Babies and toddlers can enjoy an activity over and over again, as any parent can attest! With this repetition, new connections are made in the brain, helping it to grow. Baby also experiences the satisfaction of intentionally causing an effect in her world. In one study on this subject, an 11-month old happily rolled a ball to a willing adult playmate (a.k.a. researcher) 180 times before losing interest! Anyone identify with this experience?
So when your toddler asks you to read the same book for the 78th time, or your baby continues to laugh delightedly when you spin him around over and over again, their brain is growing stronger. Remember the benefit of repetition for brain development, remember the benefit of repetition for brain development, remember the benefit of repetition for brain development, and again, and again!