Early Childhood Development: 5 Things Parents Need to Know


Early childhood development is a process, and parents play a huge role in their child’s development. Here are a few things parents need to know to help with their baby’s early childhood development.

Babies absorb information from birth

Babies, from the first month of their existence, learn how to respond to different information. For example, they respond by smiling when their parents smile at them. They also respond when people try to talk to them. So parents need to maintain a line of communication even when they know the baby can’t talk or understand what they’re saying.

Toddlers need responsive upbringing

Babies alter their behaviors by responding to the slightest changes in their environment. If parents aren’t responsive to their toddler’s needs, it can hinder their development and lead to delayed learning and developmental issues.

Children are curious

It’s no secret that children are curious, but there’s a common misconception that their curiosity peaks when they’re able to move on their own. This isn’t true at all. Instead, children start learning much earlier. Babies start recognizing and remembering their parent’s faces, voices, and routines from the first month. They also learn things by copying what others do, so parents need to insinuate healthy behavior into their children through practical examples, as it will help with their early childhood development later on.

Children learn more when they’re young

Children are more curious than adults, and they also love to explore and learn new things. So naturally, their learning capabilities are much more pronounced in their younger years compared to when they’re older. Parents need to offer them the right tools and environment to maintain these capabilities and help them expand their brain functioning.

Children need a safe learning environment

There’s no doubt that children learn more when they’re young, but this learning can be significantly hindered if children aren’t given a safe environment. A safe environment isn’t limited to a secure area. It also includes the behaviors of people around them, especially parents. It’s well known that if parents aren’t supportive of their children’s learning, either kids stop altogether or enter a rebellious phase. Both of these things affect their early childhood development.

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