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Child Development

The first few years of your child’s life lay the foundation for all of his future development. As parents and care providers, you are your child’s first and most important teachers.

Your child’s brain is growing quickly and making new connections that are necessary for further growth and lifelong development.

Loving interactions between you, your child and other people provide stimulation and nourishment for the billions of brain cells to flourish during this sensitive stage of life. Without this stimulation and attachment, brain cells will wither and become less responsive.

Everyday activities, such as feeding, diaper changing, bath time and going for a walk are great opportunities to incorporate talking, singing, playing, rhyming and peek-a boo games.

Tummy time in an important activity right from birth for development and to prevent your baby from getting a flat head. You may have questions such as: How do I read and play with my baby? What are the best kind of toys to stimulate speech and language and growth and development? Call and speak to a Public Health Nurse at 705-743-1000 or check out our local speech and language website.

If your baby was born before 37 weeks of pregnancy or is at risk of a delay you may also be interested contacting an Infant Development Worker in our Infant and Toddler Development Program.

Infant & Toddler Development

Babies grow and change quickly in the first two years. There is a lot that they have to learn about the world they live in.

Babies do best when their parents and caregivers:

  • respond to their needs with loving attention;
  • provide safe spaces to move, explore and play, both indoors and outdoors;
  • provide different and new experiences;
  • create an environment that is rich in language;
  • read, sing, dance and play with them!