The Best Way To Boost Infant Brain Development
The Best Way To Improve Infant Brain Development
Two of the best ways to improve infant brain development is by playing stimulating games, and, encouraging speech and language skills.
In the first years of a child's life many thousands of brain cell connections are made every day. At first you can notice the development - managing to open both eyes at once, focusing, holding up head and so on. These are typically the motor development "signals" parents readily track.
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But soon progress is too fast and too subtle. This is particularly true when social, intellectual, emotional and other finer developments also take place.
When I couldn't sleep I used to count how many words my one year old daughter knew - but soon she was acquiring language so fast that it became impossible. And that was only her language skills.
Few parents realize just how much their child takes in at a time and at what rate they learn. Quickly have a look at these online videos for proof of just what is possible for your child. And this isn't pushing any child! It is just developing the abilities they are capable of. Off course, a cheaper option to get the same results is by using Baby Can Read.
But if children are really capable of learning at such a fast rate...
What Are The Things That Affect Infant Brain Development?
Development made in the early months affects children for the rest of their lives. This means that parents and caregivers have a huge responsibility. The home in which a child grows and develops his skills has a strong influence on brain development.
Parents who give a loving, encouraging, stimulating environment that is both safe and stimulating lay down the best basis for their children that will last them all their lives.
Research shows that a baby's brain is extremely receptive to the various experiences it meets. Your child's brain also learns from these experiences. With each experience babies gain a better understanding of their surroundings and how it works. Although their brains are not yet fully developed, the learning process is the same as that of adults.
How Infant Brain Development Works
A lot of progress and development takes place during the first year. So much so that your child's brain activity will more closely resemble that of an adult brain than that of 12 months earlier.
Recent research tells us that learning depends on 2 parts:
In part on nature - the genes we receive from our parents
But also on nurture - the way we are cared for, the stimulation we receive and the experiences that we encounter.
Although we cannot influence the genes which we receive, we can do a lot about creating a stimulating environment to best and fully develop these genes. That's why these first years are so important then for improving and extending infant brain development.
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"This is an excellent book! I'll give some main reasons why:
1. Provides TONS of ideas for age-appropriate games to play with baby (gets rid of repetitiveness that comes from singing one song or playing one game OVER and OVER...and takes the guessing game out of "What can I do to entertain my baby?")
2. Has vibrant illustrations/photos showing parents and babies playing/bonding during the games (which draws my attention even more to the book)
3. The games can be played practically anywhere, often not requiring toys or juggling acts on the part of the parent (thus leaving the games very versatile, functional, and practical)
Overall, this book is a MUST HAVE for any parent with an active baby. I just wish more "baby games" books were like this one!"
How To Boost Infant Brain Development
One of the most important ways is to communicate with him. Do everything to encourage and develop his speech and language skills.
When I see parents who over a period of time don't speak to their child, even when interacting in other ways by feeding them or changing them, it worries me. Interact with your baby using speech as much as you can… even when you think he is too young to take notice.
I have a friend who once worked in a part of the world with a very high infant death rate. At that time it had become the custom not to interact very much with small babies because you might loose them and it would make it harder. They thought her very strange when she spoke to a newborn baby. She became known as 'the woman who talks to babies'. Fortunately within a short time everything changed for the better and mothers started singing to their children again.
Sing with him, talk with him, read books to him, repeat his coos and babbles. Follow his lead and imitate his sounds. This is how your baby begins to understand the way conversation works. Talking with him will help him to realize that language is a normal thing and that he can take part. When he stops answering, he is tired and its time for sleep.
Mention your baby's name often. Keep your face close to his while you're talking so she can focus on your mouth.
Point out things and then say the names of them. Do not use baby talk. He will also pay more attention to the sing-song voice that older people naturally use.
Tell and describe your day to day activities in and around the house. Even though this may become tiring at times, just keep doing it. You will be pleased later.
Most of us have appliances at home that we don't use fully - despite a list of instructions we may never use all the facilities available. Exactly the same principle applies to our children. The more researchers find out about babies the more it seems that they are capable of quite a bit more than was previously appreciated.
Infant brain development is a complex process, but obviously capable of much more than what we believe. Babies do not come with an owner's manual like your DVD player. Fortunately, baby seems to manage. But with your help to create a loving, encouraging, stimulating environment they can learn to develop it to the full.
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