The Secret to a Smarter Baby The Secret to a Smarter Baby
As parents, we all want happy, healthy babies. Not only that, we want them to be smart. For anyone entering parenthood today, this desire... The Secret to a Smarter Baby

1697As parents, we all want happy, healthy babies. Not only that, we want them to be smart. For anyone entering parenthood today, this desire seems to translate into a trip to the toy store and a significant blow to the baby budget.

The difference between what we’re now going to share with you, however, and all of the claims you’re guaranteed to find on every make-your-baby-brilliant product lining today’s store shelves is that we aren’t selling anything, and you don’t need to spend a penny to accomplish the noble goal of making your baby smarter.

That’s right, despite the hype and marketing, for the most part we’re not buying it. There just isn’t convincing scientific evidence out there that all of these expertly marketed, highly sophisticated forms of baby brain stimulation, with all of their bells, whistles, and on/off switches, lead to any more advanced brain development.

As you approach your own baby’s activities of daily learning, we suggest you start by remembering that the real baby Mozart never had CDs, DVDs, or iPod playlists! What, then, is the secret to a smarter baby? We’re happy to report that the answer is, above all else, the loving interactions that you (and your baby’s other caregivers) will share with your baby over the upcoming days, weeks, and months.

Perhaps the most important message we hope to get across is that you don’t need to put undue pressure on yourself when considering what to do with your baby. The types of activities we’re talking about are simple, but to help make sure we’re all on the same page, we’ve put together a quick list to get you started.

  • Time for a talk. Sound simple? That’s because it is. While some new parents feel a bit funny about talking to babies who can’t talk back, this isn’t the same as talking to yourself. Whenever you take the time to talk to your baby while changing his diaper, tell him about your plans for the day or just comment on whatever it is that comes to mind. The nuances may be lost on him for a while, but he’ll definitely be listening and learning.
  • Take a walk. Not only does taking a walk get you both some fresh air and you some exercise, but it gives you plenty more interesting things to talk about and describe to your baby. We’re both fans of front-pouch carriers or slings, as they offer you the close contact that is even more conducive for carrying on a conversation.
  • Sing, sing a song. One of the classic Sesame Street songs says it perfectly: Don’t worry if you’re not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song!
  • Your newborn will not only cut you some slack if you happen to sing off key, but will instantly become your biggest fan.
  • Imitate. Start by sticking your tongue out and you may be surprised to find that your newborn copies you. Move on to making some exaggerated facial expressions and repeating sounds your baby makes, and before long you’ll find that she’ll imitate you as well!
  • Stay in Touch. Massage is a great way to stay in touch with your baby. Anyone who has ever had one will agree that it is relaxing. But beyond just relaxation, touch is a particularly important part of how young babies experience the world, and massage can be a true bonding experience—whether you make it up as you go along or buy a book on the art of baby massage.
  • Read a book. The entire reading-with-your-baby experience is custom-designed to foster both fun and learning, from the close contact of being held, to hearing the sound of your voice, to watching the pictures andpages go by. In your baby’s first months, however, don’t worry too much about pictures, because it’s the time you share and the sound of your voice that your baby will care about most. In fact, we suggest you take this opportunity to read aloud whatever you find to be the most interesting, since it will only be a matter of months before your baby will expect to have a say in which book(s) you read!




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  • Asia benson

    July 24, 2016 #1 Author

    I think this is so true my child is really smart at Tha age of 11 months & it’s because everyday I let him listen to thing Tha read to him, they read off his numbers, abc’s ect.

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  • Zchlante

    July 24, 2016 #2 Author

    Very interesting story! Smart tips for new mothers, how exciting

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  • Teresa Watts

    July 24, 2016 #3 Author

    I talk to my baby girl & read to her everyday. She knows to clap when i say clap. Really good advice!

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  • Stevonca

    July 27, 2016 #4 Author

    I talk and sing to my baby boy. When I sing, he makes his own sound like he’s singing along with me. I also read different books as well and he loves it. He’s going on 7 months.

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  • Lloydmadima

    July 28, 2016 #5 Author

    Wow this is really great tips and I believe I have been on track except for the last two points (massage and reading a book) but my cutie is sure smart as ever before and naughty at the same time. I just don’t know if tickling may be part of massage as I love tickling my daughter just to see her laughing as it gives me Peace, Joy and Happiness.

    Thank you Very much for the tips and now that I am aware of the effect this tips does I’ll definitely continue doing them often

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  • Halle Washington

    July 28, 2016 #6 Author

    These are really great tips. I Breastfeed my son and he jus turned two and he knows how to count and sing a long his abc’s . Not to mention he is holding full conversations with me.

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  • Raven Crockett

    July 28, 2016 #7 Author

    These are very great tips for women who are becoming mothers. I am excited about using them with my four month old daughter.

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