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How developed is my baby’s brain at birth?

At birth, the brain is on the verge of explosive growth. An infant’s brain has 100 billion nerve cells called “neurons.” These neurons will grow and connect with other neurons in systems that control important functions such as sight, speech, hearing, movement and emotions. The nurturing care infants receive now will enhance their physical and emotional growth.

Newborn babies can see, hear and feel what’s happening around them. They also can process information. For instance, they know the difference between their mother’s voice and someone else’s. From the beginning, infants should be talked to, read to, sung to and held lovingly to stimulate healthy development.

Most of a child’s brain growth and development will occur during the first three years of life. How we nurture and care for our children during this time will impact their readiness for school, emotional development and future potential as adults.
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