Dr. Bill Sears on How to Raise a Smarter Baby

Full Transcript at: https://ingeniousbaby.com/interview/dr-sears-raise-smarter-baby ? Dr. Bill Sears, an American pediatrician and best-selling author shares his insight on how to raise a smarter baby. Hint: nutrition plays a big role! Learn how to shape your baby’s taste buds to crave healthy vegetables. Click on ‘Show More’ for details (…)

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Dr. Bill has been a frequent guest on television talk shows, including 20/20, Good Morning America and CNN, and was also featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in 2012. He is the medical and parenting consultant for BabyTalk and Parenting magazines and the pediatrician on the website Parenting.com.

Kelly: Dr. Sears, welcome!

Dr. Sears: Thank you, Kelly, it’s an honor to be with you.

Kelly Thomas: Yes, So, you have written so many books – I think almost every mom in America is familiar with at least one of them – is there any particular stage of development that you think is more important or more impactful than the others?

Dr. Sears: Well I think it’s really birth to three years, Kelly and here are the reasons, a baby’s brain grows the fastest after birth for the first two to three years, it doubles in size in the first two years. So, you have the greatest chance of laying down a permanent foundation. Those wires into your baby’s brain think of your baby’s brain like the greatest garden ever grown and there are a hundred billion plants in that little garden. So, what do you do to help a garden grow? You feed it and you fertilize it and you keep the weed and the pests out. The same thing in growing a baby brain, you give them smart food, you give them lots of touches, you give them lots of love, you respond to their needs in an appropriate way and that’s how you grow your baby brain.

Kelly: That brings me to another question, Since it’s such an impactful time, do you think a child’s IQ is malleable? Are there things that you can eat or things that you can do to help raise your child’s IQ or cognitive development?

Dr. Sears: Yes they are Kelly. You used a wonderful term there called malleable. Now the scientific term for that is called neuroplasticity. Now that’s just a big word that means if the brain could talk, it would say “Hey man, I will change and adapt to whatever you need me to”. The brain is so changeable. All the wiring is so changeable so the term malleable, you’re totally correct. Now, the best way you can do that is smart foods. Let’s start with mother’s milk – wow! – smartest food ever made and I make it very simple for moms, I say alright “feed your child a smart fat diet” and as soon as I mentioned the term fat, they go “oh really? I’ve heard all these bad things about fat wrong! A baby’s brain is 60% fat so, the way I get parents to remember this, is tell them, you are growing a little fat head. A mother’s milk is 40 to 50 percent fat and doctor Mother Nature does not make mistakes. So, the first most important group of foods to grow a smarter little baby’s brain and child’s brain is fats. Number one mama’s milk. Then at six months, I have this, let’s pretend Kelly that you’re coming into my office and you want to talk about beginning solid foods to grow a little fat head and I say ok “first food avocados, wow! What’s different about avocados, they are the fattiest fruit on Earth”. So avocados at 6 months, and this will surprise your audience, at 7 months we begin salmon. I have a big sign in my office “salmon at 7 months” and parents look at me, really? Yeah, you get a piece of wild salmon and you mush it up and you place it on your finger and you place it on baby’s tongue. Now here are the three magic words “shaping young tastes’”, shaping young tastes’, beginning at 6 months. So, you shape their taste for fruits and veggies and good healthy fats like avocados and salmon and here’s another thing we do at 6 months I call it my “sprinkles test” because the most common question I get from parents is my child won’t eat vegetables.

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