Kelly Krueger Thomas

Host & Founder of Ingenious Baby

We are all born with talents, but as parents, we don’t always know how to develop these to their full potential. How do we recognize those talents in our children and nurture them in their early stages?

I’m Kelly Krueger Thomas, host and founder of Ingenious Baby. I’ve interviewed over 50 experts from around the world and want to share what I learned, my experiences with my own two children, and what really works. Guest interviews on Ingenious Baby feature objective and scientific information with top experts in education, pediatrics, psychology, and neuroscience.

While children are wired to learn, and while much learning appears to happen automatically, researchers now understand that the degree to which children learn and grow from their experiences depends significantly on how the adults interact with them.

Ingenious Baby was created to educate parents, families, and educators, about how important positive, direct interaction with a child in their earliest years is to build a strong brain for life.

The formative years in your child’s development – beginning with pregnancy and extending through the first three years of life – will have a profound effect on your child for the rest of his or her life. During this stage of development, children have a unique ability to absorb knowledge quickly and effortlessly.

The good news is, there’s plenty of research available these days to help you make the most of these moments. Even though every child is different, each has the capacity to respond to the same science-based techniques that can unlock their intellectual, emotional, mental and physical potential.

Children should have every opportunity to be all they are capable of being. As a parent, that’s where you come in. When you are present and engaged, your child will blossom in unimaginable ways, learning skills that you thought were beyond their years or stage in development. That’s because every newborn has about 100 billion brain cells. The networks these cells form create the pathways for thinking and learning, pathways they will use the rest of their lives.

In infancy, the brain is growing at a phenomenal rate: 25% of its adult weight at birth, 50% by age one, 75% by age two and 90% by the time they turn three. By then, their brain has formed more than one-thousand trillion connections, according to experts. Every connection, whether it’s learning to walk, talk, read, sing, or even play, forms new connections. These young minds are hungry for input and the more you provide, the more connections are made, not only in their brain and with their body, but with the relatively new world that surrounds them.

Some fascinating facts about your child:

“The foundational networking of the brain’s synapses is nearly complete after the rapid brain development of the first three years. The worrying point is that these connections can either become permanent if used repeatedly or can be left to wither if they are neglected.”
“The more age-appropriate and interesting experiences, both physical and social-emotional that an infant participates in, the more circuitry is built for enhanced learning in the future.”
“Infants have a definite preference for the human face, voice, touch and smell over everything else. The infant’s best toy is you, as you speak, move, touch and talk with them.”
“Interesting stimulation can enhance curiosity, attentiveness, concentration and love of learning in the growing infant and toddler.”
“Language stimulation is fundamental to all areas of cognitive development. Infants and children who are conversed with, read to, and otherwise engaged in lots of verbal interaction, show more advanced linguistic skills than children who are not as verbally engaged by their caregivers.”
“Infants have a biological need and desire to learn. ”

Our Focus

How to raise Gifted Child
There are the famous stories where infants far too young to speak are using sign language to communicate their most basic needs. The simple truth is, children have a tremendous capacity to learn, even if some of their motor and cognitive skills haven’t quite caught up to them.

At Ingenious Baby, our focus is on six key areas for development: nutrition, reading, math, sleep, music and motor development. These are the areas researchers and child development experts say have the most potential for early growth since they are aligned with your child’s natural development and genius potential.

Motor Development

Physical development is an essential part of intellectual development and physiological well-being. Physical and physiological excellence are key to all aspects of development throughout life.

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How and what infants eat affects their brains for life. Fueling your baby’s brain with the right foods during the first three years is necessary in order to build that important platform on which to build cognition, social skills and literacy.

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Music enhances all areas of learning, from language development to neural engagement (builds IQ!) to spatial-temporal skills needed for math, science, art, and invention.

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Teaching your baby reading at a very young age makes use of an opportunity for naturally learning language, inspiring the child to reach higher levels of language skill.

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Sleeping through the night can help an infant’s brain develop and increase functions such as attentiveness, self-discipline and memorization. Kids with regular bedtimes have also been shown to be better at languages, math and reading.

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Early Stem

Demonstrating strong math skills at an early age is a strong indicator of developing conceptual thinking skills and predicts long- term success in school, not just in later math learning but also in later reading proficiency.

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