When does a baby start to learn?

New moms and dads often think of learning as something that starts when a child goes to school, but learning starts a few weeks after conception when baby responds to touch, a few weeks later to smells and tastes and a few months later to sound. Baby’s eyes mostly develop after birth and that is why shining a torch on your tummy is not a good idea.

What is remarkable, is that your baby’s ability to read, write and reason six and a half years later when he enters Grade 1 is substantially developed before he is only 14 months old!

Read more in this insightful article from dr Melodie de Jager: When does a baby start to learn (pdf – 331 KB).

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