10 vital ways to nurture your baby's growing brain!
10 Easy Ways to Nurture Your Baby’s Growing Brain
My goal in this post is to give you easy tips to help nurture your baby’s growing brain during their first year of life since this is when majority of brain growth occurs! Babies are born with only 25% of their brain volume and over the course of the next 12 months their brain will triple in size! A baby’s brain grows by 1% per day for the first 3 months before it slows down to 0.4% for the next 9 months. Whaat?!! How amazing is that?
Babywearing. When infants spend less time crying and fussing they spend more time learning! Carried babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness. This is the behavioral state in which an infant is most content and best able to interact with their environment. It may be called the optimal state of learning for a baby. Carrier babies show enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
Talk to your baby about everything. Word count matters! Children who have parents who talk to them often tend to form stronger language and conversational skills than kids who don't.
Talk to your baby about their emotions. Even young babies can start to register tone, language, and their feelings when they experience a caregiver mirroring their emotional state and putting language to it. For example, if your baby is crying because they bumped their head you can say something like, “Oh, I’m so sorry you fell and hit your head! That must have hurt.” Several experimental studies have found that verbalizing and mirroring your infant’s mood reduced distress in the infant.
Read to your baby everyday.
Snuggle! Cuddling, playing and expressing your love to the baby will stimulate his brain.
Bond and interact constantly with your baby. According to scientists, constant interaction with your baby can vastly improve his brain development.
Have your baby sleep in a common area. Daytime stimulation can help with brain growth. A number of developmental studies found that babies regulate their heart rate and breathing better when they hear parental stirrings or noises.
Avoid TV or screen time until 18 months.
Breastfeed. Breastfed babies have a 5% higher IQ than non breastfed babies.
Listen to music to increase attention span and improve memory. Learning how to play music nurtures his spatial and temporal reasoning and develops his numerical aptitude in later life; so take a music class with your baby!