CHILDREN AND THE CITY
If we can make the cities more habitable for young children and their families, then we can make them habitable for everyone. We can design and build public areas, parks, urban transportation, sidewalks and similar infrastructure with babies and their families in mind. We can diversify the services by adding to the existing services simple but comprehensive interventions that improve the mental health of caregivers as well as the cognitive and socio-emotional development of the babies. It is only then that we can build cities that help babies not only live but also realize their full potential.
Above are the brain scans of two different babies who are still developing. To the left is the brain scan of a baby whose basic needs including shelter, nutrition, etc. are met and who survives and to the right is the brain scan of a baby whose basic needs are met and who is stimulated by the caregivers through contact. As can be understood from the figure, contacting, talking with, singing to or telling stories to babies is just as important as the basic needs of babies such as food and shelter and will support their development.