When it comes to your baby’s brain, there’s new news, and it’s good news. The latest research has shown the first five years are when the brain is growing the fastest — and it’s shaped by every interaction your baby has with you.
New science has revealed that every time you talk and play with your baby, you’re actually sparking new, healthy connections in the brain. It may not seem like much from the outside, but these connections are the vital foundation your baby’s brain will need for the future. So, the more you connect with your little one now, the better your baby will do later on in school and in life.
And the best news of all? You already have everything you need to build a healthy, strong brain in the time you have. No special toys needed, nothing to add to your to do list, and it’s absolutely free (phew!). Thanks to the dedicated neuroscientists and child development experts at Vroom, there are simple things you can do now that will make a big difference in your baby’s future.
The Basics of Brain Building
We tend to connect learning with school, but learning begins at birth. Your little one is already taking in everything you say and do, and using that information to better understand the world. But what, specifically, should you be saying or doing to nurture that growth?
While you’re going about your daily activities together, keep these five brain-building basics in mind:
At 24+ months, your child is eager to discover the world. Try these bite-sized Vroom activities to help your child explore the world and, in the process, become a learner for life.
While each moment may seem small on its own, together these everyday interactions with your child add up to build the essential foundation your child needs for future learning.
Daily Moment: Diaper Changing
Invite your child to a changing time challenge. Make funny sounds like a monkey and ask your child to mimic the sound. Then ask, “What does a lion say?” See how many times you go back and forth.
Brainy Background: A changing time challenge provides a great opportunity to practice life skills — like remembering, paying attention to clues, shifting attention, and having the self-control to take on a challenge. Also, it can make changing time more fun for both of you!
Daily Moment: Mealtime
No matter what you’re cooking, your little one can be a helper. Give a play-by-play of the ingredients you're using and, if it’s safe, let your child touch, smell, or taste them. Have a conversation about what you're making: "Red pepper makes the beans spicy."
Brainy Background: Talking about everyday activities as you do them helps build children's communication skills — and their brains! Be sure to point to objects as you say their name to help your child learn new words.
Daily Moment: Laundry Time
Give your child a chance to explore textures when you’re putting away laundry. Before you fold, pass the items to your child first and ask how each one feels. Is it soft, rough, thin, heavy? What else feels that way?
Brainy Background: This game helps your child "think like a detective," because it uses senses (including touch) to understand the world.
What is Vroom? Vroom is a team of neuroscientists and child development experts, dedicated to turning the everyday moments you have with your child into brain-building moments. Vroom offers hundreds of ways to look at these moments in your routine differently, which can make a big difference in your child’s development.