Building Baby's Brain: The Basics

  • Choose high-quality child care. To ensure healthy development, babies need sensitive, loving care and stimulating experiences. Choose a child-care provider who will interact warmly with your baby one-on-one. Look for a safe and clean environment, a low baby-to-adult ratio, a provider who understands how children grow and develop, and a rich variety of age-appropriate toys.

  • Get the information you need. If you have questions about your baby's development, there are many places you can go for answers. Ask your doctor questions during check-ups. Have your librarian recommend good books on child development. Contact the Family and Consumer Sciences agent in your county Extension Service office for more information on parenting.

  • Selected References:
    DeBord, K. (1997). Brain development. [Extension Publication]. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

    Shore, R. (1997). Rethinking the brain: New insights into early development. New York: Families and Work Institute.

    Viadero, D. (1996). Brain trust. Education Week, Sept. 18, 1996.

    Willis, C. (1997). Your child's brain: Food for thought. Little Rock, AR: Southern Early Childhood Association.

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