At this early stage of their life, parents need to be vigilant so that we can ensure proper development of both receptive skills and expressive skills. Receptive skill is the ability to understand words and language whereas expressive skill is how one expresses his or her wants and needs.
6 factors that can help working mom going back to work ensure the brain development of Baby
Breast milk contains a brain-boosting fat called DHA (docasahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is a vital nutrient for growth, development and maintenance of brain tissue.
Start breastfeeding right after the birth as early milk called colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against diseases.
What is Feed IQ?
A baby’s brain development is based on the environment, genetics and nourishment she/he receives in utero and via breastfeeding. The right stimulation i.e. infant brain exercises also boosts infant cognition.
So when a mother takes care of what she eats, she is literally feeding IQ to her baby!
To get breastfeeding right, latching is something most mothers struggle with. Do ask your nurse to guide you as a proper latch will only ensure appropriate feeding.
Take the diet that enhances milk supply. Apart from that ensure the gap between feeds is not too much as the more you feed your baby, the more milk your body will produce.
If your leave extends to only 3 months, you can pump the milk in advance for the day as the baby is completely dependent on milk for his nutritional needs.
Mother-to-baby skin contact not only improves baby’s immune system but it also shows improved growth, sleep and better motor development.
It enhances child cognitive development, transfer good bacteria, enhances communication which helps mothers to understand their signals easily, stabilizes body temperature after birth and improves breathing control.
Soothe the baby by holding them close to your chest.
You can wrap your baby around to ensure more skin contact.
These activities involve the 5 senses- touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. Sensory play has many benefits on all aspects of Child Development.
It improves their communication skills, boosts learning, and strengthens emotional, social and personal aspect of their personality.
- Call out their names and see them respond.
- Introduce different rattle sounds.
- Make various sounds and let them imitate you.
- Help them feel soft and hard surfaces.
- Let them play with water and sponge toys.
Eye contact is the first form of communication for infants. Eye contact makes them feel heard, soothes them and helps mother and baby to connect without using words.
Make lip movements and let them follow you.
Point to the object using your eyes and wait for them to look in the direction.
Not only for developing good communication skills, but eye-contact helps in building a trustworthy relationship too.
Sunbath and Massage
Morning sunlight stimulates the formation of Vitamin D.
It also helps to reduce the levels of bilirubin in the skin and prevent/cure Jaundice. 15 minutes of sun-time in the morning is good for a newborn.
The sunlight is linked to improving levels of serotonin – a happy hormone which is known to build a secure feeling in them which makes them feel happy.
A soothing massage stimulates the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin that gives a warm and loving feeling which helps them develop mentally, socially and physically. It helps them stay relaxed and sleep better.
Earlier, mothers did not have to worry about the development of a baby as they grew up in natural surroundings. But today when most of the time is spent indoors, we need to ensure that kids get sufficient outdoor time for natural learning and development curve.
After 30-40 days of their birth, you can safely take out babies for a short walk in non-crowded places. Just make sure you dress your baby appropriately and don’t stay outside too long.
Introduce more activities with their growing age.
- Watch birds fly together
- Look at the stars
- Watch the clouds moving
- Take a swing together
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and is meant for educational purposes only. Do consult your doctor before incorporating anything in your regime.
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