Four Things Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Development
Remember the first time when your newborn child giggled and first babbled nonsensical words. We would give anything just to know what was going on in their minds so we can understand what they are trying to say. Eventually, they learned to utter few syllables and slowly we can make sense out of it. With this fast development in our child, we could not help but wonder how a child’s brain works.
Today, on our blog, we will discuss some of the fascinating facts that happen in our baby’s brains. We will look into how the brain develops and how our child copes with these changes.
Babies in their fourth trimester
This might come out as a surprise to many, but pediatricians have labeled the first three months of a newborn baby as the fourth trimester. In fact according to the biologists, if it were not for the pelvis of a woman, the baby would have stayed longer in the womb. In addition, the first three months are labeled as the fourth trimester to the inability of the baby to do anything yet just like they how they were in the womb of their mothers. They are totally dependent on their mother for food, clothes and devoid of any social skills.
The parent and baby connection
According to a renowned language development researcher at Cornell University, Michael Goldstein, the baby’s brain has evolved to use the responses the caregivers use to develop it. An average person has a well-developed prefrontal cortex or the brain’s “executive” area which responsible for (insert more info). The babies, on the other hand, are still trying to learn about hunger, loneliness, fatigue, irritability and other basic human emotions and usually express through crying or hand gestures. Usually, the only people who can make sense out of these body movements are the parents. The parents usually adapt to the baby’s actions and then respond to it in a way the baby can also understand. If we can notice, in the first few months of the baby, it is only the mother and the child that seem to understand each other.
The baby’s brain develops way too fast
Studies show that the baby’s brain could grow up to 60% of its adult size by the time they reach one year old. And on their second birthday, it was found out that their brain has reached it actual and normal size. Hence, mental development of the babies at this age is rapid and they are curious about almost anything and everything.
But the difference between an average adult with the fully developed brain and a child with a newly brain is that children tend to be more diffused from reality than adults. They still do not have a good grasp on decision making, logic and knowing what is important and what is not. Our child is still basically trying to make sense of the world around them and understanding every new experience that they encounter.
Your baby’s clinginess is a sign of long-term memory
Have you ever noticed when your child cries easily when you put them in the crib or when you try to hand them over to a friend who wants to carry them? For many mothers, they would think that their child is just irritable to the way other people carry them compared to their own mothers. However, a Psychology professor at Harvard University suggested that a child’s unwillingness to leave their mother’s child is a sign that they are developing a long term. The manifestation of this evident as early as a nine-month-old child. They already have a sense of identifying comfort and emotional association which is that of their mother’s.
Babies are small but terrible, they say. Indeed they are. They might be crying every now and then, but their brains are working overtime because it is developing way too fast. as parents, the best way to keep up with this is to always stay with them and try to guide and respond to all their needs.
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