Babies are cute, curious, funny, and sometimes, fussy.
Do you ever wonder what goes on inside their little heads?
Actually, quite a lot.
Babies' brains develop rapidly even before they're born.
And once they come into the world, whoosh!
They really take off over the next three years.
And, there are a lot of things parents can do to help them
develop to their fullest.
Early experiences shape brain growth
and affect future learning,
Babies communicate through babbling, facial expressions,
eye contact, and gestures,
and they expect us to respond.
They're watching and listening to make sure they have
our love and attention.
So don't leave 'em hanging.
And remember, babies are suckers for goofy faces.
After all, one of the most important things a parent
can do is simply be loving and attentive.
Smile with your baby,
sing to her,
read to her,
and get down on her level and have some fun.
Interacting with a caregiver who is loving and attentive
makes the baby feel safe and secure.
A baby's physical, social, and emotional environment
affects brain development.
So it's important to provide a stable environment at home,
at daycare, or anywhere your baby spends a lot of time.
Remember, babies don't like stress,
and it can follow them for life.
As you can imagine, a baby's health plays a major role
in brain growth.
Developmental screenings, immunizations,
and regular checkups are important to every baby's
heath and development.
And so is healthy food.
Breastfeeding is great for a baby's brain
and provides many other health benefits that last a lifetime.
As your baby grows, positive relationships
with other children become more important.
Learning how to share, play, and resolve conflicts
teaches children how to cooperate with others
and control their emotions.
One way or another, your baby's brain
is going to develop rapidly.
You can do a lot to make sure your child grows up
to be healthy, happy, and well adjusted
at every stage of life.
You just have to put your... mind to it.
For more tips on how you can help your child learn and grow,