10 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter
The first years of your children’s lives are paramount for their development because despite the little cognitive maturity they have during this stage, the degree of stimulation that we create as parents will awaken their senses to begin recognizing their body and their capabilities.
A baby needs a lot of dedication besides changing his clothes and feeding him. Helping them to identify their environment at an early age and begin to have contact with textures, sounds, and figures will reinforce their understanding and will make them learn much more efficiently. There are several ways to stimulate a child, so we have the choice to combine them or choose those where we get the most positive reactions.
A baby needs a lot of dedication besides changing his clothes and feeding him.
1. Keep in touch
Maintaining contact means having a visual and physical connection with your baby to make him feel safe. You can caress his legs or small arms and say some soft words, which makes him feel peaceful and associate that feeling with your voice. Let him feel his face and his hands too.
2. Always talk to your baby
Narrate your day. While he listens to your voice more frequently, it gets easier for him to learn the language even if he does not understand a word at that time. Do it throughout his first stage, even when he is two or three years old. Three-year-olds who have received more voice stimuli are said to have a higher IQ than other children who do not.
3. Make your baby look himself in the mirror
It seems very simple, but if your child looks himself in the mirror at an early age, it will help him to recognize himself more quickly. When he notices that the “baby in front” raise his arm at the same time as him, he will have a lot of fun.
4. Reduce time in yards or cradles
Leaving child for many hours in a yard or in any other space that limits their movements is not very good for them, although we know that safety is first. Take time for your child to walk through the house (avoiding dangerous areas), whether it is crawling, holding on to furniture, or for slightly older children, walking or running.
5. Let your baby touch objects
Let your child feel the objects that are within reach. It may be some teddy bear, gelatin, cake, a comb or anything else safe, but the fact that it is in contact with different textures will trigger new reactions that will develop his senses.
6. Mention the name of things
If they are on the street and your baby is pointing to something that caught his attention, say the correct name. “Dog,” instead of “woof-woof,” or say the word “train” instead of imitating its sound, will give him a much better development of its language.
7. Sing and dance with your child
The musical rhythms and melodies are perfect to help with their coordination (when clapping, jumping, raising arms) and for learning the words. When you shake hands the moment the song says it, your child will relate the language to the meaning and action performed.
They can be torture if excessive, but slight tickles with a finger or mouth, will make the baby anticipate the events and prepare to receive the stimulus.
9. Build a race with obstacles
When your child already knows how to walk, he can improve his balance and coordination with obstacles throughout his room. Put cushions, cuddly toys, cardboard boxes and any soft material that is at your disposal, so he has to crouch, climb or jump without injuries.
10. Change the position of the furniture
Alternating the position of his cradle or bed, baby chair, or play table at least once will change his the routine and cause it to adapt to a new environment. It may seem insignificant, but the perception of children at that age is very different from that of adults.