The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to their development, but there are easy ways that you can help as a parent. Keep reading to discover a few of our tips & tricks to help promote your infant’s brain development.
5 Easy Ways to Promote Infant Brain Development
- Visual stimulation. Did you know that newborns see black and white best? We even designed the insides of our Baby Boxes to have black and white patterns for this very reason! Another great way to give your baby the stimulation they need is to make eye contact with them often. This is also a great way to bond and to help your child recognize your face!
- Give them things to imitate. Even newborn babies are capable of imitating what they see. Stick out your tongue or make funny faces, and your infant will probably try to do it, too! Another trick? Let your baby look at themselves in the mirror. They’ll find it fascinating to see themselves, and it helps them learn about expressions and emotion.
- Limit screen time. This may seem like a no-brainer, but babies shouldn’t be exposed to too much screen time. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under 18 months should not have any screen time at all, other than video chatting when necessary. It does little for brain development and can also cause them to lose interest in the toys and activities that are actually helping them learn.
- Try tummy time often. Laying your baby down on his or her tummy for tummy time provides physical stimulation which promotes brain networking and motor development. It further allows the baby to work on muscle control, coordination, and eventually sitting, rolling, and crawling.
- Count everything you see. When you hand the baby toys, count them. If you’re putting on their shoes, count shoes, socks, and toes. Practice counting aloud even when they are infants. Your baby is a sponge and will absorb everything you say and do.
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