Infant Intelligence

How intelligence develops!

You can help develop your child's intelligence by eating healthy and stimulating the unborn child, which will help to create the connections in the brain that are the foundation of intelligence. Taking these actions will help your baby's brain development, and therefore boost intelligence and concentration, which helps with learning.

What can you do to increase intelligence?

Understand that early development doesn't mean added intelligence. If a child walks or talks late, it doesn't mean he's lacking in intelligence. Give your infant opportunities to learn through new activities and experiences. Blowing bubbles, banging on pots and pans, ringing a bell and pushing elevator buttons all are important as they teach cause and effect. Let your infant fully explore surroundings, with your supervision.

What types of intelligence develops?

Emotional: Emotional intelligence, which involves an understanding of others, predicts about 80 percent of a person's career success, reports the University of Georgia's Department of Child and Family Development (CFD). Emotions such as empathy, happiness, hopefulness, and sadness are shaped by how the infant is nurtured. With a well-developed emotional intelligence, a person tends to form good moral standards for himself. Although emotional intelligence continues to develop through adolescence, a baby's early experiences form the basis for a lifetime.

Speech: Babies are born with the ability to learn any language. The more spoken communication a baby is exposed to, the quicker and more thoroughly the baby will learn that language. Babies and children also quickly pick up grammar and sentence construction in a way that adults learning a new language can't.

Math & Logic: Problem-solving skills are directly related to sight, hearing, and touch. Interestingly, a baby's math skills are often developed in conjunction with his musical skills, reports the University of Georgia's CFD. By stimulating these senses, your baby can develop strong skills in spatial relations and problem solving.