A healthy full-term pregnancy, a successful birth, a safe and healthy home environment, and excellent nutrition, including breastfeeding if feasible, are all essential for newborns in their first year of life to get off to a good start. In order to ensure that all infants have a good foundation, the CDC works hard.
The development of an infant begins long before the baby is even born. “A child’s neurological system starts to form in the first week of gestation and is basically in place by the time the mother reaches four weeks of pregnancy,” says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Dr. Spinks-Franklin works at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she specializes in treating children with behavioral and developmental disorders. Furthermore, a fetus can hear by the time it is 17 weeks old. Therefore, it is never too soon to begin reading to your baby, singing to your baby, or engaging in any other activities geared toward babies to assist and encourage development.
The following are ten strategies to foster your bond with your infant while also promoting healthy baby development, which will assist you in assisting your child in developing language and motor skills, as well as reaching essential milestones: