To match the posters of a smart baby, your child need not have a graduation cap or glasses. The innocent appearance of your infant hides a brilliant mind that you are not aware of. The cerebral prowess of your child shouldn’t come as a surprise. Researchers have discovered that infants not only ingest the knowledge around them but may also astound you with some incredible things you never anticipated. Here are six amazing things a baby can achieve that an adult might not be aware of:
1. Babies Are Emotionally Responsive
The University of California at Berkeley study proved that they can recognise a joyful or sad expression. A group of newborns aged 14 months were shown two closed boxes. The children observed an adult peering into the boxes while expressing dislike for one and pleasure for the other. When given the option to select one of the boxes, the majority of the newborns selected the “happy” box.
2. Children Can Talk With Their Hands
Sign language is an infant’s initial means of communicating. Even before they can speak, they attempt to make signals. He would point to passing cars or birds flying through the air. You could make out his words and phrases by the ninth month. Your infant may be familiar with how to utilise several objects by the time he turns one, having observed people using them.
3. Your Child May Become A Mathematician
Interesting! Baby’s rudimentary understanding of subtraction is apparently present. It is based on research done at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where young children who were between the ages of six and nine months watched a puppet performance with two characters. The curtain was drawn and one of the puppets was removed. The puppet stayed when it was opened again. The experiment was repeated, but with a different ending this time; as the curtain reopened, the second puppet also materialised. The infants couldn’t help but look at the puppets, showing that they had done their own little algebra and realised that two minus one doesn’t equal two.
4. Your Infant Can Speak a Foreign Language
It is innately possible to pick up a second language during infancy. Studies have shown that having multiple languages helps your child develop better memory, focus, and flexible thinking. It used to be thought that you shouldn’t introduce a second language to your child until they are three years old. However, a 2009 study at the International School for Advanced Studies in Italy revealed that multilingual infants have vocabularies from both languages. Compared to infants that are learning only one language, they would have at least 50 words at the age of 18 in their vocabulary. In order for your baby to learn the language, it might be a good idea to speak it 30% of the time.
5. Identifying Faces
By the time your child reaches the age of six months, it might be an expert at face recognition. According to research from the University of Sheffield, infants as young as six months old are far more adept than adults in identifying specific faces in a crowd. By the first week after birth, your baby recognises your face. It turns out that around nine months, the capacity to distinguish between different facial features begins to decline. Some academics disagree, though, and believe it will never fade. Instead, they contend that with enough exposure, a youngster might pick up the skill and carry it into adulthood, learning to distinguish faces from other ethnic groups. It may be best to expose your youngster to magazine photographs of people from other racial and cultural backgrounds so he grows up with an understanding of them.