8 Tips for Rearing an Intelligent Toddler

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Who doesn’t want a super-intelligent child?

None of us, right? As the famous saying goes, as you sow, so shall you reap; if you want a smart child, you have to nurture that smartness and intelligence from the very beginning.

Your baby is called a toddler when he/ she has just started walking. Toddling is the stage between infancy and childhood. Infancy is the period of babyhood.

As a toddler, your child gradually learns to be independent and is enthusiastic to learn. It is high on willpower and all set to explore. Research says 80% of brain growth happens by the age of two.

Here are 8 tips to help you rear an intelligent toddler

  1. Spend more time with your babies

It helps their emotional development, and kids learn a lot from affectionate caregivers than from lifeless things.

  1. Talk to your baby

Keep talking to your baby and narrating everything that you do, this helps in the learning process.

  1. Buy age-appropriate toys

Play with your baby; they learn more when you play with them.

  1. Offer a diverse environment

This helps them learn adaptation and accommodation.

  1. Identify the talent and nurture

If your baby shows an inclination towards a specific talent, encourage that by providing the right environment.

  1. Provide good nutrition

Give nutritious foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, milk, and sprouts to promote brain growth.

  1. Nurse your baby with your breast milk at least for two years

It ensures higher intelligence.

  1. Provide enough vitamin D and Iron

Research says vitamin D gives your child strong bone and better brain. Sunlight is the natural source of vitamin D; encourage outdoor games.

Latest evidence says lack of Iron leads to an impaired learning. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach are great sources of Iron.

Avoid the screen time

The American Academy of Paediatrics says there should be absolutely no screen time till your baby is two years old;

however, if your baby is more than 18 months old, you can engage your baby with a video chat with your family members for some time but in your presence. Just like you are what you eat, experts say, screen time is like a mental junk food for your baby.

It takes a minimum of 18 months for your baby to see the images on screen the same way as you do! Their learning is better offscreen.

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18790724

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2939272/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21664981

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/american-academy-of-pediatrics-announces-new-recommendations-for-childrens-media-use.aspx

https://www.nature.com/news/how-to-raise-a-genius-lessons-from-a-45-year-study-of-super-smart-children-1.20537

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Why-to-Avoid-TV-Before-Age-2.aspx

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