Improving visual skills at home (1091)

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It is important to encourage your baby to use their eyes to help develop visual skills and brain development. During the first few months of life, your baby should start to follow faces and objects with their eyes.

Use these tips to help your baby’s vision:

- Hold your baby in your arms in a face-to-face position. If your baby needs extra body support, lay them on their side or back.

- As your baby gets bigger, use an infant seat or recline baby in a high chair if extra support is needed for head control.

- High contrast color. Use black and white, or red and black.

- Larger. Use objects that are tennis ball sized.

Use these tips if your baby is having trouble focusing:

Watch for signs that your child is "ready". They should be in a quiet alert state. Make sure your baby is not too hungry or tired.

- Be careful not to over-stimulate with too much noise, touch or fast moving toys. You may lose your infants attention.

- Put a toy against a solid colored backdrop to make it easier to see.

For other health and wellness information, check out this resource:

ALERT: Call your child’s Occupational Therapist if you have questions or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.