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Talking to Your Newborn Increases IQ!

Talking to Your Baby
Talking to Your Baby
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Talk to Your Newborn and Raise Your Baby's IQ
Perhaps it comes naturally for you to talk to your newborn baby about most anything that crosses your mind. Or, perhaps you have never really thought about talking to a person who cannot yet hold a conversation with you. You might be surprised to learn how important it is to simply talk to your baby ... a lot!

Reading and Talking
You are probably already aware that reading to your baby stimulates brain development, helps your baby differentiate the sounds and intonation of your language(s), and makes it easier for your baby to imitate language(s) when needed. And, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), not only is reading to your baby highly beneficial, but the less formal times of sharing everyday "conversations" with your baby are very important too. You can enhance your baby's brain development and have a smarter baby just by talking to your baby. That's amazing! You can discover more about the AAP's findings in their article "The Secret to a Smarter Baby." 

There's More
There's another interesting article, shared by a colleague of mine, that documents the importance of talking to your newborn. Apparently the continuous monologue that you can have with your baby ... It feels a little cooler today. Let's grab a sweater to keep you warm. Listen to the dog barking ... I wonder if someone is coming to visit! ... is extremely important and has the power to increase your baby's IQ! According to Tina Rosenberg's article in the New York Times "The Power of Talking to Your Baby" (based on the research of Hart and Risley, University of Kansas, 1995) "the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school. TV Talk not only didn't help, it was detrimental." Simple, direct, and remarkable.

More is More
So in this second article, it is emphasized that the more words your baby hears, the greater the increase in your baby's IQ. This seems like such a simple thing to do ... yet it has such a profound impact. Now you (and everyone you share this information with) can intentionally help your baby have a more positive outcome in life. Having a higher IQ has its advantages ... for a lifetime.

Your Attention
The last line of Rosenberg's comment is valuable because hearing your words, not those of any TV program, are the language and sounds that make a difference. I believe this significant difference is influenced by the attention that goes along with the words you share with your baby. Paying attention to your newborn while sharing the events of the day in a streamed monologue is one very easy way to give your baby the best start in life. Your words and attention are very powerful.

You can choose to give your newborn a brighter future by talking to your baby ... a lot.

For you and yours,

D. Fravert, RN


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Jeni July 09, 2013 at 10:00 PM
This cites an article that states that "the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school." I would suggest that talking to babies does not CAUSE their I.Q. to raise. However, it would seem that elementary school children who have high I.Q.s and do well in school have parents who are well-educated and already talked to their children when they were babies. Less-educated parents, especially those who are young, single parents, are the least likely to know that they should talk to and teach their children at birth. This article seems to show an inaccurate cause and effect. Intelligence is biologically inherited. Children with high I.Q.s almost always come from two-parent households of educated parents. Those parents are the ones who enroll their babies and preschoolers in classes, lessons, and enrichment to educate and stimulate them. Those children are more likely to succeed in life and do well in school. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, but simply talking to your baby will not automatically make it smarter. The baby might learn to talk at an earlier age or be more verbal, but I.Q. is inherited and educated parents highly value their child's education. There are plenty of children from low-income, high school drop out parents who go on to great things, but children with high I.Q.s almost always are intelligent because of their parents.
A Delargo July 10, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I agree, this is a dubious explanation of the results.... lets say 3 people are taken to the emergency room for heart attacks and they are all wearing blue jeans... The blue jeans must be the cause !!! I'm sure the author meant well but it's pretty funny. A child in an environment where the parents are invested in the child's success and provide many resources for learning .... are probable talking more to their children. Genes and training make the difference not increasing the amount of words that are shared with the child. I guess anybody can be a nurse.
Vito Spago July 10, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I do not think it makes a bit of difference whether you talk to your baby or not. Sheesh. Let the poor kid grow up why don't you.
Donna Fleming July 11, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Children watch everything a parent does. They might not understand the words, but they are listening and watching. One reason a first born is more apt to lead is that mom's spend more time with the first born and have to spread time and care around as more siblings arrive.
kja July 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Interesting comments: the first in this list states "This article seems to show an inaccurate cause and effect. Intelligence is biologically inherited." Then it continues to state that "Children with high I.Q.s almost always always come from two-parent households of educated parents. Those parents ... who enroll their babies and preschoolers in classes, lessons, and enrichment to educate and stimulate them. Those children are more likely to succeed in life and do well in school." INTERESTING since first intelligence is inherited then stimulation is required from parents for the child to be "most likely to succeed in life and school". Have none of you heard of the tests decades ago with baby monkeys who required a surrogate in order to be socialized and develop intellect monkey style. What a tragedy to think that children do not learn more when exposed by language as well as other activities. As a linguist, I assure you that it is exposure to language that a child or an adult learns. You cannot be a Wimbledon champion unless you develop your tennis skills and practice, practice or use, use and use them. Language opens the world to those genetically gifted and improves lives for those less gifted. These comments indicate "genes and training" make the difference but if a caretaker were only to speak 6 words for everything how would the child progress?
Graham Lower July 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
In echoing some of the other comments, but I don't see where there is evidence of this being causal, versus just correlated. As an aside, I'd prefer the linguist to provide peer reviewed studies over assurances. Rationalizations and anecdotal musings make for fine entertainment, but provide as much meaningful information as "Finding Bigfoot" does on Animal Channel.
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 11, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Babies who have deaf or mute parents are exposed to language. At the very least sign language, and assuming that at least half of deaf people have verbal language skills, the baby will be exposed to that as well. Babies who have been taught sign language by parents are able to sign accurately (few words just like verbalized language) at an earlier age in some studies. And, no I'm no expert, but I have deaf family members who have explained quite a bit to me. One of those things is that the hearing community have a lot of misconceptions about the deaf community/culture.
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 11, 2013 at 04:57 PM
"To sign by parents" should have been followed by a semicolon for the sentence to read as intended. "Babies who have been taught sign language by parents; are able to sign accurately (few words, just like verbalized language) at an earlier age in some studies."
A Delargo July 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I'm drafting a new article, what do you think ? "Longer days created by Baseball". It seems to me that the days are longer during baseball season. There has to be a connection !!! I just completed another article titled "Emergency rooms cause illness" - another winner !!
Marcia Kalapus July 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Well, I have to address the above comments. #1 Jeni the so called classes you mention that parents enroll their children in "babies, preschoolers, and enrichment classes" I had not heard of until in the early 2000 when my daughter who was a late "30 something " with her first child enrolled my granddaughter in the classes, because my daughters social circle was doing it. Very green new mothers. I also disagree that "intelligence " is inherited. One only gains such after many years of learning, going to school, and acquiring "knowledge". Is intelligence measured by which schools you attend, the best universities ? I think not. Some people never attend higher learning after high school, but they have educated themselves by being involved, reading copious amounts of books of all kinds. One of the things I learned as a young mother in the early fifties was from several of my teachers from hi school, was to start reading to my son as soon as I could. When he was only two months old I,being an avid reader, read everything aloud to him even newspapers, magazines, novels, the classics. Yes the young man listened to many Shakespeare plays, Then when he was about 6 months I read and showed him the kids books. It was the constant sound of my voice, the intonation, the way I make it sound like conversation that taught him to listen and then he learned to talk at 1 year, and looked at the books and read them the rest of his life.Comparing " upper income children of well educated parents" to lower income parents with less education is wrong. I was raised by a single mother , she never helped me with anything education wise, and we were very very poor. A church mouse on occasion had more food than we did. I am also a RN. with ,BSN with a Masters. My children learned to be good students because I spent time with them reading and talking adult talk to them at all times. Baby talk is a waste of time. If you want your children to be good students then spend time with them and READ to them.
Mary McLinden July 14, 2013 at 01:45 PM
PLEASE don't talk baby talk, especially in public. It makes you look stupid and the baby has no idea you are teaching him/her to speak incorrectly. Talk (communicate - sign or spoken, doesn't matter) to your baby; read to your baby. To me, that just comes under the heading of "duh," but there are young parents out there who apparently don't know, so we need to keep reiterating the same helpful parenting hints. Think of it this way. LOTS of people talk to their pets ALL THE TIME and there is no doubt that it does not affect the animal's intelligence or increase their ability to speak back, but people continue to do it because it makes themselves feel better. So talk to your baby even though he/she can't respond. Yet. After all, it may be the only time in your lives you have an opportunity to get a word in edgewise. ;)

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