We all want our babies to be tiny geniuses and super-clever, don’t we? But what you may not know is that there are certain signs of an intelligent baby – exceptionally so – that you can nurture, so that your little one reaches their full genius baby potential! Here are 7 signs you may have a gifted child to keep an eye out for and how to nurture them.
#1 Reaches Milestones Earlier Than Others
Is your baby way ahead of time while reaching milestones? Did he/she sit-up without help, before most four-month old babies? Was the baby waving out to you and grasping things, immediately, past the half-year mark? If the answer to the above questions is yes, it indicates that your baby is reaching milestones earlier than his/her peers, and you have a genius growing up in your home.
#2 Enjoys (Even Prefers) To Be Alone
We know that children are sociable little humans and often rarely want to be left alone. However, one of the signs of gifted babies is that they often prefer to be alone. They are more than happy in their own company, playing with toys, colouring books or solving puzzles. Or they might actually prefer the company of older kids rather than that of their peers, for slightly more advanced emotional and intellectual stimulation. Hello tiny genius! This is one of the signs of high intelligence in babies. Remember not to push your little kid to do something they actually don’t like. But at the same time, you could encourage such gifted babies to play alongside his or her peers, so that social skill development is not neglected.
#3 Extreme Focus
Babies and children in general have short attention spans and are easily distracted by a new sound or movement happening around them. They may give or take 10 minutes and they are onto the next interesting quest. However, one of the signs of an intelligent child is that they are able to focus for longer periods of time at every early age (before 6 months old). Matching shapes and colours is easier for these gifted babies, when they are only 10 or 11 months old. You will also see them point at images and even turn pages while you read out to them from storybooks.
#4 Always Want To Know More
Curiosity, in all its forms, appears closely tied to intelligence. If your toddler is keen to explore everything that surrounds him/ her and asks a million questions that are anything, but mundane, chances are you have a highly intelligent kid in your midst. Be prepared to give detailed answers and back them up with proof, as your kid will ask for it. Do not stifle his/her curiosity, although it may be slightly annoying at times. Prepare for a few questions that stump you, sending you on a Google hunt on your smartphone. The zillions of questions might be annoying. But do try to provide correct answers nevertheless. At the same time, provide your highly curious, highly intelligent child with the resources to find their own answers, such as a junior encyclopedia or library membership. Do join in on their journey of learning too. One is never too old for new knowledge!
#5 Likes Solving Problems
#7 Have A Good Sense Of Humor
If you have a kid who knows how to have a good laugh, life is going to be easier for them regardless of their IQ. But did you know that a sense of humor also reveals intelligence? A person’s ability to understand jokes and make jokes in return is associated with abstract thinking. So the next time your little one is trying to make you laugh by joking around, don’t get upset.