How to stimulate baby brain development #FeedIQ

How to stimulate baby brain development

The moment a new life comes into the womb, a mother promises to give her baby the best. But it’s easier said than done. Due to lack of knowledge and proper approach, this task can get difficult for mothers. Apart from executing routine activities like feeding, playing etc with your baby to stimulate baby brain development, interaction with the newborn via brain exercises are vital. In addition, taking proper nutrition during pregnancy is important for baby brain development.

Different Phases of Baby Brain Development:

Pregnancy Period:

During Pregnancy, child brain development begins. It’s mostly affected by mother’s nutrition-rich diet, genetics, and environmental factors.

After Birth:

Baby brain development is a lifelong process, but most of the growth and development takes place in the early phase of baby’s life.

90% of the child’s brain development happens by the age of 2 years.

Stimulating Brain Development:

To stimulate baby brain development requires certain nutrients and infant brain exercises. Nutrition accounts for essential nutrient intake during pregnancy as well as through breastfeeding. Infant brain exercises include daily interaction with your baby with the proper approach.

What is the role of nutrition in baby brain development?

Right nutrition during pregnancy promotes healthy growth of the baby. One of the nutrients like DHA plays a vital role in developing brain cells and brain connections. DHA is easily prone to oxidation. To overcome this, proper intake of Natural Vitamin E is needed. DHA helps to develop proper cognition.

Natural Vitamin E accumulates in parts of the baby brain and accounts for visual memory and language development. Baby is fully dependent on mother to meet these nutritional requirements. Hence, proper nutrition means feeding IQ to the baby!

Other ways of feeding IQ to your baby is attained through breastfeeding and infant brain exercises.How to stimulate baby brain development

What’s the role of brain exercise as an important part of child brain development?

The social and cognitive skills during the first 2 years from birth account for baby brain development. It helps determine a child’s IQ at a later stage.

Brain exercises for 0-6 months:

Vision: Play peek-a-boo with your baby. It’s fun at 5th month and will teach the baby the concept of object performance.

Hearing: Introduce various voices, sounds to your baby.

Tactile: Introduce different textures to your baby. It stimulates brain development.

Language: Make the child understand the cues and words by using back and forth interaction words.

Cognition: Help your child to track the movement of toys.

Brain exercises for 6-12 months:

Vision: Let your child relate to animals, fruits, flowers in real and through pictures.

Hearing: Introduce some poems to your child.

Tactile: Introduce crayon colors to the child.

Language: Teach words by associating them with action.

Cognition: Play games that involve brain exercise like hide and seek, etc.

Brain exercises for 12 to 18 months:

Motor: Introduce activities like throwing balls, etc. to build gross motor skills.

Language: Encourage child by giving them a task associated with colors or words to find out. Give a small task to a child to complete.

Cognition: Introduce puzzle games like rearrange words, numbers etc.

How to Track Brain development milestones for infants:

The cognition milestones in infants can be checked in two modes – receptive mode and expressive mode.

Receptive mode:

By checking how much your baby follows commands given by you.

Expressive mode:

By checking how comfortable your baby is in saying a meaningful word.

On a closing note, baby brain development can be successfully attained by right nutrition and infant brain exercises.


Disclosure: The views shared are solely Author personal experience.

DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.


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28 Replies to “How to stimulate baby brain development #FeedIQ”

  1. That’s such a helpful post for new moms. Knowing the milestones and activities appropriate for the age can really help in keeping track of the baby’s growth.

  2. A very informative post that is so relevant to expecting and new mothers. Brain cognition and development are greatly influenced by the proper nutrition of the mother besides the all important brain exercises.

  3. This is an informative post, Bushra. The activities we can play with babies and children are super easy and can be done anytime of the day. I did nearly all of them with my first child, hope to remember doing them with the second one too. 🙂

  4. You have mentioned a complete list of brain exercises. At every stage, a child needs these to boost brain development and good nutrition makes sure they grow well.

  5. This is such an informative post. I love the way you have talked about the infant brain exercises. It’s something that we tend to miss because we think a baby won’t know anything!
    I did this and more with my twins!

  6. Stimulating baby brain development as early start is a wonderful thing. Good nutrition & Feed IQ is a great concept.

  7. The more we encourage the child, more he will learn. And, infant brain excercises is the right way to do it.

  8. A very educational and helpful article which will help many parents.

  9. I love what you talk about brain development. I guess we have done it all, just were a tad unfamiliar with the term #feediq 🙂

  10. This age wise breakup of brain stimulation exercises is really helpful.

  11. Awesome post Dr. Bushra, for new moms to understand how nutrition and brain exercises play an important role in stimulating brain development in babies.

  12. These brain exercises are a great way for developing the young minds. Stimulations right from pregnancy helps.

  13. Thanks for sharing clear milestones and activities.

  14. Aritra Chakrabarty says: Reply

    This is a great post, i will keep in mind when I plan my baby 🙂

  15. Those are wonderful tips to engage infants and toddlers in age appropriate activities.

  16. book_gobbler says: Reply

    My baby is 1.5 years now and I have been practicing the said even before reading up, I acted on my instinct and hit a bulls eye. I really appreciate this blog because every parent has this thought going as to how to help the child develop best iq. Also I would like to know about the vocab building of the baby. If possible in another post by you. Earnest request from a mother. Thank you.

  17. This is such a critical message. Many times it is missed. Thanks for sharing the awareness.

  18. Knowing the way how kids develop is really important. Extremely informative and helpful Dr.Bushra.

  19. A wonderful post. Something to share with all pregnant women and especially new moms.

  20. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan says: Reply

    Using blocks. To develop. Motor skills. Colours and language skills through reading books showing pictures for word association are just what are needed for IQ development. Well written Dr Bushra

  21. This is a very informative post. When a woman expects a child she also undergoes so many changes in her body. This post has all the necessary details.

  22. This is such a helpful post, we all need to know various activities which helps in the brain development of a child.

  23. Brilliant read. Very useful. Being in a happy state if mind is also an important nourishment for the baby as well

  24. Papri Ganguly says: Reply

    Very informative post. It is fully relevant and helpful for new mothers so that they can stimulate the development of their baby’s brain in right way.

  25. This was definitely very insightful post for new moms and moms to be .

  26. Deborah Miranda says: Reply

    A great guide for new moms to follow.. so essential to consider these details for kids better development

  27. This is great list of points mentioned that one can follow to make sure that the children have good brain development. Among all the points, healthy nutrition sure does play a major role.

  28. Thank you Nancy! We will do this together!

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