Brain Development

By: Gabriella Rustici

Keep it simple and natural

Everyday experiences, such as making eye contact, giving a bath, or stick your tongue out, builds pathways between neurons. Gives children an rich environment with positive reaction and talking.

match experiences to the childś mental abilities

Babies need physical experiences, that is how they learn. It is important to provide experiences at their level of understanding. An example is play follow the leader, build an obstacle course, or even be a playground. What I mean is let your baby climb all over you, it will boost her problem solving skills and coordination.

Practice makes perfect

The more repetition, the stronger the connections between neurons become.

~Play peek-a-boo

~ establish new routine

~read a bedtime story, even though the baby can´t read yet.

Actively involve the baby

Provide experiences in which the child takes part. Childrens of all ages learn best by doing something. Some examples are

-Go shopping

-Change up the scenery

-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. Some examples to do so is infant playground, take baby grocery shopping, take baby to day care. babies do benefit from variety of experiences, but too much can overwhelm them.

Avoid 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. Such as feeding make sure to lean off a certain food instead of forcing a different food item. A toy, don force them to play with a toy if they don´t want to. Don´t force them to wear clothing such as socks try a different tactic

Citation

Johnson, Heather Moors. "50 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter." Parents Magazine. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.