|There are many
different factors that influence the intelligence of your baby. Of course there
are genetics which are predetermined, however, simple things like giving him/her
interesting things to look at, having your baby choose what to eat, interacting
with family and friends, and teaching simple sign language can also have an
The tiny little mind of a baby keeps developing at lightning speed when it
leaves the womb. Visual stimulation is very important to help aid in this
process at such a young age. Bright vivid patterns are the best option,
especially those with reds, whites, and blacks since these color are said to be
recognized first by babies. The colors stimulate the brain and encourage
discrimination between colors.
When your baby gets old enough to point and motion to things it is important
to use that to your advantage. Babies' knowledge is based a lot upon environment
so it's important that when your baby points at something to repeat the name of
this item or object a few times. Along with repeating the name, maintaining eye
contact is critical also as this will make a greater impact of what you are
There are everyday things that you can incorporate pointing into to make it a
learning or stimulating experience for your baby. One idea is when it's time to
eat, have your baby point to which food he/she would like to eat. This involves
your baby in the process and also will help you to determine which foods he/she
favors. Feeding time will therefore be a more pleasureable time for you AND the
Communication, other than crying, is one of the things a baby lacks. It has
been said that teaching sign language to your baby can increase intelligence and
also speed up the process of speaking verbally. Signing the everyday simple
things to your child will help him/her catch on to identifying objects. You can
incorporate sign with just about anything including colors, food, and ABC's.
When teaching a sign to your baby, always make sure to pair it with a verbal
word and again maintain eye contact. Also repetition will speed up the rate at
which your baby learns the sign. When a baby first learns or uses a sign and
uses it with you correctly it is extremely important to reinforce this behavior
through hugs, kisses, a favorite food, or anything that you know is pleasurable
for him/her. This will motivate your baby to perform the action again.
It is also important for your baby to be comfortable in social environments.
The more social interaction the baby has at a young age may affect how the baby
feels about being apart from you as the parent. Letting other family members or
friends hold your baby will help to discourage or dull down the separation
anxiety that sometimes occurs with babies.
Playing or being around other babies or small children will also encourage a
more outgoing and confident baby. Providing more social interaction with your
baby will give him/her a head start for a more healthy self esteem. It will also
help when you decide you are ready for a night out and leave your baby with a
Even though babies are small and lack everyday communication like you or I
they are still little brains at work. Every teaching opportunity is important to
take advantage of in order to give your baby a healthy head start in the world.
The more stimulating the environment is, the better! The most important thing
though is to have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your bundle of joy. Time
goes by fast!
An wonderful baby gift idea is an educational
gift basket containing baby products and toys by Baby Einstein Gifts. These
gift baskets are filled with books, toys, dvd's and more to stimulate littel
minds at an early age.