How to Make a Baby Smarter in the Womb

by Lara Alspaugh

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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: classical music, material to read, and a prenatal stimulation program.

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.

Eat Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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.

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.

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.

Tips and Warnings

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. Warning: Do not add any supplements to your daily diet routine without first consulting your healthcare provider.

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