Sensory World of a Baby

An infant’s sense develop in sequence: first the proximity senses (those that need the nearness of some object to operate effectively), and then the distance senses (those that help the baby perceive things that are farther away). Of the proximity sense, the first and most important is touch.

The sense of touch has been detected in human embryos less than 8 weeks old. A fetus will pull away from an object that touches its face at 8 weeks, by 14 weeks, can feel with most of his body.

Nature begins the baby’s massage long before she is born. First she rocks and floats, then the gentle caress of the womb becomes stronger, gradually becoming the contractions that rhythmically squeeze and push, providing massive stimulation to the infant’s skin and organ systems. Therefore, babies birthed by C section, infant massage becomes an important way to stimulate the skin and organ systems.

Newborns who had early skin-to-skin contact were warmer, cried less, interacted with their mothers more and had greater levels of mother-infant attachment. ((The Cochrane Databse of Systmatic Reviews, May 2012)


嬰兒的感官是按順序發展:首先是接近感(那些需要接近某些物體才能有效操作的感官),然後是距離感(那些幫助嬰兒感知遠方事物的感覺)。 在接近感官中,第一和最重要的是觸摸。 在不到8周大的人類胚胎中已檢測到它們的觸感。 胎兒在14周大已可以感覺到自己大部份的身體。 大自然在嬰兒出生前很久就開始了為它按摩。 首先,它在羊水中搖擺和浮動,子宮溫柔的呵護在生產時變得強大,逐漸成為有節奏擠壓和推動的收縮,為嬰兒的皮膚和器官系統提供巨大的刺激。 由於用開刀方法生產的嬰兒沒有經過子宮的收縮推壓,嬰兒按摩成為刺激它們皮膚和器官系統的重要方式。 調查指出,越早與初生嬰兒越多肌膚接觸,它們身體會更溫暖,哭得更少,與母親互動更多,母嬰依戀程度更高。