George Halvorson, former head of US health care company, Kaiser Permanente, recently wrote “The biggest single public health deficit and failure…today is the fact that almost no parents of newborn children have been told or taught that they can improve their child’s learning abilities significantly by exercising their baby’s brain in the first three years of life.”
Sound intimidating? Not sure where to start? Well don’t be. Understanding what, when and how to stimulate your baby is simple. We’ve answered your questions here.
When children play and explore, they are creating important pathways in the brain that set the foundation for all future learning. It’s like creating new roads for thoughts to travel on. Every time your baby experiences something new, a new road is created. Every time they repeat that experience, the road is reinforced.
Play is absolutely vital to your baby’s development and it is a life-long process that enhances development for children of all ages. Any activity that arouses or encourages your baby’s senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) is stimulation.
By playing with your child in a purposeful way, you are helping to create those pathways in the brain and jumpstarting your baby’s intellectual and physical learning.
Babies are born wired to develop skills but they must be nurtured to do it properly. Play is one of the most important ways that your baby learns about his world. It is the way your baby learns new skills and it starts the day he is born.
Research shows that the first 1000 days of your baby’s life (the first 3 years) are the most important time to influence all areas of your baby’s development. It is now widely known that early experiences, particularly during the first 3 years, set the stage for ongoing development.
Even when your baby is playing silently in her cot or on your lap, she is learning important information that she will carry with her and use later. And as she grows and develops, she begins to learn more and more complex ideas through play.
This is the best part!
Stimulating your baby is so easy and fun to do! Playing together, chatting, reading, singing and pointing out new and exciting tastes, smells, textures and sounds are all stimulating.
Your baby’s brain is like a sponge and he is keen to learn about the world around him and is soaking up all the information and experiences he gets.
Through various types of play, your child will learn to discover, create, and problem solve in a safe, caring environment. As children grow and mature, their play skills also change, allowing for the development of new skills that are more varied and complex.
At any stage of development however, parents play a vital role in helping to facilitate the growth of skills that are important for later learning experiences.
Try to provide your little one with opportunities to engage in focused activities in all the various skill areas. These include:
You don’t need to, but following a program like Nubabi, will help to ensure that you are able to introduce a full range of new experiences to your little one at exactly the right time. All of your baby’s developmental needs will be covered in convenient, managable weekly installments. Plus, you will never be at a loss for great play ideas again!
And that’s it!. It’s as simple as child’s play and the benefits are endless. So get down to eye level with your precious little one, you’ll both be so glad that you did!
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