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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.

Actively involve the baby

Provide experiences in which the child takes part. You can involve your child in picking out the bedtime story, bath toys, and snacks.

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.

Avoid pushing the child

Children learn better if they are interested in what they are doing. Look for clues of such as yawning, looking away, squirming, or crying that show your baby is uninterested. If these signs are visible find another activity to pursue.

Sorces

"Sensory Overload in Infants." MSU Extension. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.