Stimulate Infant Brain Development

By: Hannah Cline

Keeping it simple and natural

This any everyday activity that stimulates the baby's environment.

  1. talking and singing to the baby
  2. giving your baby a bath
  3. and changing his/ her diaper

Match the experiences with the child's mental abilities

Babies need physical experiences to learn, but this need to be at their level of learning for them to grasp whats going on.

  1. safe toys that let the baby play and learn
  2. letting the baby play on the floor
  3. or letting the baby (depending on the age) exercise their feet and have an adventure around the house

Practice makes perfect

Starting a routine is very important because this helps strengthen the connection for neurons with the more repetitions.

  1. reading a book at bed time
  2. sing songs that they can understand many times
  3. have a daily routine that is easy for your child to follow.

Actively involve the baby

Have things that the baby can do alongside you.

  1. chores
  2. play games
  3. and reading, just having your child point out pictures while you read is involving them.

Provide Variety, But avoid overloading

Exposing the baby to many different activities is a good thing, but you as the parent can go too far. Remember they don't have the mindset to hold that many things at once.

  1. Start exposing them one week at a time
  2. try like things at once, like catch and simple football
  3. know when your baby isn't interested in something

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Avoid pushing the baby

Children like to learn when they are interested in the subject. Learn when your baby doesn't like something.

  1. crying
  2. arching their backs (when being held) when they're littler
  3. a grimacing face

Citations

"Your Baby's Physical Development: Month 4." Parents Magazine. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

"Your Baby's Physical Development: Month 12." Parents Magazine. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.