During the first three years of life, your baby's brain grows faster than at any other time.
- The cells in the brain (called neurons) and the connections between cells (called synapses) are forming rapidly.
- How the brain develops during these early years will affect a child's ability to learn later in life.
Talking, reading and singing to your baby are important for brain growth and future success.
- Hearing lots of words – including lots of unique words – early in life encourages your baby's neurons and synapses to grow.
- Babies and toddlers who are exposed to lots of words develop larger vocabularies and do better in school than children who hear fewer words.
Learn more about brain development.