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Early Child Development - Brain




Science has shown that the highest period of brain development occurs between the ages of 0-3 years. During this time your child’s brain is making 700 new brain connections every second! You play an important role in helping your child build a healthy brain.


Healthy brain development means your child will be more likely to:

  • Have good health
  • Do well in school
  • Understand right and wrong
  • Have good self-control over their behaviour and emotions

Building Healthy Brains to Build a Healthy Future

Give your child the building blocks to be the best they can be. When you respond to your baby in a consistent and positive way, you help your baby's brain develop.

  • Create  a healthy environment where your baby feels loved and safe to explore their surroundings.
  • Play with your baby and your baby's brain will respond to what is going on around him.
  • Talk, read, sing to your baby regularly. 
  • Tell your baby you love them.
  • Respond to your baby's cries, smiles, and babbling.
  • Breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months.
  • Once baby is 6 months old, continue to breastfeed and begin to introduce solids. Provide healthy nutritious foods for a healthy mind and a healthy body.
  • Always respond in a caring, sensitive way when your baby is upset, scared, hurt or ill.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings
  • Create a stimulating environment to help develop their senses
    • Help them identify new smells (i.e. flowers, food cooking)
    • Offer a variety of foods to stimulate their taste buds
    • Play music and identify new sounds
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed or stress, talk to a health care provider. Taking care of yourself helps you to care for your baby.
Date of creation: December 9, 2014
Last modified on: January 11, 2016

Health Connection

Call Health Connection to speak with a Public Health Nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

  • 519-663-5317 ext. 2280
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Supportive and Stable Relationship with Caregiver

Grandmother and Baby playing together