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The first months after delivery are exhausting. More than exhausting ... exhausting! And it is not only because of the physical wear and tear of childbirth, nor because of the change in life that the baby's arrival at home implies. The first few months you go out of your way (literally) for your child. Not only in terms of food and basic care. You give yourself completely. But it is instinct (which is very wise) that is aware of how important it is to the baby those first days.
Specifically, its first 1000 days. And the highest representatives in the field of health and children's education say so. We explain why the first 1000 days of your child's life are so important.
A comprehensive study compiled by UNICEF reveals astonishing facts: a baby's first 1000 days are crucial and will mark his life forever. In fact, 40% of adult mental skills were formed in those early years. Sounds amazing right? A thousand days is more or less 3 years of life. From there it can be said that your child stops being a baby and climbs an important step in their growth and maturation.
But those first 3 years, those first 1000 days of life, will have a tremendous impact on a cognitive and personal development level. It mainly affects these areas:
- Cognitive development
During the first 1000 days of life, the size of the brain doubles. It is the time of greatest activity and brain development of a lifetime. A moment in which basic concepts are recognized and related. Feeding has a lot to do with it, but also the baby's environment and the experiences it lives, which will leave a mark forever.
- Speech development
During the first years of life, language is assimilated and decoded. Would you be able to learn a language perfectly in three years? Difficult, right? But the baby is capable of learning not just one, but several languages at the same time in his first 1000 days of life. It is much easier for him if you encourage him by constantly listening to the language.
For a child to learn to speak, you have to talk a lot to him, and also to see you, observe the mouth and lips, since he will notice the movement of the mouth to articulate words. By 6 months, the baby recognizes a large number of words in his mother tongue. The most normal thing is that first you try to repeat syllables.
Later, words. Your vocabulary will increase progressively, until you feel able to put words together and try to form simple sentences. At 3 years old, he will already be able to have conversations with adults, but he will have to continue perfecting the language until he is 5-6 years old.
- Motor development
Baby's first three years seem like an ascending marathon of achievement. The baby is able to support the head, focus on objects, move arms, coordinate movements, roll over, drag the body, coordinate arms, legs and head to crawl, stand up, throw objects, grasp objects, walk, jump, balance, maintain balance ... Amazing!
- Emotional development
The bond with the family and people close to the baby is very important to guarantee good emotional health, which helps to build a strong personality, with good self-esteem and confidence. Remember that personality begins to form at this stage. A baby can become aware of who he is and how important he is to others thanks to the bond of affection with his parents. This will give you a strong self-esteem that will be key in the future development of all your skills.
- Development of social skills
Television, tablets and mobiles entertain children, but they can never help them develop social skills, which they will only learn by living together and interacting with other people. Interaction with people is vital in these first years of life, and the baby will carry good resources to interact in its next stage.
The UNICEF study pays special attention to the importance in these first 1000 days of the affective bond. Babies who receive more affection during this stage have far fewer problems growing up than babies who lived with less affection.
In fact, children who grow up during those first 1000 days of life in an unstructured, violent, troubled and aggressive home have been shown to grow up with severe health and behavioral problems. Without a doubt, love is a good food during the first 1000 days of your child's life, but without a doubt, it is throughout his life.
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