“Imagine if the hugs, lullabies and smiles from parents could inoculate babies against heartbreak, adolescent angst, and even help them pass their exams decades later.” (Winston & Chicot, 2016).
During the first three years of life, your baby will develop 90% of his or her adult brain size. This rapid growth accounts for 700–1000 synapse connections being formed each second. The experiences your baby is subjected to, whether positive or negative, are crucial to this early wiring and pruning that enables millions and millions of new connections to be formed. The importance of connecting with your baby can go a long way in ensuring his or her secure attachment to others, resilience, self-esteem, building of relationships and overall development.
There are plenty of ways you can bond and make the most of this time with your little one. So, whether you’re a stay at home mom or rocking a full-time job, there’s always bits and pieces you can do to show your little one your love.
- Breastfeeding: If you can, that skin-to-skin contact provides reassurance for your little one and, trust me, once the time for breastfeeding is up, you’ll definitely miss this one-on-one moments with your baby.
- Cuddling and carrying your baby are forms of human contact that provide reassurance for your son or daughter and keeps him or her relaxed, calm and genuinely feeling secure.
- Reading books, singing or talking to your little one is probably one of his or her favorite activities! Remember that babies love the sound of their mother’s voice and consistently listening to it helps them build trust.
More than focusing on whether or not your baby should have his or her own room, if he or she has enough toys or would enjoy a Disneyland trip, the best thing you can do for your baby is be with him or her, sharing your time, love and support. Science has now proven that the best things in life are free, and it takes the form of love towards your little one.
If you find you’re out of ideas and can’t switch up these three basic activities enough, remember you always have a playtime guide with Kinedu!
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