Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
How To Develop Your Babys Brain > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

How To Develop Your Babys Brain

Have you ever wondered why toys for babies tend to have so many bells, whistles and lights? Or why they have so many different textures, and materials and colors? It's almost as if we want to provide young babies with a whole world of stimulation and we can't quite get it to them fast enough.

Play gyms or activity gyms as they are sometimes called tend to be a firm favorite with babies from newborn up to about 12 months. These play gyms and activity nests mostly come in the form of comfortable, quilted or softly padded playmats, sometimes raised at the edges with a space in the middle for baby (like a ring doughnut). And these play gyms can be either brightly colored or in soft, pastel shades. But don't be fooled by thinking they are just snug and comfy resting places for babies to fall asleep in! These activity gyms can provide a plethora of visual, audio and tactile stimulation for fast developing young inquisitive minds.

Often decorated with well known and lovable characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eyore, or farm and zoo animals as well, they can consist of detachable, hanging parts for small babies to try to grasp. They tend to have parts that are crinkly, soft, scrunchy textures for baby to touch, squeeze and stroke. Some come with bright twinkling lights and bells and others make funny sounds, or musical sounds, and some even do both. You will often find mirrors attached to these activity gyms, so that your baby gets to find and see its own reflection, often providing hours of fun for babies and carers alike. All of this is extremely important for developing young minds. Babies are like a sponge, they are ready to absorb whatever information they can - and boy - they can't grasp it fast enough! A lot of new research points to the first three years of life as being critical to a baby's developing brain. It is a known fact that during this period, not only does the brain triple in weight but it also establishes thousands of billions of nerve connections. Astonishingly, at the age of three, a young child has twice as many nerve connections as many adults. Therefore, in your role as a parent, or primary care giver, it is of paramount importance that you recognize this and understand just how much development is taking place inside your young baby's brain from birth until the age of three. At birth, children have most of the neurons (brain cells) they need for a lifetime however, these brain cells are not yet linked (or "wired") together to form the complex networks that are required for mature thought processes to take place. And what happens is that in the early years, young children's brain cells form these connections, or synapses as they are commonly called, very very rapidly.

One of the crucial ingredients to aiding these connections to form, is experience, and repetition.

In a word, the more times you repeat something new, like showing a baby how to scrunch up a ball, the quicker these connections are formed. Therefore, it naturally follows that the more positive interaction you give an infant or toddler, the more you are helping to stimulate young brains. This stimulation causes new connections to form neural pathways and strengthens existing ones.

Playing with activity gyms, with all the bells and whistles that they offer or reading to a child, anything which allows a child to have positive, interactive processes, will aid your child's brain development.

So, as you lovingly sit and watch your young baby laughing and gurgling on the play mat or under the activity gym - do not underestimate the power of the changes taking place in the brain, all enriching an inquisitive mind and arming it with a plethora of knowledge and understanding for years to come.

I Bansal is a mother of two and webmaster of

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

POPSUGAR Australia

This App Aims To Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online Without Helicopter Parenting
I could not imagine a more rewarding (building and scaling tech for good) and challenging (navigating digital parenting) role. Shulman: What was the motivation behind launching the company? Jordan: Our CEO, Brian Bason, spent his career in the fields ...
I Talk Back to My Kids, and I Need to Rise Above Their BSPOPSUGAR Australia
Mother crashed car into pole to prove to kids God is real, police sayWSB Atlanta

all 62 news articles »

South China Morning Post

Parenting experts from around the world share their methods, mantras and ideals
South China Morning Post
In a global search, we asked parenting gurus which mantras they have followed to raise their own children, what they think are the most important ideals to nurture in them, and the most valuable lessons they have instilled in their kids. This is what ...
Not Every Day Of Parenting Will Be A Home Run, And That's OKHuffPost Canada
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekHuffPost
Amie Richardson: Watching my son play Rippa makes me feel like a bad

all 50 news articles »

Pastor viewpoint: A devotional for parenting | Hudson Star Observer
Hudson Star Observer
As I was sitting down to write this pastor's viewpoint during this Lenten season, I began to reflect on the Lenten disciplines of repentance, prayer, fasting, and works of love. All of these help us to grow closer to Christ. As I reflected on ...

and more »

Arizona Daily Star

Grandparenting is not what it use to be
Arizona Daily Star
Introduction to Course: Parenting advice changes like hemlines. Arbitrary fashion? No. Science, based on carefully designed studies, propels our knowledge forward and guides us down safer pathways. Parents were once told to place babies on their ...

Utah governor passes law allowing 'free-range parenting'
Utah governor passes law allowing 'free-range parenting'. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on March 23, 2018. (WPVI). WPVI. Friday, March 23, 2018 05:12PM. Free range parenting... Have you heard of it? It's a style of child-rearing ...
Utah legalizes 'free-range parenting'FOX 10 News Phoenix

all 4 news articles »

Science Daily

Physical disability boosts parenting effort, beetles study shows
Science Daily
In a study of beetles, those that were given a physical disadvantage -- tiny weights attached to their bodies -- spent more time feeding their young compared with others, research showed. They may behave this way, sacrificing valuable resources to care ...

and more »

Montgomery Advertiser

Parenting: How to get your teen to listen
Montgomery Advertiser
Concern continues to grow as Alabama is poised for Severe Storm Outbreak. All modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes. Parts of the state could see strong tornadoes. Rich Thomas Weather Network. Communication problems with teenagers ...
Child's temperament and parenting influence weight gain in
20 Things Your Babysitter Secretly Wants You to KnowReader's Digest

all 10 news articles »

The Daily Breeze

South Bay Parenting: The loss of this admired reporter leaves a big void in a struggling industry
The Daily Breeze
My first job out of college was at a weekly newspaper in the Bay Area covering City Council meetings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, street floods and leaf blower bans, earning $400 a week, which seemed a fortune after years of living on ramen noodles ...

Letter: Support bill that calls for co-parenting after a divorce
The State Journal-Register
State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, and statewide advocacy group Illinois Fathers for Equality are working together to pass an equal shared parenting bill. HB 4113 addresses the current trend of co-parenting, with both parents being equally involved ...

Medical Xpress

Parenting and personality work together to affect baby's weight gain
Science Daily
Parenting and personality work together to affect baby's weight gain. Date: March 20, 2018; Source: Penn State; Summary: The more mothers use food to soothe their babies, the more weight certain babies gained, according to researchers. The effect was ...
Parenting and personality work together to affect baby's weight gain ...EurekAlert (press release)

all 1 news articles »
Google News

Give Your Child Life Skills for a Lifetime

Many parents struggle with solutions to put their child on... Read More

Resilient, Confident Kids - 10 Ways to Promote Resilience in Children

Do your children have a McChildhood? Do they experience the... Read More

Parents Rights Violated By Public School Compulsory Attendence Laws

Compulsory attendance laws are school authorities' first assault on parental... Read More

Top 20+ Reasons to Pay your Kid an Allowance

1. They can make mistakes under your guidance2. They will... Read More

Quality Time with Your Teen

It's sometimes difficult to find ways to be involved with... Read More

Finding A Caregiver You Can Trust

Choosing to leave your child with a caregiver is one... Read More

How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation

Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for... Read More

Old Wives Tales and Other Things That Just Might Help with ADHD

Here are some tips that I have picked up from... Read More

The Secret To Keeping Kids Interested on Family Vacations

Vacations and trips are great family events, but how do... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: 7 Tips for Back to School Success

Blink. That's all we did, blink, and summer is ending... Read More

Trip, Trip, Trip... Here Is Your Night Visitor Again!

Night Visits From Your ChildIn the middle of the night... Read More

A Child Can Make a Difference

Sometimes dreams really can come true! May 8th - 11th,... Read More

Homeschooling Takes Your Child Out of Public School --- A Unique Benefit

Home-schooling removes children from public school. That alone makes home-schooling... Read More

How to Deal with Your Child?s Inappropriate Behaviour

Children bombard parents with many challenging behaviours. We are delighted... Read More

The Most Innovative New Approach for ADHD, a Natural Remedy

What's new and effective in the treatment of Attention problems?... Read More

How Can I Teach My Child Respect?

A common theme over the past 20 years has been... Read More

Teenagers and Trouble - How Parents Can Keep their Teens Out of Trouble

Teenagers are a work-in-progress, and parenting teenagers can be tricky... Read More

Dinner Table Drama

It has been a long day. Home from work, you... Read More

Top 50 Father Quotations

"The greatest gift I ever had Came from God, and... Read More

What Makes a Good Evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

So you have just returned home from your third meeting... Read More

The Truth About Motherhood

What is the mystery of motherhood? I know that when... Read More

Useful Jogger Stroller Accessories

There are many useful jogger stroller accessories out on the... Read More

Winning The Whining War

Jason Meridith's two-year old son whines when he wants more... Read More

Raising Kids on a Budget

There are only two ways to get more money:1) Increase... Read More

Discipline on My Mind

I look out of the window as I am writing... Read More