Stimulate Infant Brain Development

By: Brianna Swehla

Tips:

1. Keep it simple and natural

2. Match experiences to the child's mental abilities

3. Practice makes perfect

4. Actively involve the baby

5. Provide variety, but avoid overload

6. Avoid pushing the child

Examples:

1. Keep it Simple and Natural: Changing a diaper, giving baths, cuddling, signing to or talking to.

2. Match Experiences to the Child's Mental Ability: Safe interactive toy, flashcards are too advanced for a three month old, spelling words is more advanced.

3. Practice Makes Perfect: Bedtime stories, when its bedtime, when to brush teeth, when to eat/ what to eat.

4. Actively Involve the Baby: Putting and taking away tableware, doing dishes in sink, picking up after themselves/ helping pick up.

5. Provide Variety, but Avoid Overload: Try different foods (stay safe), try different and more advanced toys as they grow, take them to new places (more outdoor and different environmentally), involve new creatures and people into life.

6. Avoid Pushing the Child: Try again if child isn't quite ready to walk yet, hold the hands of child but do not force child to walk, introducing new foods but if child does not like then do not force to eat it, if the toy doesn't strike interest, introduce something else.