You present your babies with experiences that foster learning and growth, not by force-feeding knowledge but rather through an interactive, loving relationship that never fails to form when you practice stimulation that pleases your baby. Infant Stimulation is a form of play that challenges your baby’s mind and satisfies his newly discovered preferences earlier than we ever thought possible. The scientific community has yet to discover any manner of promoting you infant’s total growth that equals simply to your baby’s preferences.
The Elements of Growth
An individual’s total growth is made up of the interrelationship of physical, mental, emotional, and social development. From researches, it is clear that Infant Stimulation will impact on you child’s total growth without stressing one area at the expense of the others.
Physical growth is the easiest to measure accurately by scale and chart. It refers to your baby’s height and weight. Comparative studies have shown that infants who are caressed and cuddled more than others actually gain weight faster. Parents who thoughtfully touch their infants, talk to them, help them exercise appropriately, and provide them with a variety of pleasing visual targets actually enhance their youngsters’ ability to sit, crawl, walk and develop.
Infant Stimulation accelerates a baby’s mental ability and increases a child’s skills in finding ways to stimulate himself. Studies have shown that with continued and consistent stimulation over a two-year period, I.Q. can be boosted by 15 to 30 points, when I.Q measures are taken at four to five years of age. Did you know that:
Em otional and Social Growth
Children who feel loved and secure are most likely to get along with others in their world. They are the sociable little ones who learned the fundamentals of satisfying interaction with people and situations. And they are the one who as adults are likely to make positive contributions to the society in which they live.
There are countless studies that document the effectiveness of the kind of physical, mental and emotional growth stimulation I have mentioned. The two studies below showed dramatic results, one from a negative and the other from a positive point of view.
Dr. Warren Dennis, an American pediatrician interested in child development, examined children in a Iranian orphanage in 1960 and brought the following shocking facts to light:
Dr. Dennis concluded that because these children had received only minimal amounts of touching, rocking, talking and general nurturing attention, their growth and development had been severely stunted.
Then, in 1967, a developmental anthropologist, Dr. Mary Ainsworth, observed that babies in Uganda were cuddled, carried, and rocked by family members some eighteen out of twenty-four hours. Along with these overt expressions of warmth and caring, the Ugandan children were strapped to their mothers’ bodies while the women worked in the fields, and thus were exposed to continuous movements, rhythmic talking, and singsong communications.
As a consequence of this constant attention, the Ugandan babies were able to:
· Sit unsupported before five months of age
· Crawl at five months of age
· Walk at seven months
· Complete toilet training by an amazing eleven months.
The famous Swiss developmental psychologist, Dr. Jean Piaget, and other researchers in this field have stated conclusively that infant requires sensory stimulation in order to grow and learn. From these studies, we can plainly see that the first six months of life is a crucial time for parents to supply the stimulating events and objects necessary to keep infants’ minds active.
Infants under six months of age cannot create their own thoughts about puppy dogs and ice cream cones. They need someone to provide the information and materials for them to think about. This is your parental role. You will be able to fulfill it expertly by interacting with the six senses already very keenly developed in your newborn: sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing and movement