Many a mother may dream that their bundle of joy is going to be a genius. Who wouldn’t love the idea of being able to proudly dote on their little one for developing cures to diseases, creating amazing pieces of music, unraveling a cryptic mathematical solution, or penning an award-winning novel at a young age? Right?
Well, there are some signs that a baby with genius potential just might give off, for all those parents who await with baited breath for their baby to do something out-of-this-world phenomenal.
Every child is different and reaches milestones when they are ready to make the leap. Pushing a child too hard, being emotionally distant, or overly harsh in hopes of bringing out a genius can do more harm than good. Many documented geniuses were late bloomers.
Good things come to those who wait. And sometimes that good thing is indeed a genius streak.
It is important for babies and children to just be. Children have an innate curiosity, and naturally grow and thrive from interacting hands-on with the world, and putting their imagination to good use. Ignoring the importance of play can actually squash signs of genius.
All is not lost if a baby is not displaying these genius traits. Giving children enough love, attention, patience, and one-on-one interaction really does help little ones blossom.
15 Doesn’t Stay Asleep For Long, Hard To Go To Bed
Some moms may think their little angel will always be ready to go to sleep. But some moms may find themselves frustrated and chide their baby more than once or twice to “Go to sleep!” with a firm whisper.
If a little one has difficulty staying asleep long enough to get a nap, or it’s a constant battle getting the baby to go to bed at night, it’s actually a sign of an active brain. And an active brain that is brimming with energy is a sign of genius.
Unfortunately, the human brain loves to get a surge of ideas and employ its imaginative capabilities at night. Even though studies still have yet to confirm in more depth how babies and toddler’s brains work, it might be a safe bet that they have some of the most awesome and vivid ideas.
Children who are gifted or have a touch of genius have a hard time turning off their brain. On top of having a brain that is brimming with imagination and curiosity, babies that have difficulty sleeping may have higher energy levels than their peers.
There is some good news for moms with seemingly tireless little ones. According to FirstCry Parenting, a baby that cannot sleep much might not show any signs of crankiness despite not getting the recommended hours of sleep. Genius babies just need less sleep to function than the rest of us.
14 Picky Eater
A concerned mom might worry that her little one has become spoiled, or that they will develop a nutritional deficiency if they are a picky eater. But it should come as no surprise, that some babies just have really discerning taste.
Moms should remember, that their baby learned to love the foods that mom ate during pregnancy. And some foods are a matter of personal taste and preference, or avoidance because of allergies.
According to The Atlantic, there are genes that determine taste preferences. Mothers who gently encourage their children’s eating habits are more likely to have children who are more willing to embrace a wider range of foods, than mothers who are too pushy or controlling.
Picky eating for a child may be an innate desire to show some independence, or an innate gravitation toward certain foods. If a child is being picky about what they are eating, moms shouldn’t worry too much as it is a normal phase that nearly all children go through at some point.
According to NPR, genius and food go hand-in-hand. Many brilliant people throughout history were obsessed with certain foods or had eccentric habit surrounding mealtime.
Steve Jobs ate mostly dates, almonds, and lots of carrots. Pythagoras loathed beans so much that he forbid any of his followers from touching or eating them.
13 Gravitate Toward Books
Literacy is a really big deal, and so integral to being able to convey ideas and commnuicate clearly with others. As hard as it can be to get some children interested in reading and writing, some babies just naturally love books.
If the baby can’t get enough of story time with mom or is often seeing surrounded by colorful books of all types and sizes, it could be a sign of a future genius. According to Romper, children who are potential geniuses or gifted, show an early interest in reading before they can even begin attending school.
If a mom sees her little one staring wide-eyed at the pages of a children's book, they might be trying to decipher the letters and words, and not solely enraptured by bright colorful illustrations. If a baby’s favorite go-to items during playtime are the board books, chances are mom might have a future genius on their hands.
Moms can look forward to continuing to foster their child’s interest in literacy and learning, taking day trips to the local library, bookstore, and making time to read as much as possible to their little one.
When it comes to children who are born with significant levels of intelligence, a future of voracious reading is definitely possible if a little one can’t get enough of books.
12 Try To Be Verbal Early
If a baby lights up when seeing another person, or animal, and begins to babble endlessly, they should be encouraged to do so. Babbling is essential for a baby developing speech, understanding the impact of heir mother tongue, and utilizing their tongue, teeth, and mouth.
Babbling may not happen at the most opportune time, but constantly telling a child to hush, or be quiet, can actually discourage them from speaking.
Early talkers are often early readers and writers and excel in various facets of life. Mom should take every opportunity to have chats with their baby while in the womb, and continue to have conversations once the baby arrives.
Even if what baby has to say is not intelligible, they are learning the importance of communicating with language. And that is a beautiful thing.
According to the BBC, Heidi Hankins from Winchester tried to start up a conversation since birth, but couldn't say anything intelligible. According to Heidi’s father Matthew Hankins, before the child was a year old, she would speak in complete sentences. Before that, she would look intently into her parent’s eyes and attempt to speak words.
And just like a genius child, Heidi was a quick learner who picked up reading skills and navigating computer websites before the tender age of two!
11 Fussy When Can’t Move Around On Their Own, Tries To Stand Up Or Scoot Unassisted
It’s tough being a little one, especially when a baby or tiny tot is so dependent on their mom or dad to get around. If a baby is found struggling to stand up on their own before the six-month mark or holding onto larger objects in an effort to scoot around or pull themselves up, mom might have a genius on their hands.
Some babies do manage to walk as early as eight or nine months. And some children do take longer to walk, managing to successfully move about without holding their mom’s hands around the one-year mark.
However, because babies who are extremely intelligent usually have a deep sense of awareness about their surroundings and existence, they will try to move around on their own.
If a baby is grunting, whining, or crying out in loud frustration, it might be because it is so challenging getting the hang of moving their body around. Despite having an active and intelligent mind flooded with energy, the human body does take some catching up to do. Babies have to learn how to develop their balance, lift up their head on their own, and gain the strength and coordination of their muscles to be able to scoot, walk, and stand up on their own.
Sometimes being a genius requires a little patience.
10 Highly Alert And Observant (Eye To Eye Contact)
Being able to stare intently may be one thing that only a baby can get away with. However, staring endlessly at a person, animal, or object may not be a sign of rudeness.
If a young one readily fixates their eyes onto whoever is speaking to them, or can’t seem to get enough of eye contact, coupled with smiles, coos, and gestures, it could be a sign of genius.
Babies rely on their developing awareness and interaction with the world around them, people, animals, and events in order to learn and thrive. According to Romper, children who are bright begin to watch and pay attention to things very early in life. Children absorb a lot more than many adults may realize.
Yes, mom should worry about what she says around her little one, but young ones pay even more attention to what they see, and are keen to imitate mom and other adults in their life. Mom might be surprised at how much her baby really does understand, and how much information they are taking in to make sense of life.
Children who are smarter may not only be very alert and observant, but they also make connections such as mom going to the kitchen means she will be bringing back some food, or if mom is going to the bathroom, it might be time for a bath soon.
9 Likes Being Alone And Can Amuse Themselves
If mom walks into a room to find her child bemused with a toy, book, or just tickled pink playing with their feet while all alone, it might cause mom to raise an eyebrow. Mom should reconsider worrying about making sure her little one has enough playdates and social interaction with others, as intelligent children and adults often enjoy spending more time by themselves.
Human beings are definitely social creatures. But when it comes to having more intelligence, it seems that too much time spent with even friends and in familiar surrounding can be a bit too much for smarter humans.
According to Thrillist, introverted people enjoy stronger relationships, have higher energy levels, and thrive on having alone time. Forcing people who are more satisfied being by themselves to be more social than comfortable, can actually be draining and upsetting.
If a little one would rather spend time by themselves, playing with their toys, watching a television program, or spending time outdoors alone, mom should not have a panic attack. The most important thing to observe with a child who would rather spend time in their own company is that they are happy and well-adjusted.
It is a completely different situation if a tot often withdraws from others, or feels uncomfortable being around others. However, if a little one is simply thrilled to spend time by themselves, it might just be because they beat to their own drum and have a brilliant mind.
8 Extremely Focused
If a little one is capable of sitting still and focusing on to nearly every single word during storytime, mom might just have a genius in the family.
According to LiveStrong, children who are capable of discovering things that interest them, and are able to focus on the things that catch their interests for long periods may have higher intelligence.
Little ones who have extreme focus may show higher levels of determination than their peers. When fixated on a problem, they will find creative ways to open a baby gate, use a stack of books as a makeshift stepstool, or develop a clever use for a kitchen ladle that mom didn’t even consider.
Focused little ones might seem a bit fussy at first glance, especially when they have a strong desire to figure out a problem, want to continue listening to a story, and don’t want to stop what they are doing.
Mom should relax and find some relief knowing that a young one who is capable of focusing patiently on their environment, or things that interest them can be a good thing. Children who have more developed focus usually pay attention to speech and directions earlier and have a better understanding of what is going on around them.
7 Artistic Arrangements Of Food And Objects
Creativity and genius are two qualities that have a harmonious relationship. Before mom thinks that they just have a fussy or picky eater when their tot is tossing their food about their plate, mom might want to take a closer look.
Many children who have increased levels of intelligence do have a method and reasoning behind their seemingly maddening behavior. Instead of quickly jumping to conclusions that a child is simply acting out, or being a little one, children do communicate differently than adults.
Although a child may be extremely bright, it does take some time to fully grasp the nuances of language or to be able to verbally explain their actions in full.
Children who are exceptionally bright, or possibly genius level smart may be found arranging objects in a creative manner. And smart tots may even shift around the food on their plate based on colors, textures, or size.
According to the Cornell Chronicle, children are more interested in plates that have up to six or seven different colors of food. Adults prefer to have only three foods and three colors on their plate. One reason that children might interact with their food the way that they do, is because of an innate desire for their plate to be more appealing.
6 Born Tall
If there’s one reason to delay having children until a more mature age, it’s because children born to mothers who are older are smarter, healthier, and taller. In fact, being tall is often a sign of higher intelligence in children.
According to The Sun, The National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a study that found that taller children are more likely to ace a test with flying colors. Children who are as young as three years old who are tall, typically perform better on cognitive tests than their peers who are shorter.
One reason taller children may display greater intelligence is due to additional nutrition and time spent in the wombs than premature children. Also, more intelligent children like to spend more time with older kids and adults, which encourages them to mature a bit more.
If mom wants to try to encourage their child to be born taller, they might want to plan giving birth at an older age or enter a relationship that increases genetic diversity. According to The Guardian, children born to parents of varying ethnic backgrounds are born taller and more intelligent.
Factors like better-educated parents, high-quality nutrition, and loving attention also help encourage a child to be taller, better cared for, and encourage higher intelligence.
5 Delay: Limited/No Eye Contact In Response To Sounds
Moms look forward to their bundle of joy approaching and achieving various milestones. One of the biggest milestones that warms a mom’s heart, is when a little one first turns their head and gazes into their mother’s eyes on hearing their name.
Eye contact is a huge milestone for babies, and it helps develop the focus and awareness to learn a language, develop the use of gestures, and is a sign of growing communication skills. According to Parenting, babies typically make eye contact between the ages of six to eight weeks.
When a little one turns their eyes to follow their mom’s voice, or just because they recognize their face, it shows that the baby is registering their environment and the people within it. Eye contact signals that a baby is aware of what is going on, and who is in their space with them.
If a little one is not making eye contact, it might give mom a good reason to worry. Although children do reach their milestones at varying ages, sometimes a child might not display eye contact until the 3-month mark.
However, if a child has limited eye contact, or doesn’t respond to sounds around them, it may be a good reason to have a child checked out with a battery of tests by their pediatrician. A lack of eye contact could be due to a developmental disorder, eye disease, ear disease, or another type of medical condition.
4 Delay: Uncomfortable, Fidgety Often, And Makes High Pitched Cries
Children who are exceptionally gifted and intelligent often have high energy. Before a mother rushes out to the pediatrician, in fear that their child may be displaying signs of a behavioral disorder, or ADHD, it might just be a sign of an active and curious brain.
However, if a child is constantly fidgety, unable to sit still for long periods, and makes excruciatingly painful cries during the day and night, it might deserve checking out with a medical professional.
A young one who is suffering from colic, painful gas or digestive issues may find themselves moving about uncomfortably, and might find it more than difficult to be soothed.
When weaning from nursing, encountering a food that does not agree with their system, or dealing with colic, a little one might cry continuously and be nearly inconsolable. It can be equally tough on mom when it is very challenging to discern exactly why her little one is so fussy and upset.
Colic usually shows up in babies around the time they reach 2 to 4 weeks of age and can peak at the 2-month mark. But, colic will typically remedy itself by the time is 3 to 4 months.
If colic or digestive distress is not the culprit behind a child’s cries and fidgeting, it might be a sign of a behavioral disorder.
3 Delay: No Babbling
One thing nearly all mothers can’t wait to hear is the first time their precious little one utters, “Mama. Mom, or Ma.” Children usually begin to develop their language skills by intently making eye contact, cooing, and making friendly gestures to get their mom’s attention.
If a child is often silent, not making eye contact, and rarely ever babbling, it could be a sign that something is wrong. According to Cherab Foundation, there are millions under the age of eighteen who have speech and language disorders. Millions of people are also affected by some type of communication disorder as well.
By the 6-month mark, most babies are found babbling incessantly, willing to chat up mom, dad, siblings, pets, and even passerby. If a child is nearing the 2 to 3-year mark and has yet to engage in any type of speech attempt, it is definitely grounds to get a child evaluated.
A lack of babbling could be a sign of hearing impairment, or a disability regarding learning or social-communication skills.
Moms should encourage their little ones to try speaking by engaging their tots in conversations, and giving their tots a pause so they have time to respond. Language is one of the hardest skills for kids to learn and display because it takes so much work to coordinate the tongue, lips, teeth, and use hearing and eye contact to make judgment calls.
2 Delay: Doesn’t Move, No Sitting Up, Crawling, Scooting, Or Rolling Over
When it comes to parenting a baby or tot, mom knows that there must be baby-proofing of the home. Gates will need to be put into places where little people do not need to roam, and protective implements will be placed over cabinets, outlets, and shelving to prevent accidents.
As much as a mom prepares herself mentally for her child to challenge fate when they become actively mobile, it can be more than a surprise when a child rarely displays any physical activity.
If a little one is often found lying nearly listless in their crib or sitting quietly in their baby bouncer, it might be time to call the doctor.
According to Parents, babies are not strong enough to push themselves up until they can lift their head without assistance. This usually takes place around the 2 to 3-month mark. Children usually roll over when they are 4 to 6 months of age, and begin trying to fully sit up when they are 6 months.
Developing the motor coordination and physical strength to achieve milestones regarding mobility is critical to a child’s development. However, if a little one doesn’t seem interested in trying to move much, and is content with mom moving them about, it could be a larger problem.
1 Delay: Doesn’t Use Pincer Grasp
Humans are tool users. Ever since the days of being hunter-gatherers, people have had to develop the motor coordination skills to fashion tools and get things done.
After all the thousands of years that humans have spread across the planet, one milestone that remains a vital part of being able to survive and thrive is the pincer grasp.
According to Parenting, babies begin to display a rudimentary pincer grasp around the 7 or 8-month mark. A baby will use their thumb and all of their fingers to pick up a toy, or another fascinating object worthy of their attention.
Over time, babies continue to practice this skill until they get really good. And moms definitely realize how difficult it can be to pry a toy, book, or another item from a fussy little one at times.
However, some children don’t quite manage to display the pincer grasp, and if a child is past the 12-month mark, it is certainly worth checking out with a medical professional.
The pincer grasp is necessary for a child to learn to use their own spoon, pick up small pieces of cereal or fruit, and to eventually graduate to using a sippy cup at a much later time in their development.