Stimulating Infant Brains

Josh Eklund

Keep It Simple and Natural

Everyday experiences, such as changing a diaper or giving a bath. Singing and talking help stimulate an environment rich with positive interaction.

Match experiences to the child's mental abilities.

Babies need physical experiences, it's how they learn. Make sure to tailor it to their level. A safe toy can help them learn, but flashcards wont do much for a three month old. A set of building blocks would be perfect to stimulate creativity.

Practice makes perfect.

The more repetition the stronger the connections become. Establish routines with the baby so that they learn. Include reading a book even when the baby can not read. They will learn that sitting down with you and a book is important. These routines can be for eating, bathing or even play time.

Actively involve the baby

Provide experiences in which the child takes part. Children of all ages learn best by doing. Involve them in sports, puzzles, and reading books.

Provide variety, but avoid overload

Some parents try to expose their babies to as many different experiences as possible to enhance brain development. Babies do benefit from a variety of activities but too much can overwhelm them. Don't just let your baby watch TV, let them play with the dogs, go outside, or play with their toys. Just don't give them too much at once.

Avoid pushing the child.

Children learn better if they are interested in what they are doing. Look for clue as to whether the child child shows interest in the activity. If not, do not pursue it. If your kid doesn't like sports interest them in other areas like reading or music.
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Works Cited:

Bouchez, Collette. "How to Raise a Smart Baby." Web MD. 4 Sept. 2015. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.