Stimulating Child Brain Development

A how to guide for parents

Tips from the pros

Keep it simple and natural: Experts urge parents to give children an environment rich with positive interaction and talking

EX: Cuddling, talking or singing

Match experiences to the child's mental abilities: Infants need physical experiences and it is important to provide these experiences at their mental level

EX: Flashcards are too advanced for a three month old, toys with many colors, books when the child cannot read aren't beneficial

Practice makes perfect: Repetition forms stronger connections between neurons

EX: Read a book to the child before bedtime, the child will learn that sitting down with you and a book is important, create daily routines for the child, have a usual bedtime

Actively involve the baby: Provide experiences in which the baby takes part

EX: Allowing the baby to clean up their mess, involving the baby in cleaning themselves during a bath, allow your child to crawl around with you

Provide variety, but avoid overload: Babies do benefit from a variety of experiences, but too many can overwhelm them

EX: toys with too many things going on can make the child become uninterested, puppets, craft kits

Avoid pushing the child: Children learn better if they are interested in what they are doing

EX: if the child does not show interest in what they are doing do not pursue it, look for clues to see if the child is bored, a toy that is too basic for a child their age might not interest them anymore

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