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How the environment influences your baby’s cognitive development


Being a mother, you are most attached to your child and you can play a role in providing a better environment which influences the child’s cognitive development.1 Because infants and toddlers learn by interacting with the environment, the space in which your child grows - be it outdoors or indoors - should be motivating and inviting with plenty of materials available to stimulate his/her imagination. In the presence of a stimulatory environment, children are encouraged to explore all the possibilities offered for fun, adventure, challenge and creativity.2

Environment Influences the Infants
Environment Influences the Infants
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