Are you worried about your baby’s IQ development? There are so many tricks by which you can improve your baby’s intelligence during his first years that will help him in reasoning, planning and execute things in smarter ways.
First, you need to understand how the brain and intelligence are connected. At birth when a baby is born, his brain contains about 100 billion neurons. During his first years, these neurons make trillions of connections called, neural synapses. These synapses are the wiring networks in the brain. Now, what we as a parent need to understand is, that these wiring networks are built based on “use it, or lose it” concept. If the neurons in the brain are not stimulated enough, these networks will be lost and if the brain neurons cells are stimulated in a good way in the early school years, then strong synapses develop in the brain that helps in developing his IQ from early childhood.
The loving and caring nature of parents with language enriched experiences give the child brain neuronal connections and pathways more opportunities to connect and wired together.
Some of the tips to enhance your baby’s IQ from infancy are given below.
1- Care in pregnancy
Your child’s brain is formed basically in pregnancy. Stay healthy while you are pregnant and avoid any kind of drug abuse or cigarette smoking. Be aware that certain drugs are destructive for fetal brain and children who are drug abused in the womb struggle a lot with learning and have aggressive behaviors. Also, studies have shown that children born to smoker mothers have lower fourth-grade reading scores.
2- Babytalk from infancy
Communication is a key skill in enhancing the intelligence of a child. Talk to your baby from early infancy days. This way his brain is stimulated from the beginning and develops good brain connections. Sing the rhymes or poems to your child and give them good expressions with vocalization so that they can absorb well what you are saying and start understanding your expressions early. This helps in developing a good bond between parents and baby, and also improves the self-esteem and confidence of your children.
3- Cuddle time
Loving and cuddling with your child gives him a feeling of security and protection. A child’s brain learns well when it feels safe in the surroundings. Give your baby a good massage, make the skin to skin contact, tickle him, allow him to climb on you, cuddle with him, put him on your lap. The safe environment at home will help your baby learn things at an early age.
4- Read together
Books are an excellent tool to stimulate a child’s brain to develop imaginations and thinking capabilities. Try to make it a habit to read to your child every day from infancy. Choose bright colored books with large and simple images and textures that will hold your baby’s interest in the book for long. In the beginning, your baby may like to read the same book daily but then slowly he would like to explore more options. Reading to your child early will help him recognize pictures and learn letters and numbers at an early age.
5- Be attentive
Make sure to listen and respond to your baby cry promptly and follow where he points and directs you. Take your child in your arms when he cries. Soothe, nurture, cuddle and reassure him that you are there for him so that he thinks that you can be depended on. Doing this will stimulate the area of the brain involved with emotions and will signal emotional security to the brain.
6- Play with your baby
Set aside some time to play with your baby. Come down at his level and indulge in activities of your child’s interest that pleases him. During his playtime, restrict yourself from using any technology. Spend some time with your child daily. Introduce new play ideas to him slowly that will encourage him to think beyond what he is already aware of and will enhance his learning.
7- Reduce screen time
Too much screen time is not only damaging to the eyes but also leads to the sedentary lifestyle and reduced thinking capabilities of the child. Don’t let your child indulge in mobile phones or tablets and help them focus on hands-on activities instead that can enhance their thinking and imagination process.
8- Help your baby interact with other children
Take your baby to the park or arrange play dates with other children of his age so that he may learn how to interact with others in a good way. Social interaction provides new experiences to the child. He learns valuable lessons and also becomes better equipped to handle unpleasant situations in an intelligent way when he grows up. Supervising your child while interacting with other children will help you guide them to make the right choices and to make good friends.
9- Use the right tone
Use a baby-friendly higher pitched tone to interact with your baby. The higher tone is easier for the baby to imitate and his brain is better able to distinguish the vowel sounds and learn the language. Try to stay calm and cool with your baby and don’t scold them more often. Speak to them in a soft and well-behaved manner so that they learn things in a better and intelligent way.
10- Make eye contact
A child’s brain can recognize his parent’s faces within a week. Try to make good eye contact with your infant and gaze into his eyes, this will help him recognize and read your facial expressions early. Every time he stares at you, he builds his memory and learns to read facial expressions.
As we are living in a highly competitive world, there is a constant need to keep ourselves updated about the happenings in our surroundings. Raising your baby smartly is not difficult these days as we have enough information about everything through technology. Using these smart tricks and keeping yourself updated with the world and raising your child accordingly will help him handle life challenges intelligently.