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The role of a mother/ caregiver in enhancing the baby’s cognitive development


The environment in which a child grows up is also responsible for sculpting his/her brain. The growth and development of a child is facilitated by providing care, responsiveness, and stimulation.1 Responding to babies with love and warmth makes them feel secure, loved and assured about the fulfilment of their needs.1 The more you interact with your young ones, the more rapid their development is.2 As a mother/caregiver, you play many roles in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of your child.2 In fact, a child's cognitive skills are directly linked to the time spent with the mother.


The following are the various maternal activities you can do to enhance your baby’s cognitive skills:

  1. World Health organisation. Integrating Early Childhood Development (ECD) activities into Nutrition Programmes in Emergencies. Why, What and How. Available from: http://www.who.int/mental_health/emergencies/ecd_note.pdf . Accessed on: June 20, 2017.
  2. Centre for effective parenting. Stimulation during the first year of life. Available from: http://parenting-ed.org/handouts/stimulation.pdf. Accessed on: June 20, 2017.
  3. Bornstein MH and Putnick DL. Cognitive and Socioemotional Caregiving in Developing Countries. Child Dev. 2012;83(1):46-61.