Supporting vision is crucial in the first two years of life. Eye-muscle control is developed as baby ‘tracks’ (follows a moving object). Turn this into a game, while also making life-long healthy connections between the baby’s eyes and their brain.

Why do it?

  • Baby’s vision develops through opportunities to look at things.
  • These experiences make connections between brain cells inside the vision centres, and between vision centres and other parts of the brain.
  • Around 3 months old baby can move their head and eyes to follow something — or someone — moving past them. This skill is called ‘tracking’.
  • Baby is attracted to look at things that move.
  • Tracking ability increases with practice.

How to do it

  • Have baby lying in a safe place, such as on a blanket on the floor.
  • Place yourself where baby can see you, and move something slowly from one side of baby to the other side.
  • The distance between baby and the moving object should be about the distance between mum’s face and baby’s face when baby’s feeding (about 30 cm).
  • Baby could track (follow with their eyes) your face, a page of a black and white book, or a strongly coloured toy.
  • You could try holding a rattle in front of baby, and invite them to hold it.
  • Keep repeating these activities a few times each day and watch what baby learns.

Using more reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Inspect, examine
To see
Watch, observe
A person with sharp eyesight
Titiro ki tēnei Look at this
Move about
Do it again
Taha Side
Kei hea te Where is the ....
Ngā taputapu tākaro Play things