Your conscious encouragement of movement, play, and exercise promotes your baby’s physical health, as well as her emotional and mental growth and development.
Play is an essential part of your child’s learning, brain development, and overall health. This section discusses the importance of play in helping your child learn to navigate the world around her, and suggests appropriate toys and activities for various ages and stages.
Ideas for healthy foods, whether you are pregnant, nursing, formula feeding, or offering solids.
Your baby starts life with an innate curiosity that serves as a primary force for her to explore the world, to seek new experiences, and to learn.
Your child has a natural curiosity and sensitivity to nature that motivates her to connect with the natural world.
Open exploration and play are the basis for creative problem solving and lifelong learning. The flow of creativity fosters flexibility, calmness, and confidence in learning and accomplishing goals.
You can help your child develop use of her cognitive pathway by creating an environment that stimulates her curiosity, memory, and problem solving.
You can help your baby build her gross-motor skills, fine-motor skills, and spatial awareness in her body by encouraging her to engage in fun physical activities.
You can help your baby develop her interactive pathway of learning by exposing her to experiences that stimulate her awareness of herself and others.
You can help your baby develop her sensory pathways of learning by exposing her to a variety of experiences that use all her senses.