🔵 Dr. Bill Sears on How to Raise a Smarter Baby – #4

hi I’m Kelly Thomas welcome to and
genius baby every week on interview leading expert to help you help your
child reach their full potential so that your child can become all that they are
born to be today we’re here with dr. William Sears an American pediatrician
and best-selling author of more than 40 books and countless articles on
nutrition and parenting he’s been a frequent guest on more than a hundred
television shows such as Good Morning America
CNN Oprah he’s the medical and parenting consultant for baby talk and parenting
magazine and the pediatrician on the website parenting calm doctor steroids
welcome thank you for being here Thank You Kelly it’s an honor to be with you
yes so you have written so many books I think almost every mom in America is
familiar with at least one of them so there are any particular stage of
development that you think is more important or more impactful than the
others well I think it’s really a birth to three years Kelly and here’s the
reason 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 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 weeds and the pests out the same thing in growing a baby brain you
give them smart food you give them lots of touch you give them lots of love you
respond to their needs in an appropriate way and that’s how you grow your baby
burn so that brings you to another question since it’s such an impactful
time do you think a child 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 yes there are kind of you use a wonderful term they’re
called malleable now the scientific term for that is called neuroplasticity
mmm-hmm no 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 their term fat really I’ve heard all this bad stuff about fat
wrong a baby spring is sixty percent fat so the way I get parents to remember
this is you are growing a little fat head 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 brain and a child
brain is fats number one Mama’s milk then at at six months I have this list
per ten Kelly that you’re coming into my office and you’re you’re you you want to
talk about beginning solid foods to grow a little fat head and I’d say okay first
food avocados whoa what’s different about avocados they’re the fattiest
fruit on earth Wow so avocados it’s at six months and this will surprise your
audience at seven months we begin salmon I have a big sign in my office
salmon at seven months and Herrick look at me really yeah you get a piece of
wild salmon and you mush it up and you place it on your finger in your place it
on baby’s tongue now here are the three magic words
shaping young tastes sleeping young taste
beginning at six months so you shaped their taste for fruits and veggies and
and good healthy fats like avocados and salmon and here’s another little thing
we do at six months I call it my sprinkles test because the
cominis question I get from parent is my child won’t eat vegetables right all
right so we have a little we have a little veggie talk at six months we have
a little veggie demonstration I open a capsule of concentrated ground-up
vegetables and lots of greens ten different greens all ground up into
capsules conscious plus and I opened the capsule and I have mom wet her finger
and I poured the greens on her finger the powder and she places it on baby’s
tongue little by little by little and the baby’s shapes it shapes the baby’s
taste toward vegetables and I’ll explain what’s going on because the brain is
hard to talk about briefly but this I’m gonna explain what happens so you put a
little bit of ground-up broccoli or kale or salmon or avocado on the tip of a
baby’s tongue and the tongue sends a text message to the brain and the brain
says like but your Facebook friends up the brain says I like broccoli I like
salmon I like avocado and then the head brain
sends a text to the gut brain that says hey gut coming down is really good food
you pretend you like it and then the gut brain doesn’t like it and their gut
brain texts the head brain says keep eating more vegetables it’s good for you
that’s what we call building in cravings at a very young age and a child Oh
interesting that you don’t do it through just introducing food I mean do you try
to give them all different kinds of food the real field and that wouldn’t work
just giving them something weird actually change their palate to help
them like food more exactly you mentioned another you mentioned the
magic words there Kelly real food mm-hmm just serve real foods we don’t feed
babies out of a box anymore gone are the days of rice cereal out of a box no no
think outside the box and and one of the reasons this is fairly new one of the
reasons for starting real foods and children and babies the real food diet
is called the microbiome now the microbiome is just a big word for gut
bugs the normal bacteria that live in your gut trillions of them now in return
for our free food and a warm place to live these bacteria do good things for
your body they make lots of natural medicines for your body and so real food
feeds the microbiome your gut bugs in a real good way so going back to I guess
foods to avoid are there any food that we should absolutely avoid in the early
Earth yes now I called these look for the bad words on the label now anything
with the number on it like red number forty blue number five yellow number six
and they sing with a a a number and a color on it that is red dye and that is
blue dye you don’t want that artificial food and you can bet that if there’s if
it has to be artificially colored there’s a lot of other bad stuff in
there so that’s number one secondly I fuck toast corn syrup number
two now this will be this is also new added sugar coming soon to the food
labels near you the beginning sometime in in 2018 manufacturers will have to
put on the food label grams of added sugar and night now they don’t have to
so it’s very complicated so are there any mistakes that parents
they’re feeding their child something healthy but it really event well yes
they they get that they get worried that their child doesn’t eat enough and I
hear this every day in my office doctor my child is such a picky eater oh my
child such a picky eater so I wondered if I hear that often and when a
pediatrician hears something every day you wonder is that normal and lo and
behold yes it is so if you could if I can show my fist a child’s tummy is the
size of their fist so what they needed each meal is a fistful of food so like
shaping young tastes are three magic words another three words are raised a
grazer children are born grazers they love to nibble all day which isn’t a bad
trait for we adults too so you’re saying just giving them the option to choose
for themselves will automatically make them to make healthier choices if you
only present healthy choices Kelly yeah that’s all that’s all they have in fact
pediatricians are getting a little more ingenious shall we say and and we we
we’ve been wimpy for a while and now we say to moms moms don’t be a nutritional
wimp don’t say oh honey you don’t like to
broccoli would you like me to make you some packaged mac and cheese no no no I
get a little experiment in my life in my laboratory my laboratory is my office
and I found that that I call them pure moms and pure kids those moms who never
let a morsel of anything but real food touch the lips of their precious
children for at least the first three years and then you know kids are gonna
be kids they will get to junk of birthday parties in school well what’s
different about these kids well number one they weren’t as sick as often and
number two they crave real foods because that’s all they know and then this is
interesting when they went to their first birthday
party and they got the big red velvet chocolate cake you know and all that
colored stuff mm-hmm they would come home say mommy I have yucky tummy aha
that’s because their tummy and their whole microbiome down there and all the
gut nerves have been programmed you eat real food you feel real good you eat
junk food you feel real bad that’s a programmer evil that’s what we
want to program our child to feel mm-hmm and so going back to the supplementation
so if your kids are the picky eater and aren’t eating it is safe to give them
some kind of supplementation yes we do the biggest deficiency that most
families and children have is they don’t eat enough seafood now fortunately here
in California we can get wild seafood all year-round so that’s the biggest
deficiency so we have most of them on omegas Omega threes it’s the biggest
efficiency so that’s the first sup woman I use and then the second supplement I
use is to make up for the deficiency of fruits and vegetables and I have moms
say I hold up your fist do you feed your children ten servings ten fistfuls of
fruits and vegetables every day that’s what they need and fistfuls they say no
so we add a fruit and vegetable supplement called Juice Plus so omega-3s
and juice plus are the two ones I mostly use in my office sometimes I use old
vitamin D oftentimes a probiotic to help their little gut bugs to grow their gut
garden but supplements Kelly are just that not not instead of real food mm-hmm
but they simply fill in the gaps when children aren’t eating say how much fish
they need they need two fistfuls so if they don’t get two fistfuls of wild
salmon every week then they need an omega-3 supplement if they don’t get ten
fistfuls of fruits and vegetable every day every day then they need a
fruit vegetable supplement so you’ve been doing this for decades working with
children and food what’s the most surprising thing that you’ve learned in
all your experience what I’ve learned and I give this tip to parents oh they
will say they will sometimes ask me well you know dr. bill what is the biggest
tips you can give me from what you’ve learned and I would I said to them
parenting is a series of reactions my child does this what do I do and am i
doing it right I say whatever your child does this they
throw a tantrum or something like that you first click into your mommy brain
and say get behind the eyes of your child and say if I were my child if I
were Susie how would I want my mother or my father to react if I were my child
how would I want my mother our Father to react and you’ll always get it right so
what is the most important thing you want a new mom to know there earlier you
start the better now you can make up for bad nutritional
habits at any time but we look at parenting Kelly as the best long-term
investment you can have you put your time in early on and you’re gonna sleep
a lot better later on and I’ve noticed this in my practice over the years like
I say I use my practice as a laboratory and those babies who are fed real food
those babies and children who are caring and touched a lot those babies whose
cries are answered appropriately those babies who are given lots of eye contact
and high-touch parenting they turn out with one big special quality and that is
empathy the capacity to care that’s what you’re building in that growing brain
you’re building their capacity to care center and there
is a real thing in a brain and an adult brain in a child brain called the
empathy Center our compassion center that’s what good compassion of parenting
helps your child become compassionate and our number-one problem in our world
today is lack of compassion yeah kids who don’t care the neighborhood bullies
the school bully you know I have never ever seen an attachment parented child
become a school bully so that’s what you do with your long term investment you
grow that compassion Center you turn out a compassionate child I agree I think
one of the best investments we can make and then our children and I so honored
to have you here to talk to you about all your wealth of knowledge and sharing
it with all the new moms and it was a real honor to have you here today well
thank you Kelly and and I get I get programs like this give me what I call
the helpers hi that set priceless feeling we doctors yet by perhaps a
listener out there a new mom a new dad or any age has changed the way they
parent for the better because of the program you and I did today so you and I
both have a very high dose of the helpers hi if you know someone who’d be
a great fit for the show come on over to ingenious baby calm and share your tips
and story ideas you are your baby’s first and best teacher

91 Replies to “🔵 Dr. Bill Sears on How to Raise a Smarter Baby – #4”

  1. Dr Sears is so fantastic and warm and knowledgable. I love his style of imparting his benefits of knowledge and experience. You get the sense that he really does care and that to me means so much. I wish all Doctors were like that. Thanks so much for interviewing him. I didn’t even realise I was doing attachment parenting until just now. I was just following my instincts. Sometimes little doubts start to creep in when you are surrounded by people who want to comment about the madness of ‘still’ breastfeeding my 13 month old, or say I’m spoiling my baby when I respond to my baby’s cries, co-sleep and refuse to let him cry it out! I learnt so so much from this segment and am definitely going to continue raising my baby the attachment parenting way. Who knew the brain was so fatty.!? Avocado and salmon are finding their way onto our plates tomorrow night 🙂

  2. I can't thank you enough for the video my question is if i do want to add salmon it wil be the preserved packed imported variety in india.is it ok to give that to the baby. Please reply

  3. Thanks for these video and all things u go was I am going but I had doubt that I was doing wrong now I am clear that I am growing my kid in right way

  4. Dr. Bill, I see a god in you. So wonderful explanation. if life permits i would love to take you to my home and give you all he caring and everything that one would give to their Parents. My deepest regards and love to you.. Thanks to you for being such a holy soul on mother earth…Thanks Doc.

  5. I love Dr. Sears. I've had two babies with protein intolerance and his advice on the elimination diet helped me figure out how to change my diet to make my baby's tummy happy. What a difference!

  6. I need to find an omega 3 that I can give my child. Any suggestions? Right now I give a multivitamin

  7. Great video!
    What foods can I eat so my milk is better for my baby?
    Fat foods. How about servings and/or amounts?
    Thank you.

  8. I hate when ppl say their kid won’t eat fruits/ veggys. Mine only get that or they don’t eat! They learn to like it

  9. I’m still breast feeding at 19 months and mines a picky eater so it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. She’s brilliant so it must be true lol. If I have another I’ll do the avocado and salmon and vegetable trick.

  10. This video was wonderful. My babies are both grown now but I guess it’s never to late to learn new things for many reasons. Hint hint…hopefully a grand baby one day.
    I’d like to ask a question. Being an adult (46 years) female, can you give me a few examples of a good supplement to take for heart, brain, eyesight, etc. And what is a probiotic for? I’m trying to lose the weight I’ve gained over the past year. So I don’t want to lack any vitamins trying to diet. Thanks.

  11. I barely give my 16 month old cookies or sweets but she loves her Provitas which is a Multigrain crispbread about 24g per 4 serving

  12. Dr Sears was my pediatrician back in the day in Hilton Head SC!!!! I’m always bragging about that fact 😊

  13. We can't purchase wild salmon in Australia (easily – I've never seen it) it's all farmed. Is it better to use that or another fatty wild fish?

  14. Salmon at seven months… for your "fat head" this guy did not look at science.
    Is fish a health food? The question is, compared to what? Compared to some of the healthiest foods—for example, fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains—fish are low in antioxidants and phytonutrients, lacking fiber, and do contain some cholesterol and saturated animal fat. While the consumption of whole plant foods has been associated with longer protective telomeres, the tips on each of our chromosomes that keep our DNA from unraveling and fraying, in contrast, consuming refined grains, soda, dairy, and meat, including fish, has been linked to shortened telomeres, a sign of cellular aging.

    Unless one can access a time machine and teleport back to the days before the Industrial Revolution, fish will remain the leading source of many toxic pollutants. In 2012, researchers published an analysis of the diets of kids aged two to seven. (Children are thought to be especially vulnerable to chemicals in the diet because they are still growing and thus have a comparatively greater intake of food and fluids relative to their weight.) Chemicals and heavy metals in kids’ bodies from the foods they ate were indeed found to exceed safety levels by a larger margin than in adults. Cancer risk ratios, for instance, were exceeded by a factor of up to 100 or more. For every child studied, benchmark levels were surpassed for arsenic, the banned pesticide dieldrin, and potentially highly toxic industrial by-products called dioxins. They were also too high for DDE, a by-product of DDT.

    Which foods contributed the most heavy metals? The number-one food source of arsenic was poultry among preschoolers and, for their parents, tuna. The top source for lead? Dairy. For mercury? Seafood. Eating just a single serving of fish each week during pregnancy, for example, can lead to more mercury in their infant’s body than injecting them directly with about a dozen mercury-containing vaccines.

    Where in the food supply are these pollutants found? Today, most DDT comes from meat, particularly fish. The oceans seem to have become, essentially, humanity’s sewer: Everything eventually flows into the sea. The same is true when it comes to dietary exposure to PCBs—another set of banned chemicals. A study of more than 12,000 food and feed samples across 18 countries found that the highest PCB contamination was found in fish and fish oil, followed by eggs, dairy, and then other meats. The lowest contamination was found at the bottom of the food chain, in plants.

    Hexachlorobenzene, another pesticide banned nearly a half century ago, today may be found mainly in dairy and meat, including fish. Perfluorochemicals, or PFCs? Overwhelmingly found in fish and other meats. The contaminants in fish may help explain studies showing an association between fish consumption and diabetes. To lower our pollutant exposure, we should try to eat as low on the food chain as possible.

    Check out this Video for the biggest study ever done on child's IQ:

  15. Thank you Dr.Sears for sharing your knowledge with us. The word compassionate was the key in this video. We as parents are not teaching our kids the importance of being compassionate. This is why we have so many wrong decisions being made by people this days . Thank you again Dr.Sears God bless you and family.

  16. My daughter just turned 6 months, she's my first baby so I really don't have experience. I would like to start feeding her avocados but how? Do i buy organic and mash them?

  17. This is so true, thanks for sharing. My son is three eats everything, and loves veggies and fruits. The first foods I gave him at six months was AVOCADOS, sweet potatoes bananas other steam veggies and everything else slowly. I never gave him cereal or processed food, from a can or gerbers. NO processed juice, I still don’t buy it, only special occasions like parties or when we travel and use it as a treat for good behavior.

    In my humble opinion I do suggest to make your own fresh juice and foods besides it is cheaper. For babies mashed or blend real foods and you’ll thank yourself later. Once they’re older chopping and preparing foods may require a little work and extra time but is totally worth it. I work full time, do ministry and learned to manage time so I can continue to prepare foods for my family everyday, I think we can all do it.

    Exposing my son to real food as a baby I always thought that was the reason why he loves to eat but now that I watch this video truly confirms my suspicion. One more thing I noticed is that he is only been sick with minor colds three times since birth (Thank God). So if you’re a new mommy, follow the advice from this video and built a healthy eater. Kiss them, hug them tight non stop and take them outside to explore. Blessings 👍🏼

  18. Yes that Helpers' high just reached me as I felt your sincerity in this video. thank you as I will be showing this to my husband as soon as he gets home. We want our baby to be as healthy as possible. Gerson Healthy haha

  19. I breastfed my daughter & she’s really smart .. and I was so stressed with my second baby I didn’t breastfeed him and he’s now 18 months and still doesn’t talk. But he eats almost everything I give him, he loves fruits and salmon and all the good stuff unlike my daughter who doesn’t eat fruit or vegetables. I regret not breastfeeding my son 😭

  20. Wonderful video. My 21 month old is still breastfed, eats real food and has never been left to cry it out. She was an early talker and everyone is amazed at how clever and alert she is. I have actually been criticised by some for not allowing her junk food but I figure she has all her years ahead to eat that if she wants but I will give her the best start whilst I can at this age, and so far it’s paying off. It’s a short time of dedication in the grand scheme of things and it’s so worth it.

  21. He is talking about the stuff we traditionally fed babies. Additionally we give coconut milk in food and pumpkin and stuff too. Lot of crushed greens.
    Again its back to basics after going a big posh round.

  22. Waaao ,such a amazing person. Thank you so much for sharing vedio. Its very useful for new moms. Q&A boht 👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍

  23. Good day! New dad here. Awesome info about the avocatos. Unfortunately mom doesn't have much milk as 1 minth now. I wish he had talked about the newborn suplements powder in the market. I bet he has in a other video link. Had anyone seen it? The best to all. Long live empathy"

  24. Dr. Sears. People like you are the real heroes of humankind and a nation. Not hollywood stars/actors/ singer. Yet they get all the $$ and attention. People like you are the ones that matter. Love you and your videos. God could not be there for everyone and so he made people like you. Thank you very much.

  25. Thank the Dr for making these videos and for stating how every day activities
    with food,etc..are looked over so easily and to hear someone explain the right amount and the right foods and proper vitamins they need. As well as how to overcome a picky eater and really get word out

  26. Wow! This was such a great interview! I'm a new mom and believe in all things natural! My baby girl is 4 months old, and still breastfeeding exclusively, but this helped give me great ideas for when it's time to introduce solids:) Thank you for this!

  27. IQ is highly heritable and environment and diet have VERY little effect on it. You can lower IQ of a child with malnutrition and high stress environment… but as for raising it? Nope. 2-3 points *maybe*, but that's about it.

  28. Giving a shout out to our friend and colleague, Dr. Sears and his latest book, "The Dr. Sears T5 Wellness Plan book (5 changes in 5 weeks)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPQ54yiKsFA&feature=youtu.be

  29. Thank you for having him. I am now following his channel. He just verified all the things I have been doing for my son and it just made my heart so happy. Thank you Dr.Sears for sharing this very critical message.

  30. send this guy back to the 1990s,because his infomation is outdated. Omega 3s and fish are bad for you just like meat, organic he never mentioned, never mentioned vaccines or floruide or chemicals.

  31. Hello dr my son 18 month old.he have infentilspams he was 4 month old . Now he stop medicine .he was very happy boy he start walking but he not stand on . Dr can you tell this age how can understand me my son brain working properly.

  32. First food is cooked egg yolks and organic liver. Best book on nutrition is sally Fallon nourishing traditions. Fruits and veggies are devoid of natural fats and deep nutrition. Animal products are priority until 2-3 years old. Kids normally don’t like veggies since they are difficult to digest.

  33. Hi my son is 5month old. He is on totally breastfeed.After 6month should i start with avocado? And how much quantity? And should i have to added anything in that? He was born premature so i have worried about his brain development. Please advise me.
    Thank you

  34. What do you think of increase your IQ of 20 points using Rotogenflux Methods? I see many people keep on speaking about Rotogenflux Methods.

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