Tips for Parents – Brain Development

Table of Contents

#  Age & Stage
Theme
Title
1 Preconception
Future mothers’ health
Did you know that the brain of a future baby can be affected by the mother’s health, even before she gets pregnant?
2 Preconception
Future fathers’ health
Did you know that the brain of a future baby can be affected by the father’s health, even before conception?
3 Pregnancy
Nutrition during pregnancy
Did you know that you should eat twice as healthy when you are pregnant, not twice as much?
4
Pregnancy
Exposures during  pregnancy
Did you know that what you are exposed to during pregnancy can affect your unborn baby’s brain?
5
Pregnancy
Managing stress  during pregnancy
Did you know that positive feelings during pregnancy  can help your unborn baby’s brain?
6
0-2 months
Your role as a parent
Did you know that your newborn needs your loving care to develop a healthy brain?
7
3-4 months
Attachment / relationships
Did you know that a baby’s secure attachment is important  for brain development?
8
5-6 months
Listening to your baby
Did you know that listening to your baby’s cues helps your baby’s brain to develop?
9
7-9 months
Feeding your baby
Did you know that healthy foods and healthy feeding habits help build a healthy brain?
10
10-12 months
Safe environments
Did you know that a safe environment will help your baby’s brain development?
11
12-15 months
Language and numbers
Did you know babies quickly gain an understanding of the world around them through the development of language?
12
16-18 months
Movement
Did you know there are movement guidelines for toddlers?
13
19-24 months
Everyday play using all the senses
Did you know that using the five senses when playing with your toddler helps your toddler’s brain development?
14
25-30 months
Routines
Did you know routines are important to help young children develop a healthy brain?
15 31-36 months Helping your child cope Did you know you can help your child develop self-regulation?
To help your baby have a healthy brain, visit this interactive website: www.HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca