Your child’s early years are the most formative years in brain development. Therefore, before any formal learning, it’s crucial to focus on brain development as this has a lasting influence on their health, wellbeing, relationships, and life.
A child’s brain development covers four main areas -- physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional. You can develop these in a variety of ways, such as by reading to them, encouraging them during play time, and also by the way you handle your child’s tantrums and behaviour.
Read closely as we deep dive into ways you can help your toddler’s brain development to give them a head start in life.
At 12-36 months, a child’s language skills start to develop rapidly enabling them to understand what is being said to them. Hence, it’s important to be attentive and interactive with them.
For example, when talking to them, it’s important to get down to eye level and make eye contact. It also helps to say what they’re doing out loud, or even describe what others are doing.
This is also the stage where they’re learning through repetition, so don’t be surprised if they keep asking for you to repeat the same songs, rhymes, or stories to them. It’ll also help them with learning new words.
Most importantly, implement reading as a habit from young. Jellycat carries books that are suitable from birth to help your child pick up the habit of reading while keeping it fun and enjoyable.