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A Guide to Infant Education: What it is and When to Start

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Did you know that more than 300,000 babies worldwide are born every day? When it comes to your own child, you of course want to make sure that he or she receives the best education early on. But when it comes to infant education, when should you start?

Many people believe that children really only start to learn in preschool which covers children aged three to five. However, children actually start learning new information as soon as they’re born. As soon as they open their eyes, they will start learning unique information about the world around them and how the world works.

But what should you expect as your infant starts to learn new information and how can you supplement this childhood education so that your child can get a head start in life? Keep reading and learn more about infant education and how it works.

What You Need to Know About Infant Education

Although most babies won’t start talking until they’re about a year old, infants actually start building their language skills (among other important skills) from birth until they’re about 3 months old. After that, their skills start to get more advanced. Within the first 3 months of your child’s life, you will be able to pick up on certain responses that your child has learned how to give to receive a reaction of some kind.

For example, crying is one of the first ways a baby learns to communicate. When a baby cries, the caregiver will try to figure out a way to soothe the baby. From this reaction, the baby will learn that he can receive a certain reaction from the caregiver simply by crying.

By doing this, the baby can receive milk, get his diaper changed, or receive attention. Even the pitch or duration of the baby’s cry may indicate a particular need that the baby wants satisfied. Of course, babies communicate in other ways than just crying.

What You Need to Know

Cooing is another way that babies communicate. Unlike crying which indicates the child wants something, cooing indicates that the baby is happy with the situation at hand. A baby may even smile or laugh if he is in a good mood.

Early on, a baby may not make too much eye contact with you. This is normal because new babies don’t have very good eyesight. Their eyesight only gets better as they age and their eyes become more mature.

During the first few months of a baby’s life, the baby will learn how to react to certain sounds and cues. They may also start interacting with things in a basic way such as putting their hand in their mouth or attempting to pick up or grasp an object such as a parent’s hand or a bottle.

After a year or two, the child will take leaps and bounds as he learns more about how to interact with the world and the people around him. He will start to babble and he will eventually learn how to take his first steps. But how can you supplement your infant’s education to make sure that he’s on the right track?

How to Improve and Supplement Infant Education

The best way to make sure that your infant’s education is on track is to spend plenty of time with your baby. By interacting and playing with your baby, he will learn more about your behavior and how to interact with people in general. By listening to you speak, your baby will learn how to imitate the sounds of speech by babbling.

This babbling will eventually turn into real words once the baby becomes old enough. Playing with your baby will teach the infant about physical objects such as how to stack blocks or how to put puzzle pieces together. While these may seem like basic tasks, they are very important for infants since they are still understanding how the physical world works.

If you’re worried that your infant isn’t learning enough information, don’t worry, because that’s why infant glasses exist. Daycare and preschool only come in later in a child’s life, but that doesn’t mean that your child shouldn’t start learning right away.

Infant enrichment programs ensure that your child has the opportunity to interact with other infants and other people in general.

More importantly, these classes allow your infant to explore an environment that isn’t your own house. Starting out, an infant won’t know much about the world beyond the house he lives in. By showing your baby different locations and different people, he can start to learn and adapt at a much faster rate.

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Keep in mind that your baby may not take easily to a new environment. If your baby feels uncomfortable in a new space or with new people, he may become upset and cry as a result. However, babies are very adaptable and after enough time, you will find that your baby will become more accustomed to the new environment and will no longer be upset at the concept of being in a place other than home.

Once your child becomes comfortable taking infant classes, you will see that he will easily pick up new information and learn this information at a very fast rate. Interacting with other infants in the class will also teach your baby how to interact with others which is essential for building social skills.

He might even start to learn more advanced skills such as sharing, communicating with expressions or sounds, and completing physical challenges such as grasping a bottle or a toy block.

Everything You Need to Know About Infant Education

Infant education is much more important than you might expect. Many people believe that children don’t start to learn until they enter preschool, but in reality, children start to learn new information as soon as they are born. Babies learn how to cry or laugh in order to receive attention or get a reaction from their caregivers.

By interacting with your baby on a regular basis and taking your baby to infant classes, you can make sure that your child’s education stays right on track. To learn more about infant education, find a TLE Center. The Learning Experience is happy to answer any of your questions. 

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