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Babies Are So Clever! One of the most exciting advances in child development

Bonding with Babies Brain Development and Learning

has been the discovery that babies actually learn before they are born. Even more amazing is the fact that during the first year, babies learn more than at any other time in their lives. By the first birthday, the baby’s brain has doubled in volume as a direct result of the trillions of connections made between the brain cells. This is why it is so important to introduce a rich variety of sensory experiences at every possible opportunity.

The following activities are wonderful for growing the bond between parent and baby.

Massage is one sensory delight that really strengthens the bond because it provides an opportunity for parents to express their love. Babies usually feel very relaxed afterwards and sleep better.

Skin to skin contact has significant benefits on relationship building between the mother and the baby. It also reduces the baby’s stress levels, builds up resistance to infection and gets breastfeeding off to a good start. Skin to skin contact also facilitates the bond between father and baby.

Looking into the baby’s eyes is a fantastic way to get to know and understand them and a vital means of communication. Parents are usually delighted when the baby makes eye contact for the first time, which in turn strengthens the two-way relationship.

Babies love music and movement and being held close. Dancing also helps parents feel much closer to their baby.

Some experts advocate carrying the baby in a sling. The theory of Attachment Bonding argues that babies are less likely to cry if they are continuously carried. Being close to the parent creates an intimate and secure environment for the baby and promotes deep bonding between them.

Early communication is extremely important. Establishing a dialogue between the parent and baby brings them closer together. Cuddling up and reading a book is a wonderful experience for a baby, no matter how young they are. For parents that find it hard to talk to their baby, reading aloud may be one way of making conversation.

However, it is during the first year of life that the brain constructs the foundations of the baby’s intellectual future. This is the period when the baby actually structures her own brain as a result of the multitude of experiences she encounters. Every time the baby hears, sees, smells, tastes or feels something new, neural connections form between the brain cells at a remarkable rate. No wonder babies spend so much of their time sleeping!

Singing is a musical way of speaking and babies just love it. Songs and rhymes do more than entertain; they enhance the parent-baby bond, they improve socialisation skills and they introduce babies to speech patterns.

Research shows that gentle bouncing and rocking games that encourage parents to interact with the baby in a fun way activate maternal and paternal hormones, which allow them to connect more deeply with the baby. However, the quality of interaction between the parent and the baby is the real benefit.

Author, Dr Lin Day. Contact Clare Wilson, Baby Sensory, Email:

Breakthrough research has revealed the extraordinary abilities of babies. It has also shown that experiences during pregnancy and the first year of life profoundly influence intelligence, creativity, language, memory, reasoning, problem- solving, and incredibly, later reading and math skills. Everything the baby experiences will affect the growth and development of the brain and form the foundation for all future learning. That’s why it is so important to provide the best conditions for learning from conception to the end of the first year of life!

By Dr Lin Day. Contact Clare Wilson, Baby Sensory Email

Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine. Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.


Most babies learn best when they see, hear, feel, touch, taste and smell.

From the moment of conception, the foetal brain undergoes rapid change. Every minute 250,000 new brain cells are formed. By the seventh month the process of brain formation is complete and the baby possesses a staggering 100 to 200 billion brain cells! The brain is continuously working, growing and preparing the baby for life in the outside world. It’s amazing to think that the newborn baby has already acquired an incredible store of knowledge gained from a range of experiences inside the womb. The newborn’s brain already functions better and faster than the most sophisticated computer. If each layer of the brain was unfolded, it would probably cover the area of a football pitch! Billions of brain cells (neurons) fire several hundred times per second sending electrical impulses from one neuron to the next, like a huge international information exchange system receiving and sending signals. Over time, the brain progressively fine tunes some of the electrical pathways, with primitive reflexes such as the rooting and startle reflex being dispensed with and the pathways that govern speech and motor coordination being retained.

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