap and point into the mirror together. You can also slowly move the mirror to improve your baby’s tracking skills. She will follow her face as the angle of the mirror moves. As always, safety comes first. Yet another benefit of the playmat is that the mirror is completely safe for your baby to play with. You will not have to worry about sharp edges or a wooden frame.

Vision and Color

One of my favorite features are its bright contrasting colors. Did you know that when they are born, babies only see a gray spectrum? By four or five months, babies will be able to see the full spectrum of color (starting with reds, and ending with blues). As they develop, babies can distinguish bright, contrasting colors more so than dull colors. The playmat is full of contrasts that will delight your little one.

Pssst. One Sassy Doctor has something to say! Come back for our next post & we’ll focus on language development. (Are you all getting these puns?)

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