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Your Baby’s Brain in the First Year

How does your baby’s brain work and develop?  In this blog, we will talk about the stages of a baby’s brain development in the first year. The first three years of development are crucial.  Those are the years that really define a child and their brain development.

When your baby is still in the womb, he or she is learning how you communicate and picking up on your emotions.  A baby can feel when you are happy, sad or angry. In the first month, after being born, your child is learning how to use his or her senses.  A baby is using her senses every minute. They are looking around and taking things in, they are listening and even smelling. This combined with the sense of emotion can make a baby pretty intuitive.

It is in the next few months that your baby is still learning what is around him. In month two and three, your baby will learn that he or she is dependent on you.  He will know that you are the one who takes care of him. In return, your baby will learn to show you affection, like smiling.  By months four through seven, your baby will start to understand words and noises.  He or she will start to respond to their name. In this time, how you speak a baby’s name can have an effect on how your baby will emotionally react.  Your baby will develop a sense of noises and what he or she likes and dislikes.

By months eight through twelve, your baby will already understand certain words, like “no” or “do not touch”.  He or she may even respond in their own way like shaking their head “no” in return. During this time, your baby will also learn gestures. Like, shaking your head or wave your hand good bye.

Your baby is a small growing human being that will continue to learn for the rest of his or her life. But in the early years more development is progressed than any other years. The first three years are when a baby develops emotions and senses which will help a baby’s reaction for the rest of his or her life.

Have you noticed these changes in your own baby?

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