Your Baby’s Brain Part 1

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There have been many developments in recent years about how a baby’s brain develops, both before and after birth. Years ago, many people believed that a baby’s brain was the same as an adult brain, only smaller. With the recent developments in brain imaging, we now know that this is not the case. A baby’s brain is not done growing once they are born. Babies are born with billions of brain cells and most of them connect with each other during the first three years of a child’s life. These connections in the brain help control what we do and think.

Here are 10 interesting things about the brain…

  1. What happens before a baby is born affects learning – When you are pregnant, you need to eat nutritious foods and take prenatal vitamins to ensure the health of your unborn child. Drinking alcohol, using drugs and not eating the right foods can hurt your baby’s brain.
  2. The brain actually changes after birth – Most of the brain cells are there before birth. These brain cells make most of their connections with other cells during the first three years of your child’s life. The brain keeps changing and making connections until around age 10.
  3. What happens in your baby’s life actually affects their brain – What your baby does affect the connections that they are making in their brain. If there are certain things that your baby doesn’t do, connections won’t be made.

Continued January 6th/17

Adapted from Building Baby’s Brain – Better Brains for Babies

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