The latest research into infant brain development has come up with some startling new evidence about how we learn. A mother's touch, for instance, releases hormones in the infant's brain that help it grow. Singing to your baby, however badly, triggers the baby's brain to start building vital mental language circuits. The infant brain is twice as active as its busy mother's and already two-thirds the size. It includes practical tips that all parents can use, and is also an important book for all child-care workers and teachers.
Dr Robin Fancourt is a paediatrician with a special interest in young children, and those abused, neglected and disadvantaged.