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Is it really bad to expose my baby to TV?

Is it really bad to expose my baby to TV?

According to Brillbaby (n.d.) there are two schools of thought on this. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that children under 18 months must not be allowed to watch screen media other than video-chatting. Other child experts believe that limited amounts of high-quality educational TV can be beneficial, especially when accompanied with adult interaction. Assuming you decide to let your child watch some TV before age two, there are three main points to bear in mind to ensure that television watching remains a safe and beneficial activity for your baby. These are: content (preferably educational, high quality programming), limited quantity...

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Do you know what the “Golden window of opportunity” is?

Do you know what the “Golden window of opportunity” is?

At birth it is estimated that a new-born’s brain has an amazing 100 billion neurons. Your baby's brain has more neurons than yours - but only because it hasn't passed an important developmental stage, known as pruning, in which the brain deletes unused neurons and connections in the interest of efficiency. At least one study indicated that by the time you reach sexual maturity, you’ll have shed around 41% of the neurons you were born with (Van der Meer 2017). In this way brain development is truly a “use it or lose it” process. Scientific testing of exactly how experience...

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Do babies and computers go together?

Do babies and computers go together?

It depends on who you talk to. Some people are worried about babies looking at any kind of screen - whether television or computer. The reason for this can according to Brillbaby (n.d.) be broken down into three main concerns: radiation, eye strain and attention span.   Radiation: Most modern home computers emit a negligible degree of radiation. If the radiation from the average computer were really harmful to babies, then it would be harmful to everyone, and we would all be told to stay away from the computer! However, the old cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors - the big,...

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Do you know that tummy time plays an important part in language development?

Do you know that tummy time plays an important part in language development?

The best way to increase language development is through improving the immature respiration of the new-born (Doman & Doman 2005:78). A baby’s language development depends very strongly on the development of his respiration. It is a simple fact of life that in order to make sounds the baby must be able to inhale and exhale. Furthermore, he needs to be in control of when he will inhale and exhale. If your baby’s respiration is immature, he or she cannot pull in enough air to make a very loud or sustained sound. What is the best way to promote maturation of...

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How much does early development really matter?

How much does early development really matter?

At WePlaySmart we adopted the slogan: “Change a nation, One baby at a time!” If a baby’s brain doubles in size in the first year, then it makes sense to allow parents to use this golden window of opportunity. USE it or LOSE it! Let’s review how one nation became competitive. Japan, after World War II, was devastated and broke, but very interestingly managed to raise the average IQ of the total population within one generation by seven points. Japan achieved this remarkable fact by encouraging and supporting Japanese mothers to become “Kyakis (educational) mothers”. This was a turning point...

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