If you’re wondering if your baby will be academically brilliant or average or below average, you should learn some facts.
When she is born, your baby has 100 billion (as many as stars in the Milky Way) neurons in her brain. In her initial years, she will develop trillions of brain-cell connections known as neural synapses.
However, the rule for brain connections is to use or lose it. Synapses that are not ‘connected together’ through motivation are cut and lost during the school years.
Although the brain of an infant has some neurological hard-wiring, like the ability to learn a language, it’s more vulnerable and pliable than an adult’s brain.
Amazingly, the brain of a toddler has double neural connections than that of an adult’s.
When you give your baby loving and language-enriched experiences, you actually give her brain’s neural pathways and connections more opportunities to be wired together.
As a result, she’ll gain rich planning, reasoning and language skills. Here are activities that will make sure your child’s brain is ready for years of learning ahead.
1. Activities that Involve Body Movements
Shop for a swing and slide set at Step2 Direct or engage your child in activities like this little piggy, peekaboo, puppets or patty cake.
These activities show children how they can physically interact with the world. They also engage them and keep their attention grabbed.
2. Be Attentive to Your Child
When your kid wants to tell you something, make sure to show that you’re interested in what is interesting for her and make a comment.
This is an easy way to show her that her interests and observations are important to you.
3. Develop an Early Liking for Books in Your Child
Buy books for your kid with big, colourful pictures and share his joy in pointing at some of the pictures or even making sounds corresponding with the book, such as quack quack for a duck’s picture.
Elaborate or simplify the story lines, modulate your tone and encourage your child to talk about the books.
Keep in mind that developing your child’s receptive language (figuring out spoken words) is more important than building his expressive language (speaking) during his infancy.
4. Develop Love in Your Kid for Her Own Body
Stroke your baby’s hair and tummy while playing, reading or even diapering. Research says that babies who are not touched often have brains smaller than they should be for their age.
5. Select Toys that’ll Encourage Interaction and Exploration
Purchase children’s slide at Step2 Direct or toys like stackable rings or blocks, and it will encourage your child to interact with his friends and explore how the world looks while climbing up and sliding down or make him understand stacking too many blocks or rings without straightening will make them fall.
This also develops ‘if-then’ reasoning and cause-and-effect relationships.
6. Pay Prompt Attention When Your Baby Cries
Soothing, cuddling and assuring your baby when he cries helps build positive brain circuitry in your baby’s limbic area of the brain. This area is responsible for emotions. Thus your baby feels emotionally secure.
Do these simple things and you’ll help develop your baby’s brain and will feel proud in the future.