A newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal, with over 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning. From the day a baby is born, behaviors of moms, dads, and caregivers are crucial to ensuring that babies reach their full potential. This parent guidebook offers many suggestions for developing and nurturing maximum brain power during the essential early years. Parents will learn that babies don't need toys or DVDs or fancy mobiles nearly as much as they need simple interaction, eye contact, and conversation from the adults who care for them.