Children all develop in their own way, at their own pace, and it’s important not to rush them. In allowing them to grow at their pace, you help build confidence in who they are. It is important to provide an environment that supports a child’s development in a way that they respond well to.
So, we have rounded up our Top Interesting Facts on Child Development:
- Cognitive development is increased where a child is learning more than one language – an easy way to incorporate another language is through TV. Sometimes screen-time is needed, so using a cartoon like Dora the Explorer, that exposes them to another language, is beneficial.
- It doesn’t just sound like it, it actually is! A 3-year-old boy’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a restaurant.
- Reading out aloud to a child will help stimulate brain development, especially in their early years.
- Babies and toddlers have a hard time separating background noises from voices speaking. Sometimes, a toddler isn’t ignoring you calling their name, they are dealing with a lack of response skills.
- Language development of a baby can be accelerated if a parent makes an effort to respond to a baby’s vocalisation more than 80% of the time.
- In their early years, pretend play helps children to regulate their own cognitive behaviour, and gain a deeper understanding of the mind.
- Just after birth, your baby sees only in black and white, with shades of grey. As the months go by, your baby will slowly start to develop his colour vision.
- Babies learn what is important to pay attention to by following the eye gaze of adults.
A great resource on ideas to enhance child development at the different developmental stages can be found on MedicineNet. We recommend that you monitor how your child responds, it’s important to build confidence at this age, and not impact it.