Experts are again reminding parents to kiss, cuddle and talk to their babies. Why? Because research shows that babies who receive physical affection and opportunities to explore their environment are more likely to fully develop brain connections needed for learning.
While it may seem obvious to love, talk, sing and read to babies, one expert suggests that not all parents realize “how much interaction infants need with adults for brain development,” and adds:
Lots of young parents today have little support or knowledge about kids, their extended family is not around to give advice, they’ve had no experience with children, and babies don’t come with an instruction manual.
Snuggles, affection generally, and quality of time with baby are incredibly important to development, even when babies can’t yet read or speak. Check out these Green Treehouse fabulous Mom/Dad-Baby Time finds:
1. Baby Einstein Chunky Board Books.
2. Bathtime Squirt Toys, like Sassy’s Snap and Squirt Sea Creatures.
3. Puzzles, like Melissa & Doug’s Jumbo Knob First Puzzle.