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10 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn by Kate Timmins @Kate_Kismet 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. They Begin Learning Before Birth Babies exposed to certain sounds during pregnancy respond to the same stimuli as newborns. Singing and telling your baby how excited you are to meet them not only helps you bond with them, it poten- tially lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Music Enhances Their Ability To Retain Information Rhythm, repetition, and related move- ments in “action songs” help the infor- mation stick, and one recent study even found that babies who engage in musical play showed improved language recognition. Laughter Helps Them Learn Making learning fun not only keeps ba- bies engaged, it actually helps them ab- sorb and retain new information. They Use Mimicry As A Fundamental Learning Tool As any parent of a toddler will attest to, your little one is soaking up and storing information, just waiting until they have the skills to emulate what they’ve taken in. Moving Their Tongue Helps Them Learn New Sounds Babies mimic the mouth and tongue movements of the person speaking to them as a way of storing information about the sounds they’re hearing. They Learn Better While On The Move Movement allows babies to work through new information more thor- oughly and effectively than passive observation alone. They Literally Learn In Their Sleep Naps and bedtime are essential for a ba- by’s brain to process new information and consolidate it into new skills. They Are Little Physicists When babies see a familiar object doing something unexpected, they naturally want to investigate and even choose what type of “experiment” to conduct based on what new action they’ve seen the fa- miliar object perform. They Take The Phrase “Practice Makes Perfect” To A New Level! While it may be frustrating to sing “5 lit- tle ducks” ten times in a row, repeating a game or activity helps babies retain new information. They’re Not Afraid To Fail Finding a way to solve a problem is an important skill and getting frustrated, or even failing, is all part of the process. Your baby knows you’re there for support and they will ask for help when they need it, which is a skill in and of itself! References 1 http://www.pnas.org/content/110/37/15145 2 http://www.pnas.org/content/113/19/5212 3 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ abs/10.1080/02699931.2015.1036840?journalCode=pcem20 4 http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/10/06/1508631112 5https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3536268/ 6 http://www.pnas.org/content/112/5/1625 7 https://hub.jhu.edu/2015/04/02/surprise-babies-learning/ 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. RAISEVEGAN.COM Raise Vegan 19