Stimulating Infant Development

Keep is Simple and Natural

Everyday experiences, such as changing a diaper or giving a bath, build pathways between neurons when combined with cuddling, talking, or singing.

Match experiences to the Childs Mental Abilities

Babies need physical experiences. Infants should play with toys, interacts with older babies, and practice colors or names.

Practice make Perfect

The more repetition, the stronger the connections between neurons become. Reading a book, using different actions, and repeating a daily routine are all examples of repetition that babies may need to grow and learn.


Source"Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me That?" Early Milestones. Web. <http://www.earlymilestones.com/ones-why-repetition.aspx>.

Actively involve the Baby

Children of all ages learn best by doing. Examples: Crawling, playing with toys, and interacting with other babies of same age.

Provide Variety, but Avoid Overload

Babies benefit from a variety of experiences, but too many can overwhelm them. Examples showing them how to share is a benefit, but making them multitask, or forcing them to learn can be overwhelming.

Avoid Pushing the Child

Look for clues as to whether the child shows interest in the activity. If not, do not pursue it. Examples: if they start crying, pouting, or frowning move on to something you know your baby likes.