Tips to Encourage Memory Development in Infants
Babies begin to develop their cognition and memory in the womb. The formation of neurons during the third trimester has peaked interests in research and recognition in babes. The following looks at memory development and ways of encouraging learning skills in infants.
I wish to share with you a study on the effects of napping and memory in babies. Scientists have consistently linked sufficient sleep to better memory. In a single study, researchers launched two experiments. In each one, the babies are 6 months or 12 months and taught how to take mittens from animal puppets. During the experiment, some of the babies took a nap and some did not. A total of 216 babies were tested. The researchers then tested the babies to see if they remembered what they had learned after a 24-hour period. The research found that only the babies who had taken naps after the mitten class, remembered what they’d learned, especially after 24 hours. Study author Sabine Seehagen said: “Its “quite unlikely” that the babies who didn’t nap remember less because they were tired.”
Experimental evidence has revealed the benefit of sleep for infants between the ages of 4 and 12 months. Paediatric professionals recommend an additional 3 hours of rest during the day in combination with the standard 10 to 11 hours that all babes should receive.
Napping helps the brain rest, recover and retain information. Ensuring that your little one receives the appropriate amount of sleep can help facilitate the learning process faster and easier.
Memory is an important neurological function serving as the foundation for future learning and developmental processes. Understanding the importance of memory and ways of improving such skills from a very early age makes it easier for children to grasp information and apply learned abilities in preschool and schooling years. There are many simple ways to ensure that your precious toddler receives the correct amount of daily sleep.
The best way to get your baby into a good sleeping pattern is to create routine. Structure includes keeping play limited to a specific area or room, providing timely feeds and soothing baby to get him or her to rest and fall asleep at similar times. Before 3 months, infants are forming a short-term memory base and by sticking to the same procedure in familiar settings will help little ones make stronger connections.
Research completed by the University of Sheffield indicated that the activities introduced and participated in before relaxation and rest, are more likely to be remembered than if the infant was wide awake. Reading a book or singing to toddlers before they go to sleep has shown favourable results in improving memory. Naps longer than 30 minutes are more beneficial than short periods of sleep. Consulting with a professional can help parents create the ideal sleep structure for little ones.
Provide your precious baby with the best possible start in life. Learning the benefits of sound sleeping patterns will encourage healthy infant development. Creating environments for sufficient rest has proven supportive of cognition and memory in b
Father’s Day is this weekend and I thought what better way to celebrate fathers than to share a guest post from Lee single father sharing his thoughts on the challenges he faces with work/life balance.
Hey y'all, my name's Lee. I'm a single father and blogger at fatkidchronicles.com. I was asked to talk a little bit about the challenges I've faced with the work/life balance. Something I know quite a bit about since I work from home making it harder to separate work and life.
It's my belief that we let our work get in the way of actually living our lives with our children. Along with TV, video games, social media, and cell phones, this problem is only going to expand unless we do something about it as parents. Let me explain.
I used to sit behind my computer desk all day and all night and work on client's businesses (I'm a digital strategist). But when my son turned 3, I looked back at those last 3 years and wondered where the time went. I also couldn't believe how much I hadn't done with him. That got me thinking.
What is my son learning from me? Is he learning how to be an adult, or is he learning how to just work all the time. How am I developing his life skills if I'm sitting behind a computer screen or in front of the TV all the time. Of course, we did that once or twice a year vacation, but is that really enough? These are all questions that I had to ask myself and sadly, the answers weren't good.
I realized we have the unique ability, and frankly, a responsibility to create moments that are kids can look back on and use as building blocks for their own kids. We have the power to create a generation of kids with respect, manners, a sense of belonging, and values that this current generation does not have. We have to step up and be the parents and make the tough calls so that our kids can have better lives.
And we have to start now.
Thank you for reading, I'd love to know what your thoughts are. Please leave a comment below and I'll make sure to read and answer them!
Hi, I'm Marcie Kenny, the women behind this blog. I am not a mother, but I am number seven in a family of nine. I worked in childcare for many years before retiring; now I enjoy blogging about all that I have learned along the way.