Giving your baby a loving, secure environment will boost his intelligence.

Activities to Boost a Baby's Intelligence

by Kristen Moutria

Having a new baby raises all kinds of questions and concerns in parents. Although you want your child to grow up to be intelligent, strong and capable of making his own decisions, you may not know how to boost his brainpower to give him a head start in life. There are some surprisingly simple activities you can perform with him that will increase his intelligence and cognitive abilities.

1. Give Her Love

Giving your baby a loving, warm environment is the simplest activity you can do to help boost her brainpower. Kate Sidley reports on "Your Parenting" that a loving environment will give your child the security she needs to explore, both intellectually and physically. Authors and parenting experts Sandy Jones and Marcie Jones report on "Barnes and Noble Kids' Expert Circle" that the most important thing you can do to build your baby's brain is to keep her physically close to you. When your baby feels safe and loved, she can direct her attention to learning and exploring, instead of using her energy feeling scared and unsafe.

2. Use Your Words

Speaking to your baby all day is one way to give him an intelligence boost. Dr. Lise Eliot, author of "What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life," reports on "Parents" that the more you talk to your baby, the richer a vocabulary he will develop. Keep your topics of discussion simple, such as mentioning his toy or his blanket, and respond to him if he tries to communicate with you.

3. Give Her Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for cognitive development, especially in the first two years of life. Tammy Wolhuter, a registered dietician from Anne Till & Associates, reports on "Your Parenting" that eating fish (at least two portions of 120 grams per week) will transfer those fatty acids to your baby through your breast milk. If you formula feed, choose a formula that is fortified with these omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Use Sign Language

Try using sign language to communicate with your baby before he learns to speak. Linda Acredolo, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, states on "Your Parenting" that sign language has a positive effect on the development of language and IQ. Learning at least 20 signs will likely cause your baby to not only talk earlier, but to have greater cognitive abilities as well.

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