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Importance of stimulation for baby’s brain development


The multi-dimensional domains of your child's development include the interdependence of cognitive-language, sensory-motor, and social-emotional development.1 The initial years during which your baby's brain development is taking place are particularly sensitive, displaying a remarkable capacity to absorb information and adapt to the surroundings.2

An early development of your child’s cognitive and non-cognitive domains at this stage is vital for an improved academic attainment, productivity and social functioning in adulthood.1 During this period, it is essential that you keep your child in an environment which offers stimulation for the brain thanks to an array of interesting things to do see, hear and touch.3


Stimulation techniques have many benefits:

  1. Baker-Henningham H and Boo FL. Early Childhood Stimulation Interventions in Developing Countries: A Comprehensive Literature Review. 2010. Available from: http://ftp.iza.org/dp5282.pdf. Accessed on: June 21, 2017.
  2. Save the children. Lighting up your brains. Available from: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/Lighting_Up_Young_Brains.pdf. Accessed on: June 21, 2017.
  3. Centre for Effective Parenting. Stimulation during the first year of life. Available from: http://parenting-ed.org/handouts/stimulation.pdf . Accessed on: June 21, 2017.
  4. UNESCO. The contribution of early childhood education to a sustainable society. Available from: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001593/159355e.pdf. Accessed on: June 21, 2017.