Color Vision

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It’s never too early to introduce colors to your infant! Because your two-month-old’s eyes are now able to distinguish between shades, make sure to include a wide variety of colors in his or her toys. Today, I emphasized color each time she was on her playmat.

We have a set of shape toys that are in easy, bold colors, and they were perfect for this game (as opposed to multi-colored toys). I named each color in turn as I held it up to Veronika, and encouraged her to reach out.

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Some she wanted to grab onto.

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Purple and blue got big smiles – maybe those will be her favorite colors down the line!

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Then I set up all the colors in front of her for tummy time, so she could look at the rainbow.

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We played later in the day with musical instruments, and I showed her a few that were in bold, solid colors, like red rhythm sticks…

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… and purple maracas. What a great way to start introducing a rainbow-hued world.

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Flashlight Show

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Your two-month-old is still developing his or her eyesight, and still loves sharp contrast. A great way to play up this factor is to shine a flashlight after dark! This is a cozy game to play at bedtime, or as you wind down for the evening.

I sat with Veronika in her room, turned out the light, and started by shining a flashlight on different parts of her body. Those adorable feet…

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…and hands.

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Next I shined the light on various toys or objects around the room, naming them as I did so. This makes the game great not just for strengthening eyesight, but also for language development.

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Because big brother Travis loves to take the occasional bath-by-flashlight, we extended the game to bathtime. Lots of great vocab in here, including the shower curtain…

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…and the little whale who protects our spout.

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You can also play this game while your baby lies in the crib, and shine the flashlight through a toy or other object held up against the wall. You’ll get great shadows – what a show!

Looking & Learning Cricket Crate

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We’re on to Veronika’s second Cricket Crate, with themes around developing eyesight and visual ways for your baby to explore the world. As a reminder, it looks like Cricket Crate is no longer available through Kiwi Co, but look for their Tadpole line which has replaced it!

Here’s what our kit contained this month: the featured product was a mobile to put together, and we also received a new book about our Cricket pal from month 1, this time titled Where’s Cricket?

The mobile was fantastic, if not short of ingenious. First off, the assembly of it is a perfect craft to engage older siblings. Travis loved helping slot the two wooden bars together.

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The four soft sea creatures that hang from the mobile feature snaps, so they can easily clip on…

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…or off again. You’ll see why this is ingenious in a moment.

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I mounted the mobile above Veronika’s bassinet for new visual stimulation, but the kit also contains instructions for how to permanently mount it in the ceiling above the crib. We skipped the drywall anchor this time around.

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Those soft toys will be great for baby’s eyesight on the mobile, but don’t stop there. Simply unsnap and attach to a stroller or car seat and voila – take-along toys!

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This turned out to be just what we need; Veronika is at her fussiest if she’s in the stroller ready to go and the rest of us are still getting on coats and boots.

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Now there was so much to see!

You can also attach the toys to any playmat. We gave the sea creatures a little swing to further delight her.

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The toys can also be used to encourage batting for objects. We placed the seahorse near her hands, and encouraged Veronika to reach out for it, which she seemed to enjoy.

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From here, the kit explored other ways to develop a baby’s gaze, beyond the limits of the mobile. Many of the suggestions are ones I’ve already blogged, such as a position change. Veronika likes looking around now from sitting up in my lap…

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…and here she is checking out holiday cards in an over-the-shoulder pose!

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You can also use tummy time to increase vision, propping up a board book – why not Where’s Cricket – to encourage head lifts.

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Suggestions in Wonder magazine were nice reminders to return to a few old favorites, like dangling ribbons or scarves.

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We also used fun patterned socks as little puppets.

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A few final games: We pulled out the classic peek-a-boo, both behind my hands and behind a see-through scarf. Big wide eyes!

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We also repeated an imitation game, sticking out my tongue to see if she would copy. Almost there, Veronika!

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This months Wonder magazine was equally full of advice for parents, including what to expect in baby’s vision milestones, brain development, and a doctor’s opinion on screen time for this age (hint: none).

Online bonus material included downloadable black and white cards, also great for developing baby’s looking skills at this age. We tried ours in the bassinet, and then later taped up during tummy time, which got Veronika to lift her head for a few moments.

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And of course we cuddled up with suggested reading, including lots more books designed to stimulate vision:

Black & White by Tana Hoban

Gone Wild by David McLimans

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

Look, Look by Peter Linenthal

My First Book of Color by H.A. Rey

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See you in month 3!

Tracking Toys

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Veronika and I haven’t played an eye-strengthening activity lately, so today I took some special time with her just to work on her eyesight.

Use any baby toys – particularly ones that rattle or shake or squeak – and move them slowly across the field of vision. See if your baby can follow with their eyes from one side to the other.

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Veronika seemed to love the game, eagerly following all the items.

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Once she had that under her belt, I tested out how her other toy skills are these days. Grabbing?

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Yup! She got the bird! Kicking? I was interested to see if she would kick at bright soft yarn I produced for her to see, but she didn’t do so.

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We also took advantage of holiday season and used decorations as props for the game. She loved dangling green ribbons. From here…

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…to there.

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And little present bows. From one side…

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…to the other.

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But no need for anything special. Any toy works, including classics like dangling baby “key rings”, rattles, and so much more. Happy tracking!