Learning about what is on your baby's mind

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What’s On Your Baby’s Mind?

  • By the time your child has reached kindergarten level, your smart baby would have mastered how to walk, talk and eat alone. She/He will master the correct use of a toilet. Make friends and will be able to ask questions and deduce answers.
  • In fact, children between the ages of newborn to 3 learn more through daily interactions than in any other age bracket.
  • One of the first things your baby will learn is to get your attention… Either because they’re hungry, have a soiled diaper or if they are tired – the crying will happen.
  • In the process of learning this, your baby is learning about human emotion.
  • Your baby will know how to act to make you laugh and get your approval, and will discover things that make you mad just by observing your reaction.
  • The way a 3-year-old child , your baby is learning twice as fast as an adult will.
  • They say children soak up information like a sponge. It’s true. Many children younger than 3 are exposed to a second language and never tell themselves they can't do it. They learn it by seeing, doing and trying.

The best way to enhance your baby's learning or give extra stimulation is simply by spending more time with your child. If you are working in an office, make sure your child is in a high-quality child-care setting. The ideal situation for toddlers and infants would be to have several attentive caring adults and older children who play with the baby regularly in a rich physical environment.

  • During the time you spend with the baby, try to play, talk, exchange and be attentive with your child.
  • Use all occasions as they are presented… If your baby's in the mood to dance, then join in and dance with your baby. If she's playing peek-a-boo, engage in a game of peek-a-boo.
  • Be spontaneous and get down on the floor and interact with your child. Your child will learn in situations where play isn't present.
  • They'll learn by watching other children, or other adult caregivers in their daily activities.
  • Babies are learning when they're throwing their toys out of their beds. They're learning when they take a bath and they're learning when they get into your pots and pans in the cabinet.
  • It all may seem insignificant but the baby is learning about noise, life and the environment he/she lives in. They are discovering their own possibilities.
  • An important part of the research has found that babies who were deprived of adult interaction, made children's development worse. Babies need the adult-baby interaction.
  • When the baby didn't get the right quality care, the baby's knowledge suffered. They may not get to reach the mental and emotional levels they should normally reach when entering kindergarten.

While there are many factors that contribute to a baby's development, you as parents should know that the first 3 years are important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure you:

  • Interact with your baby often and in a variety of ways.
  • Show interest in the things that interest your baby.
  • Let your baby try and experiment with many things.
  • Set up different learning opportunities for your baby. For example: pots and pans, a basket of clean laundry, empty boxes, etc.
  • Establish firm limits and be consistent with behavior you find unacceptable.
  • Show your child your love and pride.