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By Dr.Anita Joesph | 0 Comments

I didn’t know if I had that natural instinct .I was never around babies much. Megna was exited. She is the first time mom.

Her Son Arnav is just two months old. She don't realise the time she spend looking at his face. As she stares back, his eyes brighten and his tiny hands being to fidget. He responds to her talk and smiles.

It’s a sweet and simple moment between mother and child.

Megna is employed in one of the leading IT companies in Infopark and staying in Kaloor,Kochi. She was alone in her apartment ,after her Husband Arul goes to work. As they are from Thirunalveli in Tamilnadu, their parents cannot join them here in Cochin.

It’s funny, though, that I really don’t even think about what I’m doing with Arnav. It just comes naturally.”

In this loving moments, without Megna realising,Arnav's infant brain cells are  growing. Even though Arnav is so young, a powerful brain development is occurring as a direct result of this close contact with her mom.Parents typically respond intuitively to cues from their child, picking them up when they cry and talking to them when they fuss. What many parents don’t know, however, is that by simply responding to their baby’s cues, they are helping their newborn’s brain develop. The more the mother /parents interact with the infant, the more brain cells will grow. Everything your baby sees, feels, hears and experiences stimulates the brain. It’s about connecting with your baby by picking up on their cues and responding to their needs. Brain cells, or neurons, begin to multiply at a rate of about 250,000 per minute at around four weeks after conception. At birth, a baby’s brain is only about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight and will grow more during the first three years than any other time in a human’s life.

Experts list 10 basic activities improve the baby's brain development

Eye contact: Your smiles and responses when they look at you , that  is how they are identifying you a their own ones. A simple smile or talk , looking to their eyes ,keeping your face close to theirs, will boost their response skills and hence the brain growth.More over that will help to connect with your child

Touching    : All babies love to be heald . Touching/Holding them not only warm their body but that offers a feel of security to the baby. Studies  shows ,the  children who were neglected and not touched have real trouble defining where their personal boundaries begin. They begin to be able to intuitively define where the self ends and where the non-self begins, where their body ends and where the next persons begins. Touch is a primal need

Playtime: All children learn the game of throwing food over the side of their highchair and watching mom or dad pick it up. Through this simple game babies are learning about action and reaction and how to interact with their environment. It’s all about cause and effect and object permanence. You’re teaching them that even when you don’t see me, I’m still here. That’s hugely important. They LOVE seeing their actions produce an effect and being able to re-produce that again and again, like kicking or pulling the string of a mobile to see it move or pressing on a button to make a buzzer sound

can see it, but out of reach, under a cloth, or behind a transparent pane. The baby needs to figure out that getting the object requires pulling on the cloth or reaching around the barrier.

Reading  :  Reading to your baby is one of the most powerful things you can do because it is multi-sensorial. When you hold and rock your child while you are reading, it involves sight, hearing, touch and smell. Studies show newborns even recognize books their mothers read aloud while they were pregnant.

Bathtime: The sensory experience of soothing water can help boost brain development

Smells: Introducing different scents can be a fun way to stimulate your baby’s brain development.

Responding : Parents often receive mixed messages about when and how often to respond to their crying baby. Crying is a response to stress for a baby and is the only way they have to communicate. When we pick them up,we are teaching them that the world is there for them, so don’t second guess your instinct to pick them up. Babies who get picked up and soothed will likely cry less because they’re developing their own self-soothing techniques. Children are influencing their environment right off the bat and you responding to the cues they’re giving is a huge thing. It’s telling them that you hear what they are saying.

Gender variety  : While women tend to cuddle with baby, men tend to pick baby up, hold them out front and walk their fingers along them from the bottom to the top. It’s terrific because mom is soothing and dad activates excitement so the little one hears dad’s voice and gets excited. This applies to grandpas, uncles and male friends, too.

Talking : By talking to your baby, you are helping them develop their vocabulary even when they’re infants. All that babbling and cooing that’s going on early, that’s the child’s pre-language skills developing. Babies express their needs and start to communicate in a variety of ways. Parents need to recognize that’s communication. The  number of words a child learns by the age of three grows in direct correlation to how many words are spoken in the home.

Relaxing : Cuddling with your baby is as important as being active with them. If we’re frantically saying to new parents that they have to make every single moment count, their presence is being stolen by their anxiety. When you’re connecting with your child, think about what you’re doing with your child as a person, not about whether you’re building your child’s brain.

Megna is getting to her work. She has the permission to work from home.The problem was who will take care of Arnav and house hole chores. Her search for a nanny cum house maid end at Life Maid Easy Services Incorporated. She learned about  Life Maid Easy Service incorporated from her collegue,Priya who subscribed Post partum care from them. He suggestion and reviews on Google and Facebook  helped her in her decision.

Now Arnav is 4months old. Megna is happily managing her household and work  with right balance.

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