Do you know that the brain of a newborn infant is amazing? Imagine, there are a hundred billion nerve cells, that can extend up to 96 kilometers in length when stretched. The Little One has such a large amount of potential.
The existing potential may not develop well if the stimulations provided are lacking in adequacy and quality. Parents play an important role in providing the correct stimulations required by the Little One so that they can develop optimally. So, what are the things required by the Little One to achieve their maximum potential?
One of the keys in fostering an intelligent child is by providing complete and balanced nutritional intake. Nerve cells require adequate nutrition to be able to grow maximally.
Not consuming breakfast will lead to a bad impact in the performance of the child in school. Lack of nutrition in general can also cause the Little One to feel weak, be easily tired, have difficulties in concentrating, as well as inhibit brain growth.
Playing is one form of stimulation that can be enjoyable. By playing, the Little One can explore and learn about everything that is present in their surroundings. There are various types of play activities that can be conducted, which may lead to different types of benefits obtained. There are play activities that can train their gross motor, fine motor, cognitive abilities, language, problem solving, critical thinking, and so on.
As parents, Moms and Dads should be able to select the type of play activities that are constructive and in accordance to the age of the Little One.
Ensure that the Little One feels loved and protected. With showers of love and affection, the Little One will grow to have a better personality and behaviour, as well as possess better learning abilities and memory.
The Little One requires a regular sleeping schedule with an adequate sleep duration. Infants aged 1-6 months require as much as 14-16 hours of sleep every day. Meanwhile, infants aged 6-12 months require 14 hours of sleep every day. When the child reaches 1-3 years of age, they require 13 hours of sleep every day. Children aged 4-6 years “only” require 11 hours of sleep every day.
Sleep helps in memory formation and the learning process of the Little One. Adequate sleep is also beneficial to ensure that the emotion and behaviour of the child is more under control.
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