BABIES ARE BORN WITH THE NEED FOR HUMAN CONTACT AND STIMULATION.
Children who don't play often, or who are rarely held, develop brains that are 20-30% smaller than normal for their age.
CHILDREN LEARN LANGUAGE LONG BEFORE THEY FIRST SPEAK.
For example, babies can distinguish between "Y" and "I" at six months, but not at 12 months if the language they are listening to does not use these sounds.
YOU CAN'T SPOIL AN INFANT BY RESPONDING TO HER/HIS NEEDS.
Crying newborns who receive a quick, warm response usually learn to cry much less and sleep more at night.
75% OF HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT COMES AFTER BIRTH.
To a far greater extent than other species, humans have brains that are dependent on environmental input.
BY AGE THREE, A CHILD'S BRAIN IS TWICE AS ACTIVE AS AN ADULT'S.
As a child reacts to stimulation - gives out and takes in information, and processes it - new connections are formed in the brain. The vast majority of these are formed in the first three years.
A PARENT'S FACE IS YOUR BABY'S FAVORITE TOY.
Your baby tries to send you signals and see how you respond. They love it when your expression reinforces their own, such as when they smile and you smile back.
"SECURE" CHILDREN ARE BEST PREPARED FOR SCHOOL AND LIFE.
When your child feels safe and secure in a loving relationship, their brain better absorbs and handles all the new input coming their way.
NO ONE PARENTS ALONE - EVEN IF YOU ARE.
All good parents need a strong support system - Family, neighbours, professionals and community services. Taking care of yourself is important too.
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