5 Secrets To Raise A Smart Baby

5 Secrets To Raise A Smart Baby

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Every parent wants their baby to be smart. Smart may be intelligent, clever, active, dynamic, studious, understanding, sociable so on and so forth. A baby who has been given a favorable physical, psychological, social and spiritual base has got every opportunity of becoming a smart baby. According to scientists, there is potential in every baby that is born in normal social and physical conditions to become smart as he develops and interacts with his environment.

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As a parent you might be looking out for several ways to make your little one smart or you want your baby to be really proactive in all activities. So here are a few amazing things you can try out to make your child really smart

Bond with the baby

During the early years, there is rapid development in the brain of young babies. Naturally, all attempts should be made to see that the head area of the baby is safe. If the brain is not safe and brain structures are not properly developed, the baby cannot learn at the required speed. It is important to establish your baby’s sense of security along with proper nutrition.

Physically being nearer to the baby having skin-to-skin contact helps build that sense of safety, as does face time, baby massage, talking to your baby, and wearing your baby.Holding your baby in your arms or embracing him tightly to give him the warmth of your body is very reassuring actions on your part that help in cementing your bond with the baby.

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It is really a challenge to manage the house hold chorus along with child rearing. These are called “emotionally charged moments.” What the mother could do is that to take the support of the partner or any other member of the family to overcome problems of sleep deprivation and social isolation.  

Emotional bonding is a great tool for raising a smart baby. Babies are hungry for this attachment that they find in their siblings, parents, and all others in the close environment. Once they are sure that they have enough mental and emotional support, they start to exhibit confident behavior in their interaction with things and people. Emotional insecurity leads to inner weakness that becomes  visible whenever the baby has to deal with strangers or when he has to spend some time without his parents or siblings around him.

Narrate your day

51kbnyPTGLLThere are different theories about rearing the child towards making the baby smart. Experts recommend talking to the baby a lot. The more the baby hears the patterns of language, the easier language learning becomes. All these tend to make the baby smart. The mother gets several thoughts in a day, although all of them are not vocalized in front of others.

Some of these thoughts could definitely be put to action towards making the baby smarter.  By age 3, kids spoken to more frequently have an IQ that’s 1.5 times higher than that of children who were not spoken to. By the time they’re in elementary school, they have much stronger reading, spelling, and writing skills.

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It is really very exciting and interesting for your small baby to find you interacting with him and talking to him even if he doesn’t understand even a single word. Your communication actually instills confidence in him and he considers himself important and accepted. Both these feelings help in quick development of his emotional abilities of the brain.

There are three criteria to determine the smarter language development of the baby:- the number of words, the variety and complexity of words, and the way you say them. By narrating your day, you’ll naturally use all sorts of words. And by using descriptors like “red car” and “extremely strong coffee,” you’ll spice up the vocabulary you’re exposing your baby to.

The tone of your voice is also important. You know the baby-friendly, sing-song voice – higher pitch, exaggerated vowels (think: ‘Helloooooo, baaaa-byyy!’) – Researchers call it “parentese,” or “motherese” and it’s an excellent way to help a baby’s brain learn language because each vowel sounds more distinct. The tone helps infants separate sounds into categories and the high pitch is easier for them to imitate.

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You can notice the difference in the attitude and the behavior of the babies who are talked to quite often by their mothers and those who spend most of their time staring at the ceiling as their moms are away working in an office. After all, it is the communication that babies have with their mothers and siblings that becomes the basis for their learning about their immediate environment.

These babies are better able to express themselves in their mother tongue than those babies who do not get ample time to communicate or interact with other human beings. Not only do babies who are talked to by their parents upon coming back from office in the evening sharper in communication with others, they are also adept at using more words of the language. This is because they tend to absorb emotional connotations of the words and phrases like extremely hard and tiring day and a hot cup of coffee.

Invest in face time

1385575290370.cachedResearch shows that infants begin recognizing their parents‘ facial expressions by 3 or 4 months of age, and they don’t stop there. By about 5 months, babies can comprehend emotions on an unfamiliar person’s face – and by 7 to 9 months old they can read dogs’ and monkeys’ faces, too.

You may not think much of making faces in the face of your baby but he learns a great deal from your face about many things he is likely to encounter in his environment.

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Most babies find a television set in the room that they sleep with their parents. They are forced to stare at the screen and look at the people and the scenes that are meaningless for them. On the other hand, investing a little time and making your little baby understand different emotions through your help goes a long way in the development of the brain of the baby.

It is not necessary to make faces when your baby is not taking any interest or is feeling sleepy. Make it easy for him by doing this in a nice and easy manner and withdraw as soon as you find that he is feeling afraid and about to cry. Search for stimulation on the face of your baby which is the reward for all the time and effort that you are investing for the speedy development of his brain.

Emotion is one of the first ways babies communicate with us, says Ross Flom, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Being able to read facial expressions is the cornerstone of strong nonverbal communication skills, setting your baby up for better teamwork, fewer fights, and stronger long-term relationships as an adult.

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A happy and smiling face is the most reassuring for a small baby as he knows that he will be rewarded by the individual showing such expressions. But he learns about many more emotions like anger, disappointment, consternation, etc when he is exposed to them by the parents and the siblings.

You will be surprised to know that you are actually helping in making your baby smarter when you make different kinds of faces in front of him. When your baby is able to pick up emotions on the basis of facial expressions, it helps him a great deal in interacting with other people when he grows up.

Limit “bucket” time

bebe-7meses-jugandoBabies tend to spend lot of time in “buckets” that is strollers, car seats, and the like – anything that restricts your baby’s movement. Many babies spend hours in their car seats each day, even when they’re not in the car. Obviously safety comes first. Experts say that the time the baby spends in the “bucket” has to be limited.

This is because babies need to be able to respond freely to the stimuli around them. To do that, they need to be able to move freely, and to look to the front, to the side, and behind them. They need to follow the signals from their eyes and ears, and to follow the signals they’re alerted to.

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This is important because this is the first phase of development of the attention system of the baby. This system forms early and decides the ability to concentrate and focus on objects. You can easily compare the brain of your baby when his movements are restricted inside a seat or a trolley to a bird that is caged. Parents do not understand the psyche of their little babies and try to confine their movements as they are more concerned with their safety and security.

You are actually restricting the ability of your child to react and respond to the stimuli in his immediate environment. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how your baby has become smart and is able to respond and react to stimuli in his immediate environment when he is free to move his hands, legs, head, and shoulders.

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Pointing your finger

You may never have thought how an innocuous gesture like pointing your ginger can be so helpful in development of cognition in your small baby. Research shows that children learn language faster if you point to an object while saying the word. Your baby will look at you when you point.

As he gets a bit older, he looks at your pointed finger, too. By 9 months, most babies start to follow your pointing finger and notice what you’re pointing to. Your action of pointing your fingers to draw the attention of your baby towards a thing or a person is well understood by him. You know this when he himself points towards a toy or a person to tell you something that is important for him.

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Babies start bringing objects to show you, which is called “joint attention.” To improve this kind of interaction the parents can continue to point things out and talk about them. Your baby may not understand the words you’re saying, but your communication with him will gradually become more complex. When you visit the zoo, for example, where you can both give your attention to an animal like a giraffe, “Point at it, talk about it, describe it,” It promotes social, cognitive, and language development.

So now you know how to be smart parents and make your child really a smart one. You can utilize these instances and whenever you get an opportunity try to follow these things. No matter what, you child is unique and smart in his own way so do not push even too much which may cause burden to the little one. Go easy with your kids and just allow them to explore and enjoy the outer world which is far better always.