4 Key Points to Support Your Little One's Brain Development
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The brain development of your little one has actually been started since pregnancy. Since birth, his brain develops very rapidly. There are a hundred billion nerve cells, extending for more than 96,000 kilometers. You can imagine how big is the potential of your little one.
However, that potential may not develop optimally without good nutrition as well as appropriate and quality stimulation. This is why your role as parents is very important in your little one’s growth and development process. You are expected to fulfill the nutritional needs and provide stimulation so that your little one becomes a smart, healthy child.
Then, what can you do to help his brain develop? Consider the tips below:
Love and affection
Your little one should feel secure because he is loved and protected by his closest people. With love and affection, he will grow into an individual with good personality and behavior as well as possessing qualified learning ability and memory.
Complete and balanced nutrition
The second most important factor is a complete and balanced nutrition. Your little one needs this to get energy to learn and focus. Nerve cells also require sufficient nutritional intake to develop in maximum.
For school-aged children, make sure to have breakfast before activities. It is needed so that your little one is not easily tired or difficult to concentrate, which then may hamper the brain growth. Nutrients required daily to support brain development are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, choline, iron, and alpha lactalbumin.
Get enough sleep
During the growth period, sleep duration and regular sleep schedule are very important. With quality and sufficient rest, your little one’s memory will be stronger. Besides, his emotion and behavior will be more controlled.
Your 1 to 6 month-old baby requires 14 to 16 hours of sleep every day. Whereas, 6 to 12 month-old baby requires 14 hours of sleep every day. At 1 to 3 years of age, your little one needs to sleep for 13 hours a day and at 4 to 6 years of age, 11 hours a day.
Playing is a form of stimulation which is fun to do. Through playing, your little one can explore and learn his surroundings. Today, there are many choices of educational play that you can do with your little one. There are types of play that can train gross and fine motor skill, cognitive ability as well as language skill.
You should adjust the stimulation you provide to your little one’s age. It will surely develop his intelligence if you do it right. Find out the types of intelligence in our website Morinaga Multiple Intelligence Play Plan. You will also find lots of creative playing ideas equipped with the how-tos on creating the stimulation aid.
How is it, Moms? It’s not that difficult to support your little one’s growth and development process. Do not forget to apply the correct stimulation at home so that your little one grows into a smart, healthy child.