Your baby's brain explained | From language to the remarkable way 'the brain reorganises itself'

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"Crying is their language at the start! Babies learn very early to use utterances and crying to respond to human voices or to gain attention". (Getty Images)
"Crying is their language at the start! Babies learn very early to use utterances and crying to respond to human voices or to gain attention". (Getty Images)

From the moment your baby is born, they're already fully equipped with a lifetime supply of ingredients - "all the neurons, or brain cells, that they will ever have" - for developing a healthy brain, explains University of Witwatersrand experts, Dr Sahba Besharati and Candice Ramsammy. 

But, while the ingredients come pre-packaged, Besharati and Ramsammy say, how well a brain develops and grows depends on what unfolds from conception up until a baby's second birthday.  

"The connectivity between these neurons is what enables the sophisticated functioning of our brains. The first 1 000 days of life - the period from conception to two-years - are characterised by the rapid development of these connections between neurons."

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