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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