How to Make a Baby Smarter in the Womb
December 12, 2008 by SmarterBaby
We all want our babies to be smart. While it’s true that brain development is largely genetic, there are things you can do, even before your baby is born, to improve your baby’s environment and enhance his intelligence and language skills.
Things You’ll Need:
Material to read
Prenatal stimulation program
Step 1: Play classical music. By week 20 of your pregnancy, your baby’s ears are completely formed; his ears can pick up sound vibrations by 24 weeks. He can hear noises by 30 weeks and is capable of telling the difference between sounds by week 34. The Mozart effect is a theory that claims listening to classical music within the womb boosts IQ, improves health and strengthens family attachments.
Step 2: Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. This essential fatty acid provides the body with healthy fats that lower the blood levels of harmful fats like cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for the development of the brain and retinal membranes of the fetus. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-weather fish, such as cod, salmon and herring.
Step 3: Participate in a prenatal stimulation program. Most programs use different patterns of sound and noise stimulation to enhance the baby’s environment. Having researched the topic for decades, Rene Van de Carr, Brent Logan and Thomas Verny all market their own methods of prenatal education and stimulation. Compare these and other methods before choosing a program that is right for you and your baby.
Step 4: Talk to your baby in the womb. Expose your baby to language through singing, talking and reading. We know that early exposure to language—words, sounds, reading and conversation—improves language skills and scores. While most people begin reading and singing rituals once their baby is born, doing so during pregnancy may enhance language skills.
Reading children’s stories and books is fun and provides wonderful bonding moments for you and your baby. Don’t stick to the old classics: Read newspapers and magazines aloud.
Do not add any supplements to your daily diet routine without first consulting your healthcare provider.
Lara Alspaugh is a freelance writer living in Michigan. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Michigan State University. Her writing has been found in parenting and fitness magazines nationwide and the Internet, addressing health and fitness as well as wellness concerns of families.