Love and care - Everyday stimulants for your infant’s brain
Every parent wishes their kids would do well in life and excel in academics. Preparation can begin the moment your baby enters the world. Research on brain development in infants show that an early childhood, surrounded by activities, can leave a positive impact on the child’s brain well into adulthood. In the initial years of life, a new born baby’s brain development includes the building of its wiring system, called synapses. The amount of stimulation that your baby receive can directly affect the quantity of synapses that are formed.1
From sitting to crawling or smiling and laughing, each achievement is a developmental milestone.
Here are some everyday activities related to showing your affection and care, that can help with the brain development in your infant:1,2
- Provide consistent loving care: Simple love from parents will help their babies grow. If a child is in a loving setting, they will learn to love. A close relationship with parents will help develop all areas of their brains.
- Talk to your baby: Parents should take every opportunity to talk to their babies. Parents can talk to their babies while doing something or showing them something. Describing things by using words will boost a new born baby’s brain development.
- Touch sensations work: Providing gentle massages to premature infants for 15 minutes a day helps them gain weight, be more alert, and cry less.
- Make sure babies notice the world: Make sure that your baby is noticing colours, faces, and shapes around them; it means they have good eye health. Take every opportunity to teach them. For example - describe foods and their colours to them.2
- Health and Safety Notes: California Childcare Health Program. Building Baby’s Intelligence: Why Infant Stimulation Is So Important. Available from: http://cchp.ucsf.edu/sites/cchp.ucsf.edu/files/buildbabyinten081803_adr.pdf. As accessed on 15 June 2017.
- University of California. Brain Development. Available from: http://ucanr.edu/sites/ReadytoSucceed/Articles_of_Interest/Early_Brain_Development/. As accessed on 14 Jun. 2017