Nurture a smart baby from pregnancy to birth
A baby’s brain develops faster during the nine months in his/her mother’s womb than at any other time in the child’s life. Recent advances in scientific research has helped us to understand that the brain of an unborn baby is much more active and developed than we once thought.
While genetic influences contribute significantly to our baby’s brain development, we now know that what parents do while their baby is in the womb and after their baby is born also contributes greatly to the shaping of our baby’s brain. By the third trimester, a foetus can detect bright lights inside the womb and odours from the foods you eat and aromas you inhale. At the same time, the sound-processing parts of the brain also become active.
A recent experiment found that not only can an unborn baby hear, he/she can understand the sounds heard well enough to retain memories of them after birth. This is indeed remarkable and while further research is needed to help us understand the long-term implications of such early learning, it is nonetheless useful for parents to know that their unborn baby is actively processing information and learning even before they are
What parents will learn:
- What we currently know about a baby’s brain development while in the womb
- How maternal lifestyle, health and nutritional considerations can affect your unborn baby’s brain development
- Activities that can enhance your baby’s brain development while he /she is still in the womb
- How to read a newborn’s cues to know whether he/ she is ready for stimulation, or whether he/she needs a time-out from over-stimulation
- How to optimize your newborn baby’s brain development during daily care routines
- Activities that can help nurture your newborn’s visual and language development in the first 3 months of life
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