Brain Growth in the Early Years of Life

Brain Growth in the Early Years of Life

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Brain growth in the early years of life occurs at an astounding pace. At birth, the human brain contains about 100 billion cells not yet connected into functioning networks; by age 3, a child’s brain has formed 1 trillion connections!

Brain connections formed during the early years of life become the foundation for a child’s thinking and learning. The development of these connections is shaped by a child’s early experiences.

Here are some things that parents and family members can do to enhance a child’s brain development:


  • Lots of love and affection are the most important things you can do to promote emotional and cognitive growth. You cannot love your baby too much!

A Safe Environment

  • Your baby needs to feel safe and secure. When a baby feels stress, brain development can be slowed down.
  • Predictable daily routines help your baby learn what to expect from the world.

Enriching Experiences

  • Talk, Read, Explore.
  • Routine daily activities can help build your baby’s brain.

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