The brain is amazing...
In the first year of life the brain doubles in size. By the first birthday the brain is two thirds the size of an adult brain. If babies grew in height like this, they could be four feet tall when they were one year old!!
So what happens to your baby shapes their brain. And the most important thing that happens to your baby is you! Everything you do when you are with your baby sparks connections in their brain, turning connections into pathways that the child can use again.
Five to thrive
Your child's body grows better when you give the child good food.Your child's brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:
Respond - Cuddle - Relax - Play - Talk
These are your child's daily 'five to thrive' - the building blocks for a healthy brain. A healthy brain will help your child be happy in themselves, make friends and enjoy their learning when they go to school. And every day will bring many opportunities to give your baby's brain what it needs to grow well.
Clink this link to read the full Five to Thrive document for more insight into these five important stages.