Needless to say, once you’re developing a kid, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to provide your little one the best start. We have got some tips for creating a brighter, happier baby.
Did you know, once you’re pregnant, your diet, feelings and the way you interact with your bulge play a role in developing your growing infant’s mind.
‘Inherited genes play a major role in determining intelligence and personality, but the ideal lifestyle choices can help to ensure those genes are programmed from the womb,’ says Dr Lana Asprey. In actuality, ‘researchers estimate that only 50 per cent of IQ is right down to genes — the remainder is affected by a infant’s surroundings’ So what are you waiting for? Make sure your baby inherits your braininess, currently.
1. Start a storytime habit
The bases for speech start in the uterus and, from the third trimester, your baby might memorise sounds she hears regularly. ‘US researchers asked mothers to see The Cat In The Hat repeatedly to their unborn babies. After the birth, the infants “decided” the recording of their mum reading the narrative by sucking on at a certain speed to trigger the recording,’ says parenting expert Dr Miriam Stoppard.
2. Remain busy
Enjoy the endorphin boost you get from exercise? Well, so does your baby. Hormones released during workout cross the placenta, bathing your infant in feel-good chemicals for up to eight hours. And as exercise increases the flow of blood all around your body, for example to the womb, your child’s growth is given a boost.
The latest study also suggests exercise while pregnant can increase neurons in your child’s hippocampus — the memory and learning part of the mind — by 40 per cent.
3. Get just a small sun
Never has the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, been significant. And you just need to soak it up for 20 minutes every day. ‘We examine all of the pregnant mums who visit our clinic because of vitamin D, and 70 per cent are deficient,’ says fertility expert Zita West. ‘That is due to a mixture of a lack of sun and not having enough vitamin D in their diet.’
This nutrient is critical for helping your infant develop strong heart and bones, and researchers have also started exploring a link between a deficiency of vitamin D in pregnant women and atherosclerosis.
4. Heal your bump
From about 20 months, your infant will feel that you touching your bump and yanking it can send messages that are calming to her nervous system. Research indicates an unborn baby can also differentiate between her mother and daddy’s signature. Pass the almond oil. This is the very best explanation for a massage ever.
5. Speak with your baby
Infants can listen to from 16 weeks and, even by 27 weeks, all of the connections from ear to brain are in place,’ says Miriam. In actuality, studies reveal newborns respond to languages or squares they hear from the womb — people born to bilingual families react to both languages from birth, so get chatting!
6. Vary your diet
If you want your baby to have the gourmet feeling of an intellect, then get adventurous at dinnertime. Your baby’s taste buds grow from approximately 12 weeks.
From 25 months, she will be consuming around two minutes of amniotic fluid each day along with the foods that you eat may flavour it. In 1 study, infants of mums who drank carrot juice while pregnant revealed a preference for carrots when weaned.
7. Play music to your baby
Maybe the most essential education of all you can form your infant’s music preference. ‘Unborn babies adore music — it will help trigger happy chemicals, such as serotonin, that invite her to become calm and happy,’ says Miriam. ‘Following the arrival, your baby recalls and relives all those great feelings connected to the music each time she hears it.’
8. Start singing nursery rhymes
Yep, you can enter this habit today. ‘We all know unborn babies can pick up the rise and fall and cadences in speech,’ says Miriam. ‘You can help your baby song from singing rhythmic songs — nursery rhymes are ideal.’ After your baby’s born, then sing the exact zest to quieten and soothe her.