How to improve your baby’s IQ

Often it is said that children grow at their own pace. You know; when you are told that you shouldn’t make your baby stand up at three months as he or she will have bow legs? Or you shouldn’t wean the baby until its 6 months? Common as it is, I am a parent and do believe that parents are equally responsible for how their babies’ intelligence turns out as paediatricians.

This can be done from the age of 6 months and above while some of these methods are commonly picked from birth.

Below are some of the methods used to help improve your child’s IQ.

Breast feeding exclusively

Human milk contains 0.8% to 0.9% protein, 4.5% fat, 7.1% carbohydrates, and 0.2% ash (minerals) which are all incorporated in a balanced diet for a baby. This is highly recommended as it helps build not only the bone structure of a baby but also the immune response system.

Most working mothers are finding it hard to provide consistent breast feeding for their babies without supplementing it. With science insisting that exclusive breast feeding should be done until a baby is six months, this theory challenges the working mom to ensure that they are on their toes to make sure their baby’s don’t take less of any nutrient.

Giving at least one fruit a day

As we all know, a healthy child is a smart child. Fruits are a high source of vitamins which we cannot ignore. However, care should be taken when giving these to a baby as some fruits are known to carry a large composition of acid while others have high level of protein. Fruits like avocado are too enriched in protein that you can only give a child who is at least above 4 months old. Acidic fruits such as oranges and others of the citrus family can hold on until the baby is at least one year. These are known to give babies rashes along the lips, and also extreme diaper rashes.

Pawpaws, (help in digestion) Bananas and overripe mangoes are ideal for babies above 4 months old and can be given consecutively without worried.

Talk to your baby

Parents, especially new parents, have the tendency to use baby talk on their babies; they tend to overdo it until the baby is already past one year. Am not saying it’s bad to use baby talk, but we should understand that children aren’t just babies, they are little human beings who are able to comprehend and reciprocate sober language without mimicking the voice of a child. This will help a baby coordinate between knowing that “this is a rose flower” both verbally and on sight, that the next time you say to your child “rose” or “flower” they will point it out to you.

 Sing and Read to them

There is a power in music and poetry as well as words. This, I am sure, most parents can ascertain first hand as children who loved being read to grow into linguistics while babies who are more music inclined tend to become members of student choirs of community based vocal groups.

Engage your child in your day to day activities.

This helps them develop a sensitivity response in the brain, helping them understand their surroundings better, and coordinating between words and actions. It is recommended to go shopping with them, carry them when they are facing front so they can see their surroundings, let them help you pick items from the stalls (control them so we don’t end up creating a mess!)

Let them control their own movements.

It is good to always keep an eye on your child. You know, letting them not do this, or that; but at times babies want to be left to learn things by exploration. In this case, parents are advised to buy or device a protective baby walker that secures the baby to prevent falls, then letting them stroll through the house, (under a keen eye of course so at to avoid untimely accidents such as electricity shocks etc). This will help sharpen their movement skills, strengthen their backbone, and the best idea of all is, they will discover things at their own PACE!

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