YOU ARE YOUR BABY’S BEST EDUCATIONAL TOY
Babies are learning from the moment they are born. They love to be held, touched and feel loved. Playing with your baby stimulates her senses, causing them to be more aware of the world around them. Playing with your baby stimulates her mental and physical development. Studies suggest that babies who are stimulated reach developmental milestones and become independent earlier. They have keener senses, better muscle coordination and have a more secure self-image.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO STIMULATE MY BABY WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR ?
In the first years of a baby’s life, the brain is busy building its wiring system. Activity in the brain creates tiny electrical connections called synapses. The amount of stimulation an infant receives directly affects how many synapses are formed. Repetitive and consistent stimulation strengthens these connections and makes them permanent. Those connections that don’t get used may be dropped away.
The early years are the “prime time” for a young developing brain. This intense period of brain growth and network building capacity happens only once in a lifetime. As caregivers and parents, we have this brief but unique opportunity to help encourage the formation of brain circuitry in our infants.
The foundational networking of the brain’s synapses is nearly complete after the rapid brain development of the first three years.
Interesting stimulation can enhance curiosity, attentiveness, concentration and love of learning in the growing infant and toddler.
Language stimulation is fundamental to all areas of cognitive development. Infants and children who are conversed with, read to, and otherwise engaged in lots of verbal interaction show more advanced linguistic skills than children who are not as verbally engaged by their caregivers.