After your baby makes their grand entrance, everything in life is new again. Watching them discover things for the very first time is such a joy, but one thing that tends to catch them off guard is texture. The list of textures is endless, and many babies struggle to find ways to cope with certain ones. Here are a few different ways babies can explore texture and learn to adapt to the world around them.
Think About Their Toys
There’s no right or wrong way to go about introducing texture. You can take steps to encourage exploration; your baby’s toys are excellent places to begin. Your child knows these things are theirs, and they’ll put these items in their mouth and reach for them.
Think about various toys, their materials, and how age-appropriate they are. Blocks are excellent toys for all ages, and they come in varying materials—from silicone or wood to plastic—and textures, from smooth or rigid to plush. So while your child is developing other skills, they’re also acquiring a knack for textures.
Visit Local Places
Understandably, loading up the kids and taking them places all the time can be a challenge. But you don’t have to overwhelm yourself when you’re going places. Every time your little one leaves the house, they learn and develop. If you have a park within reach, consider visiting it a few times a season so that your baby can feel the ground, see other life in nature, and learn to explore somewhere outside of their home environment. There’s a ton of plant life and terrain to explore that will introduce a world of natural textures.
Gather Some Supplies
Sometimes leaving the house isn’t in the cards, and that’s okay. Create a box of things from around the home with varying textures, and give your baby time and space to explore the items. Of course, you need to consider age ranges and choking hazards. Typically, larger pieces of material that are small enough to hold but big enough to avoid choking are perfect. Some excellent ideas to add to the collection include:
- Pasta spirals
- Gel shoe inserts
- Carpet remnants
Try not to overthink the different ways babies can explore texture. Always remember that your baby will explore the world around them as they deem necessary. Turn to your home or yard when you need some inspiration; there’s much to learn from our immediate environment.