The Eyes Have It

by Ann Douglas

Baby EyesAs your baby approaches her first birthday, she will increasingly use her eyes to send you messages and to check in with you to ensure that her messages are being received.

That's the key finding to emerge from a study conducted by Rebecca Hanson and Lesley B. Olswang of the Department of Speech and Language Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington (Prelinguistic Intentional Communication: Sending a Clear Message With Eyes, Hands, and Voice).

If your baby wants a book that's out of her reach, she'll look at the book and look back at you to see if you've noticed what's caught her eye. She'll then re-direct her gaze at that book to make it easier for you to pick up on her cues.

Babies have to be so patient with parents, you know.

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site,

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