The experiences you give your infant will help your infant’s developing brain. Experiences are essential component of brain development. Experiences determine which connections are strengthened and expanded, experiences can also be eliminated. Connections that are used repeatedly become stronger and connections not used are lost to pruning. Repetition is important because it provides a child with multiple opportunities to straighten connections. When I talk of experiences for healthy brain development I think of three things 1. Speaking- Infants need to have lots of interaction. Babies can distinguish between sounds of a foreign language within the first few months in A English speaking home. By the end of the first year they will not be able to distinguish these sounds. The language spoken at home has wired the brain for English. A two year old child’s vocabulary will quadruple between first and second birthday. At two years old a child sees a reflection in a mirror. He will begin using his own name as well as personal pronouns like I and me. Here is where it’s important to talk to your infant, when playing on the floor show them objects and tell them what it is.
2. Toys make sure there is an assortment of things to play with. Infants love shaking rattles and dropping them to see what happens next. Mobiles are great for tummy time activities.
3. Exploring and experimenting. Make sure there is a safe area with lots of room to explore and experiment. Make sure there is the infant can pull down, sockets are covered and furniture is out of the way. These things will help the developmental development of an infant’s brain because you know what they say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. I hope this helps remind parents of the benefits of talking to your interacting with your infants because of the benefits that come out of this interaction.
Hi I am Marcie Kenny the women behind this blog. No I am not a mother but I am a sister in a family of nine my number is seven in this crowd. I am also known as aunt Marcie to 18 and great aunt to 10.