A baby’s brain develops from birth all the way through to early adulthood and needs a strong foundation for healthy development.
The brain is made up of many areas that control every little thing we do in our daily life, from talking and hearing to solving problems, thinking, and feeling emotions. Each area of the brain has millions of brain cells called neurons. They pass chemical messages in communication with each other. Communication happens through tiny spaces that are called synapses.
As these messages are repeated time and again more links are made which enable the neural pathways. In the first year of a baby’s life, these neural pathways and connections grow at a rapid pace. This can also be seen as a reason why 10 month sleep regression is happening so frequently.
As the baby’s mind develops, it can cause activity and emotions that keep the baby from sleeping and wanting comfort.
Parents can help their babies develop their brains faster in many different ways.
The neuron pathways are not fully connected at birth, which is why their brains are extremely active and changing in response to everything that they see and experience around them. The day-to-day experiences that they see and feel help them to develop their full brain functionality faster.
How well these neuron pathways are growing depends on how much your baby is noticing and learning. Reading, singing, and exercising with your baby is vital for the brain to fully develop which in turn helps with future problem solving and thinking.
While providing your baby with these abilities to learn and develop, the neuron pathways will also help them to sleep better at night. 10-month-old sleeping regressions are mostly due to these pathways not being fully set up yet and could get better by speeding up the process by reading and exercising with the baby.