A child’s brain undergoes development from the time he/she is born. This development is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationship, experiences and mood.
The development of a child’s brain is affected by early experiences. These early years are extremely important as it impacts a child’s chances for achievement, success and happiness. A toddler’s earliest years have effects that last a lifetime.
Between conception and age three, a child’s brain undergoes an impressive amount of change. In the first three years, a child’s brain produces twice synapses as that are in adults. Synapse is the structure that permits one nerve cell to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another nerve cell. Synapses are formed faster during these years of child’s brain development than at any other time. During this early age of development, brain can capture experiences more effectively and quickly than it can at a later age.
These experiences have the potential to impact brain development; children are vulnerable to persistent negative influences during this period. When you provide loving, language-enriched experiences to your child, you are giving their brain neutral connections and in return, your child will acquire better planning and language skills.
Each parent should have meaningful conversations with their kids and be more attentive towards their interests and make observations about their toddler. You have to build their trust on you by being attentive and focused towards them. Sing songs or rhymes while asking them to help you for clean ups. This would lead them to learn about sorting things and categorizing and singing can make it fun and help them to memorize things. Count how many number of steps are there in your house. Or your kid’s fingers and toes. Count them aloud and make it a habit and soon the toddler will join in. Walk around in the house and make him/ her touch hands to different things and this can help in labelling items.
Active nursery going children need extra nutrition to cope with higher energy demands. When children step out into a new environment, it is important that they have strong immune nutrients to aid healthy immune function. It is important to ensure that your child is growing well as 90% brain development happens by the age of 6. Nutrients like DHA, Choline, Iron, Iodine etc ensures healthy brain development. By this age, children achieve 70% of their adult height that’s why high protein and milk calcium is important for bone growth which is essential for height gain.