This post is sponsored by Gerber® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
There are a million and one different toys, games, and systems on the market designed to help boost your baby’s brain development. In reality, boosting your little one’s brain doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, boosting your baby’s brain development can be a simple part of your routine.
Here are 5 everyday activities that help your little one’s development:
1. Breastfeeding – My baby is still breastfeeding (yay!) and it’s the longest I’ve ever breastfed with any of my three boys. Breastfeeding not only gives my baby the brain boosting nutrients he needs, but also gives us time to interact. The same goes for bottle feeding moms, too. Use feeding time as a way to communicate with your baby, speak to your baby, and hold a conversation. This allows him or her time to learn sounds and words, all while being snuggled up close to you.
2. Music – I like to turn music on in the car or in the house. It’s fun for the whole family to engage in singing together just hanging out listening to music. Songs can introduce new words to babies, as well as repetitive patterns, which is important for language development. Singing also teaches babies about rhyming, which is important for later success in reading.
3. Going for walks or getting outdoors – This is so much fun for babies to see, smell, feel, and hear lots of different things. See the sky, feel the breeze on their face and in their hair, smell freshly cut grass, hear birds chirping…so many amazing things to excite their senses and brain!
4. Water play – bath time or pool time, my baby (and big kids, too!) LOVE the water. My boys would live in the water if I let them. My baby loves to pour water from one container to another, and gets very upset when bath time is over! While your little one is happily playing in the tub, he/she’s also learning cause and effect, how gravity works and observing the volume of water, and these are early math skills.
5. Mealtime – This is a time filled with SO many ways to boost baby’s brain development. From learning colors, textures, shapes, and working on pincer grasps, mealtime is loaded with learning experiences. It’s also a time to enjoy new foods and take in nutrients to help build brains!
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