HER BRAIN WORKS HARDER
“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.
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.