Watching a moving object and hearing common noises help fine tune your baby’s tracking skills. Here are some newborn play ideas for tracking sights and sounds:
Slowly move a High-Contrast Card back and forth horizontally about 12 inches in front of your baby’s face and see if her eyes track the moving image. This may be a challenge for her. You can also shake and slowly move the high-contrast rattle in her field of vision from side to side. Her eyes may cross because they are still building muscle strength.
By week 4, your baby will show more interest in sounds. Help support that by exposing her to sounds from real life. Try to introduce just one sound at a time. When your baby is alert and the room is quiet, you can tear or crumple up paper, pour pasta into a pan, tap a spoon against a bowl, or make other everyday noises. Talk about what you are doing and see if she looks toward the source of the sounds.