It’s those special serve and return interactions between a parent and a child that make everyday moments so meaningful.
Reading: Reading to your baby from birth helps foster linguistic skills, increasing vocabulary acquisition. Research shows that when parents read to their children, children develop a love for books which later translates into strong reading skills. Additionally, when you spend time reading with your little one, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way.
Play: Play is how infants test their ideas and learn new skills. Babies and toddlers are eager to comprehend the way the world works and through play they learn the basic skills of communication, problem solving, testing ideas and getting along with others. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional growth. It allows children to explore the world, practice adult roles and gain confidence.”
Taking walks: Take your baby outside for a stroll and try naming things you see, such as leaves and flowers and let your baby touch them. Talk to him about the different colors and smell the flowers together. This will allow him to appreciate nature the same way you do and will stimulate his senses. Babies enjoy walks as much as we do – it’s an opportunity to explore the world around them. Every sight, sound and smell provides your little one with valuable experiences and learning. It’s also an opportunity for social development – meeting people and greeting strangers; all of these teach your baby how to interact with other people.
Playing music: Research shows that music can improve your child’s mood and boost her concentration. Elements in music, such as melody and beat offer opportunities to internalize patterns, sequences and counting. Additionally, music promotes bonding: your baby loves your voice the best, therefore singing to your infant is a great way to develop a secure attachment through serve and return interactions. Studies have also revealed that singing to your baby instead of speaking delays distress.
Nutrition: During the early years, a child’s brain has a heightened sensitivity to the quantity and quality of nutrients consumed. Children who don’t receive proper nutrition during the first 3 years of life have a lower IQ, slower language development and sensory motor deficits. Malnourished children tend to have a smaller brain, fewer neurons and synapses, fewer dendrites and less myelin than those who are properly nourished.
What nutrients are important for optimal neuronal cell growth and development?
Nutrients such as DHA, choline, B complex, iron and phospholipids are some of the key ingredients that help enhance your child’s brain development. Nestlé ® Excella Gold offers all of these neuronutrients in its growth formula. This growth formula may be introduced after the first year, however, it’s important to mention that prior to this breast milk is the best nutritional choice which can serve to increase your child’s IQ. When choosing a growth formula, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child the best.