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Flashing-light toys can capture a baby’s attention but are kind of like empty calories for your baby’s brain. These distractions don’t help a baby’s eyes develop focus, gain the ability to track a moving object, or work together.
Your baby is fascinated with real-life cause and effect. Seeing how things work in the everyday world is foundational for his brain development.
Try taking him on a tour of the house: turning the lights on and off, opening and closing the cupboards, helping you get a drink out of the refrigerator. Talk about what you are doing as you do it. As he gets older, you can help him by putting your hand over his hand as you both manipulate different kinds of switches and handles.