Child Development Flyer
Stimulating Infant Brain Development By Kaitlyn Howard
Keep it simple and natural
Everyday experiences can develop your baby intellectually. Singing while giving the baby a bath, talking to your baby while changing their diaper, or cuddling your baby while feeding can stimulate your brain. This develops the baby's brain by building pathways between neurons in the brain.
Match experiences to the child's mental abilities
Babies need physical experiences because that is how they learn. You could use an age friendly interactive toy, building blocks, or or ball. Be sure everything is age friendly to your infant, using flashcards is too advanced to use with a 3 month old .
Practice makes perfect
The more repetition, the stronger the connections between neurons become. It's important to make routines for your baby. For example to get your child to go to bed, be consistent with the time you lay them down and read them a bedtime story. Keep reading with your infant to get them to develop some speech. Also talking to your baby even very young will help their brain develop.
Provide variety, but avoid overload
Babies do benefit from a variety of experiences, but too much can overwhelm them. For example. Some of cues sensory overload may be turning away, falling asleep, extending arms, continuously crying, sleeping more than necessary, ignoring an activity or a toy, tensing the body and arching the back, and be inconsolable or unable to calm.
"Sensory Overload in Infants." MSU Extension. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.