Stimulate infant brain development

By: Danielle White 3A

Keep it simple and natural

Everyday experiences, such as changing a diaper or giving a bath, build the pathways between neurons when combined with cuddling, talking, or singing.

1. Making eye contact

2. Sticking tongue out

3. Giving a bath

Match experiences to the childs mental abilities

Babies need physical experiences. That is how they learn. It is important to provide experiences at their level of understanding.

1. A safe interactive toy

2.Build an obstacle course

3. Play follow the leader

Practice makes perfect

The more repetition, the stronger the connections between neurons become. Establish routines with the baby so the baby learns what to expect.

1.Reading a bedtime story

2.Play peek-a-boo

3. Establish new routine

Actively involve the baby

Provide experiences in which the child takes part. Children of all ages learn best by doing.

1. Let the baby imitate your facial expressions

2. Go shopping

3. Take the baby on walks

Provide variety, but avoid overload

Some parents try to expose their baby to as many different experiences as possible to enhance brain development.

1. Daycare

2. Take him/her grocery shopping

3. Playground

Avoiding pushing the child

Children learn better if they are interested in what they are doing. Look for clues as to whether the child shows interest in the activity. If not, do not pursue it.

1. Don't force into doing something

2. Don't make him/her stop eating/drinking when they don't want to

3.Let it do what it wants