It’s no secret that we love books in this house. I have bookshelves in the living room packed full of all mine while hubby prefers a picture book with references to the past. The eldest also has a bookcase full of books that she shares with her younger sister. Of course they can’t read yet but eventually they will and the skills they learn at an early age will no doubt help them in the future.
Followers to my blog will know that I recently had my six weeks check and that of my newborn baby. One of the checks they made was whether she could follow their torch from one side to another. Worryingly the doctor said she was struggling with this exercise so didn't feel she could tick the box.
There are several reasons why she may not have done the activity
- She is a little rebel or had an off day so didn't want to be prodded and poked. Who could blame her hey?
- At the time of the test my daughter was not quite six weeks so we wondered if she’d been tested too early.
- Another suggestion of why she didn't perform the activity was offered forward from the health nurse who suggested that it could be put down to the fact I hadn't given my daughter enough eye contact. Having her big sister to care for too means I have to watch both of them.
How are we going to solve the problem?
So in order to solve this problem we have been using a little black and white book. Ok so she may not be able to read the words in it yet but they are a baby’s first colours. Yes forget all those brightly coloured things for baby black and white is in and rainbows are out. Showing her the pages of this book and moving them slowly from one side to the other. Hopefully this will encourage her.
Did you incorporate black and white into your baby’s world?