Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Bedtime Routine -

“Over time, hu­man be­ings have grown smarter and their brains big­ger – un­til we reached a point where it would be tricky for ba­bies to be born,” ex­plains re­search sci­en­tist and devel­op­men­tal psy­chol­o­gist, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. “So hu­man in­fants are born at an early stage in their de­vel­op­ment.” This means that your baby's brain still has a lot of grow­ing to do. “Her brain grows more rapidly between birth and the age of three than it ever will again,” says Suzanne. “It dou­bles in size in her first year and, by the age of three, it will have al­ready reached around 80 per cent of the size it will be when she’s an adult.” Dur­ing ev­ery sec­ond of your baby’s early months, a thou­sand neu­ral synapses – the path­ways that are formed from mem­o­ries of ex­pe­ri­ence – will grow in her brain.

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Want to make your baby’s brain grow even more? Then give her a cud­dle! Re­search shows ba­bies who are fre­quently cud­dled have a thicker part of the brain called the “hip­pocam­pus”, which leads to im­proved fo­cus and mem­ory.

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