Do you know 90% brain development happens by 1 year and a mom can help to boost brain development in her child?
Do you know your baby can listen and even respond to your sounds around him/her in the second half of pregnancy?
I remember talking to my daughters when I was pregnant and researchers say that it is a great way to bond with the child. Once they are born, 0-3 months is the time when your baby take in information and tries to process everything around them.
You have to look very closely to notice your baby doing little things which help him to get used to the environment around them. But it’s also important to know that all children develop differently. As moms we tend to get panicky fast, so its ok to just let it be but if you really feel your baby is not reacting to things as other babies of similar age, consult your doctor for an evaluation.
The first year of life is the time when your child’s development will change fast. Cognitive development at this time will look very different each month.
Here are few tips to boost brain development in infants –
- Talk to your baby – I know it might feel silly but towards the second half of your pregnancy, your baby can listen to you and even react to it. You can even sing to him or read a book too. This is going to help you bond better. In first few months after birth, make sure you do all this too as they can recognise the song and voice they heard when they were inside. It helps them to calm down too.
- Touch – Hold the baby when you are talking or singing to them. Cuddle her, pick her up and rock gently. Also, massage is a great way to boost brain development. Massage with a good oil daily as it also helps to form a bond between mom and her baby.
- Fun activities – Singing, playing, and freedom of movement is also important. Once they are 5-6 months old, you can try some tummy time and allow them to explore the surroundings. Movement is good for the brain development. Do not keep them in your lap all the time.
- Toy time – Your baby needs simple and fun toys and not necessarily the expensive ones. My daughters used to enjoy play and activity gym a lot and I feel it is very good for a baby’s development. It allows them to explore and encourage them to reach out to all the small toys hanging on it. Other than this, the toys like rattles, teethers, and musical toys are also good for a baby’s brain development.
- Good nutrition – Good nutrition is important for good brain development and it starts right from pregnancy. A mom must eat healthy food with a good amount of essential nutrients to boost brain development in the baby. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA have a great impact on the production of neurons in the brain. Eat foods such as fish, walnuts, flaxseed, and eggs for omega 3 fatty acids. Another important mineral is iron as it helps to promote the growth of red blood cells which carry oxygen to the baby’s brain.
After birth, Breastmilk is the best food you can give your baby for the first 6 months of life and beyond. Use feeding time as brain building time too. So, make eye contact, smile and have skin contact with your baby while feeding.
Breastmilk is the best for first six months and it is supposed to help in infant cognition as it has essential nutrients like DHA AND Vitamin E which work together to make sure your baby grows up to be a smart baby.
As your baby grows, be sure you are giving foods rich in iron and variety of foods with all nutrients, like fruits and vegetables for good infant cognition.
- Respond – Parents normally pick up the baby when they cry or hungry. Try to respond to even small cues like cooing sounds, or look directly in eyes when talking to them. But on the other hand, make sure you don’t pick them up as soon as they cry. Let them learn self-soothing too.
- Stay relaxed – Last but not least, just relax as a parent. Provide them with a healthy and happy environment as babies tend to pick up the anxiety pretty fast. Everything your baby sees and hears, smells or experiences stimulates the brain. Infant cognition is a result of many things a mom does and she has to be a teacher, facilitator and a guide for her child to boost it.
These are some tips which helped me as a mom to bond better with my daughters and also to boost brain development. Do you also have any pointers from your experience? Do let us know in comments.
September 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm
Breastmilk is the best for the baby. DHA and Vitamin E work together to make them healthy and develop the brain. Great post Deepa.
September 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm
I completely agree with you that mums can help boost their baby’s cognitive development. As the baby knows their mother from the time of conception. This is a great fact that 90% of baby’s brain development happens by 1 year but not many know about it. These tips & tricks will be really helpful for new mothers.
September 6, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Thanks for the suggestions. I would definitely take care while dealing with my infant by taking these tips into account, Very helpful indeed
September 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm
these are wonderful pointers for moms. moms are the first teachers of babies and they shape their minds up.
September 7, 2018 at 1:23 am
This is such a well researched informative and helpful article..a lot of new parents will definitely benefit for it.
September 7, 2018 at 9:03 am
Thanks Sonia for dropping by.
September 7, 2018 at 6:17 am
I was actually not aware of many points you mentioned here .. thanks for sharing the details
September 7, 2018 at 9:06 am
September 7, 2018 at 7:39 am
A very helpful post and guideline for new Mom’s and Moms to be, Deepa.
September 7, 2018 at 9:07 am
September 7, 2018 at 10:35 am
Great tips to aid cognitive development of babies Nutrition plays a key role but so do other stimulation methods employed.
September 7, 2018 at 11:26 am
September 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
These are some great stimulation activities to boost cognitive development and as you rightly said, nutrition is as essential as stimulation.
September 7, 2018 at 11:44 am
Very informative & well written 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Very nice tips for Moms, must go a long way inkeeping them well prepared.
September 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm
Thank you for reading
September 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Breastmilk is great for the much needed DHA for young babies. This is Such informative post.. Thanks for sharing it
September 7, 2018 at 1:28 pm
September 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm
Very Informative Post. many new moms don’t know the do and don’ts of mothering a child. Thanks to all Mom bloggers who care to write and share such articles. I loved reading the post. 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm
Thanks Tina..glad you liked it.
September 7, 2018 at 5:47 pm
Even I used to talk to my son when I was pregnant.
A very informative article.
September 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Great tips! About touch, another aspect I have heard of is that it’s actually useful to let other people (known to you of course) handle the baby because the handling style will be different to what you do yourself, and the variation is good for their mental development.
September 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Useful tips to connect to your baby when she’s a baby.
Loved all the tips for a healthier baby:)
September 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm
September 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm
Useful tips !!I Very helpful for new moms ,i am glad that i followed most of them !!
September 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm
Lovely read. Glad I had done all that when I was pregnant.
September 7, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Thanks for reading.
September 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm
Glad that I did this when I was pregnant.
September 7, 2018 at 8:24 pm
Like all of your posts, this is a very informative & well-researched one. I agree with all the points that you mentioned, Deepa.
September 7, 2018 at 8:57 pm
Thanks Ashvini. Glad you liked it.
September 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm
I think yoga and meditation in my pregnancy really helped create the fun loving boy that I have now. Very interesting post Deepa
September 7, 2018 at 10:20 pm
Thanks Deepa , I was expecting some medicine for boosting brain development but was pleasantly surprised to read the organic remedies . #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads
September 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Very informative and interesting post as usual.
September 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm
That’s a lot of information for new moms. We didn’t have this much information when i had my kids but I think I did quite well.
September 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm
Really informative post. I didn’t know that 90% of brain development happens under 1 year only. I didn’t any other thing as well. Will keep in mind when I will have baby.
September 7, 2018 at 11:51 pm
September 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm
Very well written. Keep up the good work.
September 8, 2018 at 8:37 am
Many parents might not know that 90% brain development happen around first year of infant. You have shared good pointers Deepa for all parents and caregivers.
September 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm
These are wonderful ways to boost the brain development. Thank you for sharing
September 10, 2018 at 12:03 am
September 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm
Very good pointers Deepa. Even I used to talk during pregnancy, I think that’s why both of my kids are so talkative …hehe.
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September 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Excellent tips… Too often we focus on our baby’s weight whereas it is important to pay attention to the cognitive development as well.
September 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm
talking to the baby just is an underrated activity!! lovely tips!!
September 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm
Talking to baby, touch and responding to cooing are so very important for bonding and development both. Great write up.
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