Intellectual Development of Infants

By: Michelle Stephens

6 tips for parents when stimulating the infant's brain development

Tip 1: Keep it simple and natural. When you bathe a baby or change a baby's diaper it can be made a positive experience for them by singing, talking, or cuddling with them. Some examples are, to help your babies vision you could place them in front of a mirror and let them play. they will see the "other" baby and have fun laughing and looking at it. Also you could stick out your tongue. It will help them learn problem solving because they will imitate you and stick out their tongue. Another one is also you could talk to your baby, even though it won't say anything back, it will help them learn conversation pattern. And when they get old enough that they can talk they will do it a lot.

Tip 2: Match experiences to the child's mental abilities. In order for babies to learn they need a lot of physical experiences. For example, a safe and fun toy can help a baby learn colors or really anything. But if you gave them flashcards they wouldn't understand. You could read them pop-up books or give them easy puzzles.

Tip 3: Practice makes perfect. The more repetition the stronger the connections between the neurons get. You should make a daily routine so the baby will learn what to expect. For example, you can sit down and read a book before bedtime. It will help the baby learn that this is an important time. You could also wait until the night to give the baby a warm bath it could let them know it's almost bed time. One more example is by feeding a baby as soon as it wakes up in the morning indicating that it os breakfast time.

Tip 4: Actively involve the baby. Provide experiences in which the child takes part. The best way to learn is by doing. You should try to get your child to learn how to stand up and every time it succeeds it will help the child know how to do it and will do it more often. you could also play and games to help with hand-eye coordination. Another example is having them point to something or find something that is a certain color.

Tip 5: Provide variety, but don't overload. parents try to expose their baby to as many new experiences as possible to enhance brain development. They do learn more but it can be overwhelming. Get colorful toys but not colors that are too bright. and toys that make noise but don't let them be too loud it could hurt the babies ears causing it to cry. and play games that aren't too hard. remember, keep it simple.

Tip 6: Avoid pushing the child. Children tend to learn better when they it is something they are interested in. So you should look for clues to whether or not they are interested in it. If they aren't then don't force them, try something else. Some examples are if the child likes insects you could teach them science with it. Or if the child likes painting you could teach them some simple painting techniques . and if the child likes animals you could teach them math by saying how many dogs are there and they could count and answer.