At birth, your baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons. During his first years, he will grow trillions of brain-cell connections, called neural synapses. New parents obsess over ways to keep their little ones entertained and edified. But when everything in the world is new to them, it might be easier than you think to get their minds and bodies going. When you provide loving, language-enriched experiences for your baby, you are giving his brain’s neural connections and pathways more chances to become wired together. In turn, he will acquire rich language, reasoning, and planning skills. Here are some simple ways to stimulate your baby’s mind and body.
#1. Crinkling paper
For infants, playing with different textures can be a mind-blowing experience. So grab some different colored construction, wrapping or tissue paper and gently brush it over their feet and hands. For extra stimulation use bold black-and-white patterns.