Surprising Facts About How Baby Brain Works

12According to a theory, all babies are born premature.

The theory cited that the first three months after the baby was born can be considered as their fourth trimester. This is when they can distinguish white noise and starts to socialize, something that would have been impossible to do if they remain in their mother’s womb.

11A baby’s brain is designed to favor their mother’s scent.

Many infants and mothers bond with each other using their sense of touch and smell.

10Neurons are already complete at birth.

Normally, there are 100 billion neurons in each newborn, which is two times those found in adults. Babies need more neurons to help them with the learning process in their young life. Only when they get older will they experience neural pruning, or the removal of the weaker neurons to maintain the stronger ones. You might have noticed that younger kids can pick up a language faster than older ones.

9Baby brains get stronger with physical touch.

Babies who are loved and have been shown affection through physical touch have stronger neurons.

8Baby brains are ready for speech development way before they start babbling and talking.

A University of Washington research on 7-month-old babies showed that the areas of the baby brain related to speech are activated even at this young age.

7Once babies refuse to leave their parents, it shows that their long-term memory is already activated.

Research shows that starting at 9 months, babies start forming long-term memories. This is when they get attached to their parents and cry when they are separated from them.

6Brain development takes up so much energy.

In fact, about 60% of the metabolic energy used up by babies are spent on their developing baby brain.

5Brain development is at its peak between their delivery and age three.

During this three-year period, the brain develops faster than other parts of the body. It even grows two times in volume within a three month period.

4Babies who speak multiple languages often grow up playing executive roles.

Babies raised as bilinguals usually assume executive functions when they grow up. Speaking two languages helps them understand different representational or perceptual features presented by a problem.

3Making silly sounds and faces help the baby’s brain development.

Exaggerated faces showing different emotions can help babies understand emotional communication better. The exaggeration makes it easier for them to imitate facial expressions. Even silly baby talk can help babies grasp words and learn the language faster.

2Being too responsive may slow down the baby’s learning process.

Research shows that responding to your babies 80 percent of the time but not more helps the babies learn. This is especially important when the baby starts babbling. Parents should respond less to sounds that the baby produced so many times before and respond more to new sounds that are closer to real words, such as Dada, Mama, and the likes.

1Baby brains also get overwhelmed.

Babies need human interaction, but parents should remember that babies also have short attention spans and they can become over-stimulated. There are times when the baby only needs their parents’ help in calming down, so dim lights, rocking motions, and swaddling may help.

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