Newborn Baby Stimulation
December 16, 2008 by SmarterBaby
Your baby’s brain development is shaped by her genes—and her environment, interactions and experiences. Give her brain power a boost by engaging her in the world around her—talk to her, touch her, look at her. By stimulating every sense, you will encourage your baby to make the kind of associations that make learning possible.
Facts: Your baby’s brain triples in size from birth to her first birthday. She goes from being completely helpless at birth to walking, talking and eating solid foods by around 12 months. Regular sensory stimulation promotes her learning.
Significance: Think of your baby’s brain as a blank slate. What you expose her to is what she will learn.
Types: You can stimulate your baby in a variety of ways. Give her a change of scenery by moving her crib or bouncy seat. Keep her in the kitchen while you make dinner; it can fire up her visual and olfactory senses. Hold her close and sing to her; you’ll be creating a great bonding experience, and you’ll also be exposing your baby to language. Place her on her belly for some play time; she gets a different vantage point of her surroundings while strengthening her neck and head muscles.
Time Frame: While brain development occurs all through life, most of it takes place in the first 3 years after birth. Make the most of your baby’s waking time by engaging her in the world around her.
Warnings: Pick up on your baby’s cues to learn. The perfect time for one-on-one stimulation is when she’s quiet and alert. If she’s fussy, hungry or tired, wait for another time to engage her.
http://www.pregnancyandbaby.com: She Knows: Pregnancy and Baby
http://www.kidshealth.org: Kids Health for more ideas on how to stimulate your baby
Donna Christiano is an award-winning free-lance journalist who has written extensively on women’s and children’s health for many consumer magazines, including Woman’s Day, Parents, Weight Watchers and others. Donna has also served on the staffs of Glamour and Bride’s magazines. She tries to live a healthy and strong life in New Jersey with her husband and two children.