I have talked to many new mothers since I started the site, and I have seen more incredibly mature and advanced babies. Of course I had met many children with amazing abilities before I started looking into the mysteries of early learning, but I was even more amazed that I seemed to be able to identify them from the time I first saw them in the nursery, soon after they were born.
One of my newest mothers is nursing her second baby. Her firstborn, a son, was so focused he understood things one said to him even during his first months. I did not think breastfeeding was the only positive factor there, but I knew it was a big reason. True enough, I found out that she was talking to them early on in gestation, was playing classical music often, and was reading aloud all sorts of things, from nursery stories to regular newspaper articles. .
A couple of my other mothers regularly used the BabyPlus while they were pregnant. The last two children of one of these mothers are so good and so well-developed in intellect and language that the older one has taken to teaching her classmates the answers to 'exams', and she is only four! Her teacher is exasperated, but she is also grateful for the help that this little girl is giving her in keeping the other children well-behaved while in class.
I have also wondered about the role of phototherapy in brain development, since I have many intellectually superior patients who had to have phototherapy for jaundice during their first week of life. Some of these children's mothers have asked whether we should not apply the same 'treatment ' to other babies even if they have no jaundice, in an effort to improve future IQ. Would it not help some adults, too?, they jokingly add. We are trying to devise a study for this, but there are just too many variables.