Infant Intellectual Development:
4 Easy Steps for Great Results

infant intellectual development

This is true about infant intellectual development. Many parents argue that a child is born with all the intelligence he is ever going to get. However, research confirmed that parents can do many things to further develop their child’s potential. 

Intellect involves skills like reasoning, analyzing, memorizing and even intuition. These are things a child is born with… but not to maximum potential though.  To reach that high level, parents must intentionally explore and use every opportunity to stimulate their infant’s intellect. Here is a useful reference to stimulate infant intellectual development.

When does it start?

Infant intellectual development begins when your baby is in the womb. And it develops through various inputs to the brain. These inputs come in the form of hearing, seeing and along with taste, touch and smell your baby learns the skills needed for a sharp intellect that lasts a lifetime.

Most inputs to your child’s brain happen automatically as part of merely growing up.

But despite the automatic stimulation your baby gets, there are a few extra things you can do to ensure further intellectual stimulation:

1.       Talk to your baby: Language and intellect go hand in hand.  Speak clearly to your child, even when you’re just alone at home to enhance what your child knows and recognizes as belonging to things and items around the home.  Television does not do the same thing as live speech. It is much better to shut the TV off and begin talking with your child. Avoid baby talk as it will give the baby the wrong idea of how speech is done.

2.       Read to your baby: Use simple books at first that just have pictures and words. Point to the picture and say the word so that baby understands the meaning of the picture. Soon your baby will want to imitate the words for you and, as a result, quickly understand a wide range of words. 

3.       Listen to music: There are a lot of good educational music tapes and CD's out there for baby to listen to.  Through these babies improve hearing skills which encourage many more subtle aspects of intellectual development. As a general rule, music should be lively, inviting and easy to sing along to.    

4.       Use educational toys: There are many toys that boost intellect. Some of them include counting games and games of small motor or memory skills that build the capacity of your child to learn and grow. Playing educational games is another fun way of improving infant intellectual development, but it should be increased in complexity as your child grows up. 

However you choose to stimulate your infant’s intellectual development, it’s very important to remember that...

You get best results in the first 6 years of development

In my opinion, one of the easiest and probably least time consuming ways is to start using the right educational toys without delay. Here is more information about the best age-specific educational toys for your baby.