Infants and toddlers learn about the world around them through their senses. Hearing. Sight. Smell. Taste. Touch. They prefer playing with toys that stimulate their senses. Tickles Sensory Ball is one such toy. Soft, rounded spikes provide gentle tactile stimulation. Babies delight in the way it feels against their skin. Plus its peanut shape makes it easy for small hands to grasp. And roll. Which encourages crawlers to chase after it. Such physical activity develops both fine and gross motor skills. Measures 6″L. Tickles Sensory Ball comes fully inflated. Re-inflate, as needed, through a built-in pin receptacle.
Touch-an essential human need
Babies learn through their senses. Touch teaches them to recognize tactile differences. Learning to distinguish one texture from another is an acquired skill. Nevertheless, it is not the key lesson babies learn through touch. Learning to trust, however, is. For this reason babies like being held. More importantly they also need to be held.
That is because touch is an essential human need. So crucial that without consistent positive touch, babies fail to thrive. Severely premature babies, unable to breathe on their own at birth, spend months in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Too fragile to leave their specialized incubators, these babies can only be held when stabilized. Often weeks after birth.
That’s when parents and babies make up for lost time with skin-on-skin contact. Such direct touching is critical to the health and well-being of the preemie. Moreover research shows that the positive sensory stimulation skin-on-skin contact provides enhances brain development. Not only does it support breastfeeding success, but it also insures emotional and social development.
Observe how babies respond to being picked up. They settle into a comfortable position and snuggle close. Similarly they like loving strokes and gentle massages. Touch helps babies form attachments to their caregivers. At the same time, babies are also quick to let us know when they’ve had enough. By paying attention to their cues, we earn their trust. Simply stated, babies develop trust in those who consistently respond positively to their needs. Without this initial trust, humans have a hard time learning to trust others. Humans experience a sense of emotional wellbeing and develop healthy social relationships only when they can trust.