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Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
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  • Paperback
  • Dec.01.2008
  • 9780910707909

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With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning. Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power offers descriptive explanations for developing and nurturing maximum brain power during the essential early years. Topics include: Factors that influence brain growth in the womb Fattening up the brain Windows of opportunity Development of language, vision, hearing and motor skills Red flags in your baby's development Uncovering your baby's temperament Attachment and bonding Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power provides practical and...
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With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning. Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power offers descriptive explanations for developing and nurturing maximum brain power during the essential early years. Topics include:

  • Factors that influence brain growth in the womb
  • Fattening up the brain
  • Windows of opportunity
  • Development of language, vision, hearing and motor skills
  • Red flags in your baby's development
  • Uncovering your baby's temperament
  • Attachment and bonding

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power provides practical and fun ways for parents to boost through baby's brain power from the womb to their first birthday!

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Introduction

 

If you're like most parents, you've undoubtedly wondered at one point or another whether your baby's development is "normal." You've asked yourself questions like, Shouldn't she be talking by now? When will he roll over? Why isn't she progressing as quickly as her older brother did? Sure, there are plenty of lists available that tell when your baby should be walking and talking, but very little has been written about how parents and caregivers can play an important part in helping babies reach these critical milestones.

Of course, you can talk to your pediatrician about your concerns-and we encourage you to do so-but these visits are frequently not conducive to getting all the answers you need. At your 10-15-minute appointment, nurses and doctors often work in tag-team fashion to get patients in and out on time, leaving very little leeway for in-depth discussions. So, where can you turn to find out what you really want to know?

After all, getting this information is not just a matter of calming your fears-although that certainly helps. However, it really goes beyond determining whether your baby's development is on track. In fact, not educating yourself about these crucial developmental milestones could affect your child's entire future! You see, first-year developments must be met before any more progress and learning is possible in later years. They are the building blocks for life! And any problems relating to development must be addressed while the brain is still young and malleable in order for early intervention to be optimally effective.

The fact is that the first year of life is an extremely vital period of time that lays the foundation for whether your little one will be able to walk, talk, smile, dress herself, draw a picture . . . even get into college! It is an astonishing thing that demands respect from sleep-deprived parents like yourself.

            Baby development is not simply a list of "to-dos" or "have dones" to check off. It is a long-term building event, with each day being important in how your baby develops the next day, and each event being important in how your baby develops for the next event. Nourishing food, comfort, face-to-face interaction, tummy time, music, and even the lilt of your voice are all brain developers. It is not a random happening when a milestone is reached. Just like an athlete has to practice his sport in a certain order to build up to the main event, so do infants have to take "baby steps" toward optimal brain development, which is created and driven by experiences with Mommy, Daddy, and caregivers. You play a critical role in your baby's life because milestones need personal experiences to be reached.

            Of course, we all want the best for our baby. We want him to be "normal." But, beyond that, we want him to reach his full potential. We want to know how we can help that incredibly complex little brain make all the right connections for a full and fruitful life. And this book will show you how to do just that. Each chapter of Enriching Your Baby's Brain features one of baby's key developing areas-such as vision, hearing, language, motor skills, and temperament-and shows you how you can help your baby's brain to grow so that he will excel in these areas. Here's a sampling of what you'll find in this book:

 

Chapter 1: Baby's Got Brains: Jumping Through Vital "Windows of Opportunity"

 

This chapter provides an overview of your baby's phenomenal brain, which was born with more than 100 billion neurons that, if laid end to end, would stretch for 62,000 miles! But the majority of the connections between neurons must be established within the first eight months of life so that the foundations for lifelong learning are set in place. Parents are not helpless players in this complicated process. They are vital players, creating early, positive and rich experiences during critical "windows of opportunity." Without these personal experiences and interactions, your baby would not be able to do much more than when first born.

 

Chapter 2: Attachment and Baby Brains: A Spoiled Infant Is a Beautiful Thing

 

In a safe, secure environment in which your baby's needs are met, you and your little one "attach." This attachment is vital for future learning and a feeling of security in the world. Baby brains grow rapidly with secure attachments from which all developments, milestones, and achievements will come. You can never spoil a newborn. Here's how to interpret her cries and form a loving bond in the first few months.

 

Chapter 3: Language: Getting Baby Ready to Read

 

Waiting for your baby to call you "Mama" or "Dada" often turns into a lesson in endurance. But your baby communicates in other ways, too. You might be surprised to learn that literacy development is important for language development even before your baby is born! This chapter will demonstrate the importance of reading to your baby from birth, and explain how this helps your baby move from coos and babbling to speaking in sentences during this critical opportunity for brain growth.

 

Chapter 4: Vision: Seeing Is Believing-and Bonding

 

The eyes are the window to the soul-and a very critical component for learning. Discover how your baby sees from birth to one year and what you can do to take advantage of critical periods in vision development. Problems to look for and advice from an ophthalmologist are included.

 

Chapter 5: Hearing: Little Ears Do Big Things

 

Your baby must be able to hear well in order to talk and learn normally. During this "window of opportunity," your baby learns to hear at various distances and angles with help and input from Mommy and Daddy. Preventing ear infections and other ways to help your baby hear better are included in this chapter, as well as a simple hearing test that can be performed in your home. 

 

Chapter 6: Motor Skills: From Crawling to Walking to . . . Watch Out!

 

When the "window of opportunity" opens for developing certain motor skills, it's time to baby-proof the house! Your baby's slow and steady steps turn into the pitter-patter of little feet that will run from the first possible moment-and won't stop running until puberty! There is a wide range of "normal" when it comes to developing motor skills, but you can play a crucial role in their development.

 

Chapter 7: Temperament: Is Your Child a Shrinking Violet or a Thorny Rose?

 

Your child's temperament is present at birth. Whether your baby is feisty or laid-back, the signs are evident even in the first day of life. Knowing your baby's style of behavior and teaching her how to handle it in life will help her in dealing with feelings, following rules, and even future classroom education.

 

Chapter 8: Going to the Doctor: Why the Doctor/Patient Relationship Is So Vital

 

This chapter will teach you how to effectively be a part of each visit to the pediatrician, which should not be a one-way experience where the doctor simply pours instructions into your head. Learn how to give the right information to receive the right information, and how to ask questions to make sure that you understand all the charts and examinations. This chapter was developed through a firsthand consultation with a pediatrician who told us what you can do to make the doctor visit most effective for your child's growing brain and body.

 

            So, are you ready to get started? We hope you are because the earlier you start in engaging in activities that help your baby's brain, the better for your baby's development and future progress. Even if your baby is no longer a newborn, it's never too late to begin helping her to reach critical milestones. We'd venture to say that being a parent is the most important job you will ever do. You are the most influential person in your child's life, and that begins even before your baby's birth. And, just as importantly, engaging in play with your baby will build a stronger bond between you and your baby, one that gets your baby off to a great start and a lifetime of memories for both of you.

 

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About Susan

Susan Heim is an author and editor, specializing in parenting, multiples, and women's issues, and is a former Senior Editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Susan's books include It's Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from...

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