Sensory stimulation helps to form Brain synapses in babies. These are essential for brain development in babies. #FeedIQ

Did you know, spending time with your infant is the best thing you can do for their brain development? All the time that you spend talking, singing, playing with your infant actually works as a stimulation to form brain synapses leading to better brain development in babies.

So next time you’re thinking your new born is too young for your songs, or your toddler is too young for puzzles and games, think again. When you offer brain stimulations for infants and babies, you are in fact, helping in feeding IQ. Want to know more about #FeedIQ and ways to form Brain Synapses in babies through stimulation? Read on.

#feediq ways to form brain synapses in kids

 

What are Brain Synapses?

The human brain is like a complex machine that works on wires connected to each other. Neurons in the brain cells, communicate with each other by sending electrical signals across a small space called a synapse. At birth a baby’s brain is almost 70% of adult size of the brain.

  1. At birth a baby has 50 trillion synapses
  2. In the first three months, the synapses multiply more than 20 times
  3. By one year a baby’s brain has 1,000 trillion synapses

Stimulation helps in baby’s brain development and when you help in forming these brain synapses early on, you help in infant cognition.

How you can help Brain Development in Babies?

Research shows, the physical and emotional experiences that a baby receives in the first five years of their life directly reflect their learning ability and brain growth the rest of their life. Keeping your child in an environment where they receive love, care, and various stimulation for developing sensory neurons and synapses is very important. Don’t shy away from playing with your baby. You might be actually helping him to become smarter.

5 ways to form Brain Synapses in babies through stimulation

#feediq ways to form brain synapses in kids

Use sensory stimulation

At birth babies don’t have clear vision and it develops over a time. But they have strong sense of hearing. They often can recognize a mother’s voice. Research has shown many infants recognize the songs the mom used to sing while she was carrying him. The mothers voice has a calming effect on babies.

Use touch as a sensory stimulation. Give gentle massage to your new born for a calming effect and getting him familiar with your touch. Don’t keep him swaddled all the time, let him throw his hands and feet in the air.

Use breastfeeding time to encourage interaction

Breastfeeding is not just a way to provide the best nutrition for your baby. Breastfeeding also helps in brain development.

Use this time to encourage interaction with your new born. Babies don’t have a good far sight but they can see things near them. Make eye contact with your baby, the baby is more likely to focus on your face while he’s breastfeeding. This is an active way to #FeedIQ in your baby. This is your first form your communication. Breastmilk has DHA, Natural Vitamin E which are essential nutrients for brain development. When added with brain stimulation with interaction, the feeding time can become an exciting time for babies.

#feediq ways to form brain synapses in kids breastfeeding

Shower your baby with love and affection

Don’t shy away from showering love, affection and care to your baby. There’s no such thing called ‘too much love’. A baby needs that emotional security, the feeling of being loved for forming positive brain synapses. Try to engage with your baby throughout the day where he feels your love and touch. Simple things like massage, bath time, hugging, kisses help throughout his childhood.

Studies show, negative forms of stimulation in form of neglect, stress, trauma, abuses can all have a tragic effect on brain development in babies.

Talk, Read, Sing to your baby

Babies love when you speak to them animatedly, sometimes in high pitched voice. Sing little songs to your baby – it can be a rhyme, a folk song or even a tune. These are early forms of stimulation for developing language. The more they hear words, the faster they will try to talk.

I started reading to my son, when he was only 6 or seven months old. He used to look at colourful photos. Now at three, he absolutely loves his story times. We have two to three story times through the day and he has his own library. He knows characters from several books. He can’t read words yet, but every time he opens a book he has to say “once upon a time…”.

Toys are important to develop motor skills

Age 0-3 months – Allow tummy time for a few minutes every day to strengthen their neck and back muscles and look at his surroundings.

Age 3-6 months – take them out for strolls outside the house for new sights, sounds, experinces

Age 6-9 months – let them crawl and touch different things around the house

Babies need mobility to explore their surroundings when they are at an age to sit and crawl. Let your baby play with toys of different texture, shapes and colors. Stacking toys, rattles helps them in gross and fine motor skills.

For toddlers, let them get messy – let them try finger painting, playing in sand, allow him to take his toys in bath tub. Learning while playing is the best form of education.

#feediq ways to form brain synapses in kids

When you provide these stimulations they help in forming brain synapses leading to better brain development in babies. Repetition actually works best for babies. It helps your baby build neurons and create lasting memories. Make them feel loved and cared, stimulate a positive environment – because after all as a parent you only want the best for your baby, don’t you?

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29 Comments on 5 ways to form Brain Synapses in babies through stimulation – Brain Development in Babies #FeedIQ

  1. Neha Sharma
    October 4, 2018 at 3:51 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Very informative post, Tina! It will be an eye-opener for many new parents who think there’s nothing much to do with newborns and young infants.

    Reply
  2. Sabeeka Lambe
    October 4, 2018 at 10:17 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Love how you explained synapses and the different activities that help form brain synapses… I have seen how songs, sounds and rhymes help babies effectively develop so many other senses too

    Reply
  3. Dipika Singh
    October 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm (2 weeks ago)

    You have explained the brain connections and synapses brilliantly. One thing I understand is, everything is based on healthy nutrition and brain stimulation.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  4. Akshata
    October 7, 2018 at 11:48 am (2 weeks ago)

    I wasn’t aware of this concept of “Brain Synapses” thanks for bringing this educative topic up Tina. I do agree that physical contact and constant talking and other forms of interaction play a big role in forging a bond with the baby which has positive long term impact.

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  5. Alpana Deo
    October 8, 2018 at 7:21 am (2 weeks ago)

    How amazing it is to see the brain development. Even with newborns there is a lot of scope for engagement and involvement through different activities. This is a good guiding post for many new parents.

    Reply
  6. Pooja kawatra
    October 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I remember doing this especially the breastfeeding time to bond over and talk, interact so much.

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  7. Veena Haridas
    October 9, 2018 at 12:31 am (2 weeks ago)

    We wer told by our pediatrician about this! This is a great post and an informational one! I will be forwarding this to my new mom friends!

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  8. Shubhada Bhide
    October 9, 2018 at 6:28 am (2 weeks ago)

    These are some great ways to boost our baby’s brain development. We need to teach our kids, keep talking and sing them a nursery rhythm.

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  9. Mahak
    October 9, 2018 at 11:56 am (2 weeks ago)

    These are good ideas and really simple which can be done daily too. Very informative

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  10. Amrita
    October 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm (2 weeks ago)

    An interesting read indeed.A mother has a wonderful role to play in all stages of brain development

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  11. Deepa jaisingh
    October 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Such easy ways to help baby grow. Thank you this post has great insight for the mothers sbd mothers to be.

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  12. Deepa jaisingh
    October 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Such easy ways to help baby grow. Thank you this post has great insight for the mothers and mothers to be.

    Reply
  13. Deepa jaisingh
    October 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Such easy ways to help baby grow. Thank you this post has great insight for the mothers and mothers to be.:)

    Reply
  14. Prisha Lalwani
    October 12, 2018 at 8:35 pm (1 week ago)

    Toys are definitely instruments we undermine terribly! Age appropriate toys are very helpful. We used to sing together and play a lot of music when the boys were little and even now it is one of the most fun activities we do.

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  15. Pragnya Mishra
    October 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm (1 week ago)

    An informative article. It would be helpful for new parents who are unable about ‘brain synapses’.

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  16. Gunjan Upadhyay
    October 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm (1 week ago)

    these are really some Great tips. I am sure it will benefit all new parents/

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  17. Princy Khurana
    October 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm (1 week ago)

    these are great tips for new parents. forwarding it to my friend who recently became a mother.

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  18. Neha Jain
    October 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm (1 week ago)

    Thanks for sharing this with me and all mother’s , it is such an informative post how we can help baby development through simple activities

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  19. Neha Tambe
    October 14, 2018 at 11:38 am (1 week ago)

    That is an informative post! I never knew that small things like singing reading and involving them in activities helps in brain stimulation.

    Reply
  20. Shalu Sharma
    October 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm (1 week ago)

    Very interesting & informative article Tina. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  21. Geethica
    October 14, 2018 at 5:49 pm (1 week ago)

    When I used to breastfeed my daughter, she used to look into my eyes without blinking. And I wanted to ask her what she observed so seriously on my face? I wish children could have a long memory and they could answer our queries of that time.

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  22. Ashvini Naik
    October 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm (1 week ago)

    I love how you’ve brilliantly detailed how we can help nourish the baby’s mental growth right from infancy, Tina.

    Sharing this post as it will be useful to those expecting their first kid.

    Reply
  23. Snehalata Jain
    October 14, 2018 at 6:35 pm (1 week ago)

    Brain activation is really important thru stimulation activity as it helps to grow iq level

    Reply
  24. Jhilmil D Saha
    October 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm (1 week ago)

    You have explained everything in so much details stage wise. I am ginding it very helpful actually. I have seen that singing and rhyming makes the little ones happier and learn quickly

    Reply
  25. NIHARIKA CHATTERJEE
    October 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm (1 week ago)

    this post is very informative and useful for all the new moms…I will be sharing it to my other friends

    Reply
  26. Sayeri
    October 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm (1 week ago)

    Sensory stimulation is imp, and breastfeeding also helps to feed IQ.I play with my toddler, I try diff crafts with him, he loves doing this even he takes his car toy every day during bath time.

    Reply
  27. Pallavi
    October 16, 2018 at 9:28 am (6 days ago)

    I really loved the way you have explained about the baby development skill ,this post will be helpful for new mom.I will bookmark the post .

    Reply

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