As parents, we all want our children to be as smart as possible. Smarter people have an easier time in life. They work easier, less physical jobs and often get paid more. The first years of life are the best time for a person to learn, so we need to stimulate our children as much as possible. Here are some simple ways you can help make your baby smarter.
1. Make lots of eye contact. Babies recognize faces early. Each time they meet your gaze, they learn a little more about other people and how to communicate.
2. Enjoy mirror time. Let your baby reflect into a mirror every so often. This will help him learn a little bit about himself.
3. Make exaggerated facial movements. Babies as young as a month old can imitate facial patterns. This is how they start to learn to solve problems.
4. Play peekaboo. This game teaches object permanence.
5. Change scenery. Every so often, move play time to a different room or slide the high chair to the other side of the table. This creates a fresh new stimulating environment.
6. Take your baby with you. It can be tempting to leave your baby at home with someone else when you need to run errands or go shopping. However, your baby needs to experience the world and see as much as possible.
7. Talk a lot. The best way to teach communication is to communicate as much as you can. Speak to your baby in your normal voice using normal words. Leave pauses where baby would speak so she begins to understand the rhythm of a conversation.
8. Narrate the world. While talking to your baby, narrate what’s going on or what you’re about to do. “I’m taking a left here to go to the bank.” That will teach cause and effect.
9. Build an obstacle course. Use pillows, cushions, boxes and toys to boost those fine and gross motor skills.
10. Nix the TV. The TV has its place, but it has a way of blocking one-on-one interaction.
11. Dress up. Use costumes and other family members’ clothes to play dress up games.
12. Count everything. From tissues and blocks to steps and stairs, have your kids’ count wherever they go. Math is super important.
13. Designate letter days. Like they do on Sesame Street, assign a letter to each day. Eat foods, play games, and sing songs that start with that letter.
14. Expand story time. Instead of reading the same stories, ask your kids to improvise for the characters or make up their own tales entirely. This will help them learn creativity.
15. Let him/her decide. Whenever possible, let your child make a decision, such as which color bowl to use or which outfit to wear. She/he will learn that decisions matter.
16. Include them in the chores. Without being a slave driver, have your kids help with the routine household chores, like sorting laundry, dusting shelves or picking up toys. This will help them understand responsibility to solving problems.
Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz
Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.
Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.
One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!
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