MINDS How ba­bies learn and where to start. By Lucy Cleeve.

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Some­times, it seems as though all a new­born does is eat, sleep, and cry, but ba­bies are also work­ing hard. From the mo­ment your baby en­ters the world, he or she is learn­ing. Your baby is us­ing its lit­tle senses to make “sense” of its sur­round­ings. The first few years of life is a time of incredible growth and de­vel­op­ment. A baby’s brain makes tril­lions of con­nec­tions, which in turn be­come the brain’s wiring sys­tem. Even an in­fant’s ear­li­est ex­pe­ri­ences can help in­flu­ence the power of the brain and the way it func­tions.

Of course ev­ery par­ent wants to help their chil­dren ful­fill their dreams and reach their in­ner po­ten­tial, but don’t panic about rush­ing them off to a mil­lion classes just yet. The best way for ba­bies to learn is by spend­ing time with their most im­por­tant teacher, you. Ba­bies de­velop best with a par­ent hold­ing their hand and guid­ing them through the big and some­times scary world they find them­selves in. Fo­cus on your baby’s five senses for some sim­ple ways to start.

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