Easy parenting tips for new parents

Child development and growth

Learning to understand how your baby behaves and acquire knowledge is very important if you want to enhance his or her skills and potentials. You should know what to do in order to maximize the learning capability of your baby in order for him or her to grow into a well-developed (emotionally, physically, and intellectually) and responsible person someday. Here are some helpful tips to enhance your baby’s potentials:

Provide adequate creative stimulation during infancy

Let him listen to lively music while he plays, and soothing classical music to lull him to sleep. Sing and talk and talk to your baby. Early childhood experts say these methods can change the structure of the child’s brain, improving the ability to learn math, reading and other skills later in life. Also, provide soft toys to squeeze, or colorful blocks to push or throw around. Studies show that small muscle exercise helps stimulate brain growth.

Increase physical contact with your child

Two hours a day of extra carrying in the first three months of life produced a 43 percent decrease in crying and fussing, increased awake contentment and eliminated incessant crying. A baby carrier is a handy tool to keep you hands-free to continue going about your usual household chores without sacrificing time with your baby. Increased physical contact helps develop baby’s feelings of security and well-being, and keeps you attuned to his changing moods and needs.

Stop the baby talk

Parents of gifted children say they converse with their children like they do with adults. Point to objects that signify the words you use. For example, bring his hand to yourself and say “Mommy.” Gently point to his chest when you mention his name. While going about giving him a bath, explain what you are doing in clear, coherent sentences.

When a child cries, listen well

Is it a whimper? It may mean he just needs a diaper change. A sudden cry or deafening wail may be a sign of discomfort. Is he cold, or feeling sweat and warm? A small, tired cry may mean a temporary irritation. If crying persists, try talking or singing in a quiet, soothing voice. If that fails, check for possible sickness or injury. Heeding your child’s cries will provide him the confidence to face life’s challenges later on.

Avoid physical punishment

As he grows up, disciplining a naughty toddler is a must. But a recent survey shows that the less the physical punishment given to the child, the more cognitive stimulation is provided since verbal punishment is used instead. This may account for the decreased cognitive ability in the spanked children. So sparing the rod may not mean spoiling the child if you don’t spare the gentle but firm reminders.

These are just some of the most effective techniques to enhance your baby’s potentials. You can start applying these tips now to fully maximize the learning capabilities of your baby. We wouldn’t know, but your baby might be one of the gifted children someday.