How to Stimulate Your Baby's Intelligence and Memory
To stimulate your baby’s intelligence and memory, you just need to be a loving mother and involved in the growth of your child. Would you like to know how to do it? Check out these tips and take notes!
Your baby’s intelligence
Children have a “moldable” intelligence, capable of changing form. During development, children have different types of intelligence until they reach adulthood.
The period from birth to 2 years of age is marked by great mental development. This is when children learn to walk, speak and think about objects that aren’t present.
An intelligent person learns from the experiences of others.
The Piaget theory
Piaget’s theory states that children pass through specific stages according to their intellect and ability to perceive mature relationships. These stages of child development occur in a fixed order in all children, all around the world.
When babies or children interact with others at an early age, they do not know how to empathize as an adult would, nor do they know how to have “self-centered thinking.”
During childhood, there is a natural cognitive development in which we “learn to think.” In other words, children learn to interact with the world they live in.
According to Piaget, the stage that occurs from the newborn period to age 2 is known as the “sensorimotor stage.” The child’s development is characterized by his understanding of the world, coordinating sensory experiences with physical action: during this period, innate reflexes become more advanced.
What can we do to favor the development of intelligence during the sensorimotor period?
- Change circular reactions. When a baby produces the same behavior that has occurred by chance, we face a circular reaction. We as parents must introduce changes in the circular reaction so that the baby will see that changes occur and will learn to explore.
- Explore different objects and toys. This is so the baby learns about things beyond himself.
- Play hide-and-seek with objects. Show him a toy and hide it, then show him how you find the hidden object. Repeat the scenario, but now let him be the one who finds it.
Do you know the Tomatis method?
The Tomatis method is based on reeducating the ear to enhance learning and overall development.
It is a musical therapy based on listening to:
- Certain high frequencies
- Compositions by Mozart
- Gregorian chants
- The mother’s voice as heard from the uterus
By developing the ear’s perception, learning and communication skills are stimulated, which in turn improve motor skills and balance.
The benefits of this method include:
- Improved attitude
- Greater resistance to fatigue
- Improved memory capacity
- Increased concentration
- Improved creativity
- A sense of calm
3 ways to stimulate your baby’s memory
1. Bond with the baby
The brain is programmed to look for safety, and if it does not feel it is in a safe environment, it cannot learn. That is why it is so important to make your baby feel safe. To achieve this, this is what you can do:
- Establish skin-to-skin contact from birth
- Spend as much time as possible with the baby, without multitasking
- Talk to him constantly
- Always carry your child in your arms
2. Memory evocation
At 10 months, a baby can already find an object hidden seconds before. Memory evocation consists of being able to remember things that are totally absent.
In this stage, the baby’s symbolization capacity is already being developed, which is characteristic of human beings and makes our intellectual and cultural development possible.
After one year, when the child can find things that he has not seen for a long time and when language appears, it is possible for the child to find things out of sight after you name them.
3. Sing songs
We must sing many songs to our children over and over again. By repeating the melody, children internalize it, and this helps them to relax and calm down.
When they are a little older, you can take advantage of this technique to invent stanzas with the content you want your little one to memorize.
You can start with simple topics, such as remembering his home address or phone number, which children can use in case of an emergency.
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