It has been said that play is the universal language of childhood. A baby’s brain at birth contains about 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) which is close to the total number of brain cells it will ever house, yet a newborn’s brain is only ¼ the size of an adult’s brain. By age three, a child’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’sbrain, and by five, 90% the size of an adult’s brain. In spite of 100 billion neurons at the time of birth, brain size itself increases as connections between cells are formed. For a baby, the brain is making 700 to 1,000 new connections every second!
Through science we have learned that brain development is activity dependent. Every experience that your baby has excites his neural circuits. For example, when parents talk with their babies, they are activating hearing, social, emotional and linguistic centers of the brain all at once. Through play all the areas of a baby’s development can be strengthened. Games and toys allow your baby to practice gross and fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, object permanence, balance, spatial awareness, etc.
Lovevery knows all of this as their play products have been carefully researched and designed by child development experts. Not only are their products specially designed for each of a child’s learning stages, but they are thoughtfully crafted with eco-friendly and baby safe materials, and they come with play guides so that parents can learn how to use their products to optimize their baby’s play and learning.
The Play Gym by Lovevery is without a doubt a standout award-winning activity gym. It contains five different developmental play zones designed to encourage sensory exploration, focus and attention, visual discrimination and object permanence.
While I am still getting familiar with Lovevery’s play kits, I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with what I have experienced so far, and I am beyond delighted that The Pump Station & Nurtury is now helping to bring these exceptional products to our families.
Jill Campbell, Psy.D.
Parent & Me Curriculum Director