A Baby’s First Five Years

Baby Learning

What occurs during the first five years of a baby’s life can have an enormous impact on how well a baby develops throughout its lifetime. A portion of a baby’s brain cells are prewired at birth, however much of a baby’s development is based on learning that takes place during the important first five years.  According to a recent WebMD article by Colette Bouchez (http://tinyurl.com/m673joe) one-on-one parent-to-baby contact is the key to successful growth and development of a baby during this critical initial period of the child’s life.

There have been many toys, books, videos and other learning tools that are promoted to be able to help an infant develop its intelligence during the initial years of its life. The article by Colette Bouchez, however, points out that all the baby really needs to boost its brainpower is its parents.  Paying close personal attention to the baby is its best learning tool.  This includes talking to the baby, playing with the baby and paying attention to what interests the baby.  This is really the best way to stimulate the baby’s brain to grow and develop. Bouchez suggests while reading to the baby the parent should point to pictures and then use them to identify shapes, animals and other things that engages their interest.  This is much better than sitting the baby in front of a television and assuming he or she is happy.

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Predicting Your Baby’s Personality

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The Chinese believe that each baby starts life with an inherited set of personality traits. Some traits are obvious almost from birth; others will become apparent by 3 or 4 months. Parents can have a tremendous influence on how a baby develops but you cannot change your baby’s inborn personality. To gain insight into what your baby will become there are a number of things you can look for. Does your baby smile at just about anyone who scoops him up or does he seem to have been born with stranger anxiety?  Does your baby typically go with the flow or does she refuse to sleep anywhere but in her own crib? Does your baby fuss at the slightest provocation or is she seldom set off by changes in her environment or routine?

Many Asians believe much of a baby’s inborn personality is based on the 2,000 year old Chinese zodiac. It is felt that babies born in certain years will have personality traits that will follow them throughout their lives.  There are many sources that provide insight into the personality traits of the different signs of the Chinese zodiac.  The infants’ wear brand Zodiacals™, for example, prints the characteristics of the three most recent signs right on their labels. Babies born in the year of the rooster tend to be trustworthy, sociable, sharp and very accomplished.  Babies born in the year of the monkey tend to be clever, curious, charismatic and extremely inventive.  Babies born in the year of the goat tend to be artistic, sensitive, sweet and charming.

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