Baby brain boosters

Promote lifelong health by nurturing your baby's brain development

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

“Parents play a daily role in promoting lifelong health by focusing on positive ways to nurture brain development, starting in infancy and extending through the toddler years,” says Dr. James M. Perrin, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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• Talk to your baby in a responsive way, starting at birth. Watch how he responds to your face, focuses, and moves in time to your voice.

• Respond to distress with comfort. Even in infancy, it’s an important way to build a child’s confidence that the caregiver is there.

• Make eye contact with your child from day one. That could be during play, tummy time or even during necessary activities like diaper changes.

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• Reading to your child from infancy stimulates language and cognitive skills, builds motivation, curiosity and memory and stimulates language development.

• Babies learn best from people, not screens, and unstructured play time is more valuable for the developing brain than electronic media. Through unstructured, unplugged play, children learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills.

• Keep a regular schedule of visits to the pediatrician to ensure your child’s physical, mental, and developmental and behavioral health is on track.

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