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