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The Learning Baby

It is important that your child learns what she wants to learn and not what you want her to learn.Be an active guide, not an interfering one.Read on how to stimulate intellectual skills in your child.


A baby's mind is like a sponge, constantly soaking up information. Everything is a new and exciting experience for a newborn baby. She is always absorbing information through her five senses - sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Human beings never stop learning, but the rate at which babies learn cannot be achieved by an adult. A baby's learning curve is almost perpendicular. Remember that your baby's emotions and intellect are developing during the first weeks of life, just as rapidly as his size, weight and coordination.  

Stimulating your baby

Remember that you are the most important person in your baby's life. It is important that you establish a strong bond with her. Facial contact is extremely important, as your face is one of the few things a baby responds to in the first few weeks. Bring your face close to your baby's and be as animated as possible by smiling, moving your head and raising your eyebrows. Hold conversations with your baby. Read to your baby. She is never too young to look at books. Start with books that have brightly coloured pictures or even pop-up pictures. 

Be an active guide, not an interfering one. Your baby should be learning what she wants to learn, not what you think she should be learning. Rid yourself of any preconceived notions you may have about what a child her age should or should not know.

Learning spurts

Babies do not grow, develop and learn at a constant rate. During a learning spurt, the baby will devour new ideas and skills and apply them immediately. However, at the same time, she may stop certain other activities or seem to forget certain skills. This usually happens because the baby is concentrating her energies on learning new things. Once she has mastered the new skill, the old ones will return.

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Rishi.9 years ago
ya! its very true that a child's mind is like a sponge. whatever they are taught in this age, whether good or bad will all be absorbed in their mind. therefore, a parent must be very careful to teach the right thing to the child.
girija.9 years ago
it is extremely important as to "how" you are teaching and also "what" you are teaching at what stage.
children have very unique phases to the "learning process" which are some times very specific to individuals.
it is wrong teaching that results in wrong outcome.
please remember that adults have to be obsrevant with each child and be equipped with the proper way of making them learn.
motivating factors (vary from physical things to emotional) have to be positive and based upon the stage of life of the child.
giving free time and space initially is a must while helping them learn.
no no.9 years ago
the rasmus rock! by donna h
kundanika R malik.9 years ago
my niece is 4 months old,she watches tv very keenly, the only thing i fail to understand is why?? could someone help & explain... thanks..
sadie.9 years ago
this site is really good and is helping me alot with my child development very good :)
sdfsdf.9 years ago
Valbona.9 years ago
hi i have 2 kids but they are 12 and 11 years old i wonder if is some one there to tell me about child development from 0- 16
shaba.9 years ago
i agree to all of u, i need to know how can a mother be motivated to keep them all the time on there toes.
i had very nicely given my daughter all the training,now she is going to school from where she learns , which i feel she has forgotten all i had put in her. please please ponder on this
rekha.9 years ago
this site give an overall experience and an opportunity for the parents to know about their little ones
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