Most parents dream about having a smart baby. It is natural to want the best in life for your baby, and intelligence plays a big part. However, what is intelligence? Some experts say that intelligence is about a child’s ability to adapt to different changes, but some others says it’s about their ability to absorb information.
A baby’s brain develops the most rapidly during the first five years of life. This is the time when the child’s ability and ways of learning are established. It is critical for parents to help their child learn because they are their baby’s first teacher. Every child will have its own unique way of thinking and seeing the world. However, there are things a parent can do to develop their baby’s intelligence.
Understand that you already have a smart baby
It’s a proven fact that babies are smarter than adults. A lot of new studies have demonstrated that babies have the unique capacity to absorb and process information. It is theorised that they can even understand the needs of others at a very early age.
Unfortunately many parents fail to understand that their baby is a fully sentient and intelligent being. It was thought that babies can’t do or think much, but this school of thought is now gradually debunked.
The best thing a mother can do is to observe and interact with her baby as often as she can. She has the most special connection to the baby and will influence her child’s cognitive and emotional development the most.
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A smart baby means emotional intelligence
Studies show that emotional intelligence plays the biggest role in career development. But emotional intelligence develops during childhood, especially early childhood. A baby will learn through emotions about the world around them. They are like a sponge that absorbs every bit of information, positive or negative.
Part of emotional intelligence is about understanding other’s needs and wants. Babies learn this from their parents and caregivers. Being aware of your baby’s emotional and physical cues is extremely important at this young age. Dr. Nils Bergman talks about the importance of skin to skin contact after birth and in the first few months of life. This helps their emotional and social intelligence develop. Skin contact helps to build the child’s trust in his parents and trust needs to be established before the infant feels safe to explore and interact with his environment.
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Simple tips for a smart baby
- Avoid too much baby talk, especially as the child starts to make sounds and speak. Babies can actually understand grammar before they understand words. They can grasp a lot of information from your intonation and use of sentences.
- Have your child learn another language from an early age. A study showed that babies are even able to differentiate between two different languages even at only seven months of age. So exposing the child constantly to another language can help cognitive development.
- Read to your baby from an early age. You can also have meaningful conversations, even though he does not know to reply. They are very perceptive of what the parents transmit, so the more communication there is, the more beneficial for them.
- Observe the learning rhythm of your child when it comes to learning. Don’t force too many things on them, especially if they show signs of tiredness. Their well-being comes before anything else.
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