Encouraging your Baby’s Development
Virtually all new parents are curious about encouraging baby development. Early in a child's life, many things are happening at the same time. Your child is learning at an amazing rate and absorbing information about the world. They are figuring out how their own bodies work, slowly but surely mastering tasks such as grasping objects and taking those precious first steps.
As a parent, you are the center of your child's world. Encouraging baby development rests, to a very high degree, on your shoulders. A child who is properly stimulated during the very early years is more likely to grow up healthy, happy and well-adjusted than a child who doesn't receive enough attention. In fact, a lack of interaction and attention during childhood – which includes the baby years – has been shown to lead to behavioral problems later in life. Here, we'll review some of the most important things you can do in encouraging baby development. You'll find that these are fun activities, and watching your child develop is a true joy.
Feed Your Baby Well
Studies have shown that the nutrition which a child receives between birth and their fifth year affects their health and development for the rest of the child's life. There's literally no time to waste; the early years are crucial when it comes to nutrition. Experts agree that breast-feeding is still the healthiest option. If this isn't possible for you, use the highest-quality formula available. Ask your doctor for some good recommendations. Once your child moves on to eating solid foods, begin presenting her with a wide variety right away. Experts believe that the more foods a child is exposed to early in life, the greater their chances are of becoming a “good eater” once they're old enough to express their own opinions. A wider variety of foods also delivers a broader range of nutrients, encouraging baby development.
Interaction is Crucial
Literally every aspect of a child's development, from health to learning to mobility, is directly influenced by their interactions. Negative interactions or a lack of proper interaction quickly teaches a child that the world is a scary place, one which is better off unexplored. On the other hand, having plenty of positive interactions teaches a baby that the world is a fun and exciting place! This learning makes the child want to learn more about the world, fostering curiosity and, in many cases, increasing learning and development. As your baby grows, expose her to as many new things as possible. Read to her from birth onward – she won't understand what you're saying at first, but she'll pick up on the tone of your voice. Babies who are read to also have an increased chance of learning to read earlier than their peers, as well as reading at a higher level. Play music for your baby even before he's born! Babies in the womb can hear what’s going on in the world, and they love music. Stick to soothing rhythms and happy, upbeat songs. You may even feel your child “dancing” inside of you, and those early memories of music are likely to stick with him throughout his adult life. Toys encouraging baby development aren't hard to find. There's no need for pricey items – in the early years, nearly any (safe) object which captures a baby's attention is great for development.
As you can see, encouraging baby development is as easy as providing proper nutrition, plenty of attention and stimulation. Following these steps will start your baby off right, with a healthy body and a well-developed mind.