How to Predict the Adult Your Baby Will Become
When my son, James, was born a neonatologist told us that the temperament he exhibited in his first few days was likely the one he’d have for life. That sounded farfetched to me, but I’ve since discovered you can learn a great deal about who your baby will become based on his or her first year. Want to see into your baby’s future? Here are ten things to lookout for.
Echoing what the neonatologist told me, a study out of The University of Chicago found that “less fussy, more predictable infants” were at a lower risk of having behavioral problems in the future.
The same study also found that the more a mom intellectually stimulated her baby the more likely he or she was to be better behaved later on.
Another fascinating nugget from The University of Chicago study was that families that practice early spanking put their babies at a greater risk for challenging behavior in the future. Strangely enough, this was true in European American families, but not Hispanic ones.
Babies who are fed on demand end up with IQs five points higher than babies fed on a schedule, according to this study.
This study found that babies who snore are more likely to become aggressive, combative and depressed than their non-snoring peers!
In the early 1900s psychoanalyst Alfred Adler pioneered the still credible birth order theory that says first born kids have higher IQs as adults while second born kids end up more outgoing and social.
Though you can’t determine handedness for certain until a child reaches age three or four, most babies show a preference for one hand over the other as early as 6-9 months!
How quickly a baby grows is often a strong indicator of future height, even more so than birth size. To find out how tall your baby is likely to be try this height calculator!
A classic Stanford study found that young children who displayed atypical patience ended up with higher SAT scores and levels of happiness as adults. Look for signs of patience toward the end of your baby’s first year.
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