When I say genius, I don’t mean that any little one can correctly navigate through their mom's new iPhone X and turn on Bubble Guppies all by him or herself before the age of one. I am talking about small movements, actions, and activity that show that their little mind has already started processing life. Babies develop on their own time, process things differently, and learn at different rates. People like to call the ones who peak on the their timeline a bit earlier than the rest, geniuses. These are a few signs that CAN link to a child being a little brighter.
Before we begin, let’s get a few things straight! First off, the baby is already perfect. If the baby can cross off each item on this list, then rock on mama! But if the baby can’t, please remember the little nugget has so much life to live, develop, and learn still. So relax! And finally, please don’t worry and put baby through boot camp just to make sure that they DO pass every one of these signs. Let’s think about some super intelligent people like Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and had one of the greatest minds of ever. Or, shall we discuss how Steve Jobs never attended college but managed to change the world with electronics?
My point being, this list is full of signs of how a child may be a bit more ahead, may be a little more observant, or his wheels are already starting to turn. Smart doesn’t necessarily mean successful nor does it mean a child won’t be the next Einstein. Regardless, a child is a gift, an incredible genius, with or without these signs.
20 A People Watcher
Having a baby is like having a mini spy cam in your house. Your little one is watching everything, hearing everything, and trying to process it all. Think about how they just grab and hold a toy, or how they magically know how to bring a spoon of food to their mouth. Yes, they are geniuses, but they learned it by watching you. They aren’t being nosey, or a copycat, they are imitating things they observed. That is their way of learning.
Now, let me get all sciency on you. The reason people watching and observing is a huge sign is because according to washington.edu, a study was conducted on baby’s, imitation, and their brain activity. Peter Marshall, an associate psychology professor at Temple University commented that, “to imitate the action of another person, babies first need to register what body part the other person used. Our findings suggest that babies do this in a particular way by mapping the actions of the other person onto their own body.” Wow, do we have a mini Sheldon Cooper on our hands already?
19 Ahead Of The Game
Remember when you went in for your check up and they told you all about where your baby fell on the charts compared to everyone else? Even though your baby is a week old, somehow he or she is already underweight but taller than the average nugget. Yes, that’s when the first parent freakout happens. Seven days into the real world and we have mommy's already worried because their baby isn’t the norm. Well, unfortunately, there are charts for just about everything as to when your baby should start crawling, say their first word, pick up toys, and even read. As stressful as it is, these charts can be helpful too. Babies who are advanced meet these important milestones a little earlier on. Newkidcenter.com explains that if you see your baby walking, crawling, or even babbling before the charts say they should be, take it as a sign!
18 Light Sleeper
You know exactly what it is like to not be able to sleep with a racing mind right? Up all night thinking about work tasks that need done, maybe a disagreement you had on the phone with your mom last week, or thinking about how you’ll manage to get the windows and doors washed all before company comes over Friday, right?
Well, babies are the same. At a young age, if their mind is active they may not be sleeping because just like us, they can’t turn it off. Huffingtonpost.com explains that “chances are his/her brain is so stimulated it’s hard to get to sleep.” It probably makes sense now when he or she is refusing a bottle or the soother won’t help, and you have rocked and rocked. Your little one can’t shut off his brain and is so stimulated. Try reading a book to keep the calmness of bedtime but still give him or her the stimulation they need.
17 Stubborn As A Mule
Let’s think about the times when we decided to put our foot down about something. For example, like that time when you would not leave it alone, you fought till the end, and had to be right? That was because you were determined. In your mind, you were after something you wanted. Your brain would not let up! Again, babies are the same.
Just because they drink out of sippy cups and are spoon fed mashed bananas doesn’t mean they don’t know what they want. Another example is for those parents who have tried to bargain with their kids only to find themselves replaying the event and realizing somehow they lost an incredible fight. Right? How did they just manage to pull that off on me! It’s because they are smart, not conceiving or sneaky. If they want something, their mind is so focused around it, and their mind won’t stop till they get it. Parenting.com explains that “A stubborn child will try and negotiate with you to get what she wants, and being able to do this is a sure-shot sign of intelligence.” Let your little one express his or her emotions and mind!
16 Chatty Cathy
Don’t confuse that babble or coo for a word just to mark this sign off the list! They will talk when their time comes, don’t rush it! Plus, if you get close to their face and try to slowly say “mo-my” in hopes that they will repeat it, you probably just look crazy! Anyways, babies who are talking and chatting at an early age are showing a sign of intelligences. According to davidsongifted.org, Albert Einstein did not talk until he was four. Like I said, don’t rush it.
One way to increase and encourage talking at home is for you to talk more. As we learned earlier, babies are observers. They are listening to your words. Talk more to help fill their minds with more words. The more you talk, make sounds, and change the pitch of your voice, the more your smarty pants will learn. No need to panic if your child is not reciting the Periodic Table of Elements before he is two. He will have plenty of time for that!
15 Focus Focus, Hocus Pocus!
I think it’s an obvious chain of events that when people focus they tend to take in more of their surroundings and their for soak in more information happening around then. Sounds about right? Remember that college class that you focused in and passed the exam with flying colors, compared to the class you dozed off in? Just like us, babies who are found concentrating more on things around them tend to have a higher IQ later in life.
According to huffingtonpost.com, Dr. Webb stated that “studies have found that infants who are brighter look intently for longer periods of time at their surroundings than do other infants.” Have you ever wondered how your babies learn those naughty word or that sassy attitude you used once? Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., educational consultant and high intelligence specialist at Educational Options explains, “they eagerly and naturally absorb from their environment so much that adults are often surprised at what they seem to already know!” So, next time you let that potty word slip out or do that goofy dance move, remember your little mini me is watching your every move!
14 Memory Like An Elephant
Have you ever seen a baby crawl over and reach under the couch to grab the binky you couldn’t find last week? Yes, that’s because they have a great memory and knew where it was all along. It is pretty incredible the way children and babies can remember and make connections at such an early age. Newkidscenter.com states that babies who are smarter, “ remember times and places better than other children.” Its memorizing that they might be able to recall that juice came out of the refrigerator. So, when they see you open the fridge they will babble out the word “juice,” because they remember. Or, you know how you secretly pour water in the cup instead of the juice and they cry. That’s because they remember the taste and are aware this is not what they asked for! Good try momma!
I could list off a million reasons why reading to your baby is good. When teachers send home those newsletters saying to read books at home, they aren’t messing around! You may feel silly reading stories to your belly, but I promise that studies prove that it makes a difference. Think about a book. The colors, numbers, letters, real life pictures of trees and cars, and so much more. By reading to them you are exposing them to sounds, words, pictures, and even movement when you turn the page.
Kidshealth.org agrees with us. Reading to your little bookworm helps spark their brain. “When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.” If your child is loving books, chances are it is because their brain is so intrigued by all the stimulation!
12 Emotional Rollercoaster
Sympathetic. Now that is one big word, especially for a baby. The average toddler or child doesn’t understand emotions. Even if you are crying at the table after a long day of work and your husband is asleep on the couch from the night shift, your little one is babbling and needing attention. That is normal. Our genius toddlers, on the other hand, pick up emotions. I am not saying they connect you crying with the fact that you didn’t meet this months sales quota. I am simply saying they notice and feel your sad emotion.
Take note of how your little one acts during the excitement of Christmas morning and the devastating loss of a family pet. Research also shows that more advanced babies have more complex and intense emotions themselves. When your mind is ticking, emotions are stirring, and your little one wants to share what they are feeling. Look deeper into why they might be laughing, crying, or angry. They are so smart and just may be trying to tell you something!
Yes, everyone is impressed when they hear someone’s child is crawling or walking at a very early age. One reason being active at an early age helps make kids brighter is because it allows them to see a whole new world. With their observing skills, they are now able to see a whole new world when standing up, or move about to explore more.
Now, yes walking and crawling is important and them hitting this milestone early puts them in that rare group of geniuses. But, there is more than walking and crawling when we talk about an active baby. Their active mind is also a sign. Each milestone helps build the foundation for the next one. So, if they are walking early, that provides them the tools to now climb and jump next. With everything happening so fast it allows their minds to experience and engage in more activity therefore most likely helping them to learn faster!
10 Got It From His Mama!
Single moms, have no fear! According to many studies and psychology-spot.com, “several studies revealed that children are more likely to inherit intelligence from the mother, because intelligence genes are located on chromosome X.” On top of that, researchers at the University of Minnesota also found that a tight mother bond helps develop many strengths that will pay off later. For example, it will give them the security and confidence they need and help them show less frustration when solving problems. Plus, these are great skills to have for life and school. Let me hear it for the ladies! Girl Power!
Okay dads, now let me give you a little credit! Healthyway.com states, that the “parents’ educational level when the child is 8 years old significantly predicts educational and occupational success for the child 40 years later.” So, as we know, when we are preaching the importance of school and education, your children will buy in on it too.
9 Problem solver
Your child’s growing brain may cause you a few headaches. A genius baby solves problems that someone a bit older should be solving. So, if you find them sorting colors or stacking objects take it as a sign. A common example of babies solving problems is the good ole crib escape. The one that makes parents panic and earns the baby a few extra minutes to explore unknown territories. You might be highly impressed by the way they stacked their stuffed animals up to make a little stepping stool and then were able to pile up books to make them tall enough to grab the toy they wanted off a shelf. It is pure genius and maybe a bit scary! You may lose a little bit of sleep worrying about when they will make their next escape, but don’t. Take it as a sign that your little rascal is smart!
8 Curious George!
If you find your baby peeking out every window, looking in every hole, and opening every door, chances are your baby is going to be bright. Watch how your child wants to pick up everything, feel it, and then asks all about it. That is because his brain is working and wanting to learn. Don’t leave him or her hanging with short answers either. Feed into their curiosity and allow them to soak it all up. It is important as a parent to also ask questions back. If you see them looking into the stove while food is cooking ask them questions to get them thinking even more! What do you think is in there? What does it smell like?
You might also find that your child is very knowledgeable or curious about one specific topic. Babies who are brilliant often latch onto something they are interested in. If you see your child gushing over trucks or cars, help them learn. Buy more car books, find truck shows, and talk to them about it. Encouraging learning is so important and shows them that asking questions is okay!
7 We’ve Got A Runner!
When we think of athletes, three things come to mind; health, activity, and happiness. Athletes are constantly moving around and creating endorphins, so clearly they are getting a little extra dose of happiness. They also have to focus on their health. What is coming in and out of their body as well as their mental health. Just as we discussed earlier, if your baby is walking before the milestone, then he or she is advanced.
When babies begin to walk, stand, and move on their own they are connecting more brain cells and engaging in more stimulating activities. After you learn to crawl, you walk, and then run. According to huffingtonpost.com, a study was conducted on twins. One was taught to roller skate a year before the other. The one taught earlier on became the more athletic one. The research showed that, “In order for the full potential for excellence in physical coordination and balance to be reached, skills need to be developed.” Therefore, if your child is ahead of the world walking, they can begin or engage in other activities before the average child. Watch out Tom Brady!
6 Advanced Motor- Skills
If you are noticing your kids are ahead in their gross and fine motor skills, take it as a sign. Are you seeing your child has great balance or coordination so early on? Psychologytoday.com discusses how you may find your kids transforming toys, writing stories, or using movement. Another example is their advanced gross motor skills. Watch carefully as they walk up the stairs. Do they use one foot after the other, or do they do a wobble to get up? If they are walking up or down the stairs normally as a young child that is a sign of their gross motor skills working very well!
If you are unsure as to where your little one should be with all of these, check out charts online. Be sure to graze them lightly as there is no exact date for each milestone! Your child is most likely just fine!
5 So Many Choices
Choices have consequences. This is a hard concept for most babies, toddlers, and even teenagers to understand. At a young age, kids are often confused as to why they may be in time out. If so, they probably are not processing right and wrong choices. We see this often is school with Kindergarteners. They are unsure why they lost recess and often can not recall what they did wrong. Kids who are able to process choices and right and wrong are a bit ahead of the game.
For example, does your kid know it is wrong to take something from others? Do they share their candy with a friend who forgot their snack? These are decisions and choices your child makes and are showing that they understand. They will catch on quickly to rewards too, and you will find them trying to do good things just to get a quick jelly bean!
4 Enjoys Alone Time
It may seem odd to parents when their child prefers to play alone, but no need to have concerns. If your child is showing many signs on this list, playing alone is probably because he is a bit of a genius. When your mind is active it is easy to entertain yourself. They would much rather feel the grit of the sand and use trial and error to build a castle than play tag with the others. Simply because they have so many questions and their brain is active. Most likely they are happily content imagining things, observing their surroundings, and playing by themselves.
Many kiddos need a full day of activities planned to keep them stimulated all day long. If they are not relaxing in front of the TV they usually are whining about being bored. This is common, especially among our generation. It’s okay for kids to play alone, be bored, and learn. Just like a sponge, your baby wants to soak everything up. Let them play alone, explore, and enjoy everything happening around them!
3 King Of The Playground
Kids love time to play. Time to imagine more than we can understand. Healthyway.com explains that, “free play is an opportunity for exploring, taking things apart, and being creative.” You know the kids who can turn a few cubes and a ball into a make believe scene about magical fairies who own a coffee shop? Kids who can imagine, make believe, and engage in creative play have bright minds. The author of this site also makes a great comment saying, “A bright mind will always fill an empty space with something new and exciting.” Don’t mind the creativity scattered all over your home. It's not a “mess,” it’s actually a masterpiece happening in their mind.
2 Puzzle Master
Dust off the old school puzzles and throw away the video games. Puzzles are incredible for the mind. Little ones who are excelling at puzzles are processing and understanding the problem in front of them. When they are completing these hard tasks they are showing signs of physical, emotional, and cognitive skills.
Let me explain, teach.com talks about how these three skills are founded in a well rounded person. They are showing physical skills by turning the pieces until they fit. Their emotional skills can be seen because they are patiently working on this daunting puzzle. Finally, cognitive skills simply because a puzzle is a problem. Children who enjoy puzzles and love to finish them demonstrate a higher level of thinking than those who are sitting in front of a tablet watching Youtube.
Believe in your child. It is the most important thing you can do for their mind. You can tell when a child knows you believe in them. Believe in everything they do, say, dream of, and want to be. You may be crushed after reading this list thinking your child isn’t in that top tier of baby geniuses, or maybe you are realizing your child is not like the rest.
Either way, don’t stop believing in your child, their success and their future. Healthyway.com said it perfectly, “smart doesn't necessarily mean successful, and science tells us that parental influences are much more of a determining factor than anything else.” So, start focusing on on YOUR child’s timeline, not your neighbors. Invest in their process of learning, rather than focusing on what they can or can not do. Encourage them in every aspect of life. Believe in your child. Your child will do great things!