Monday, June 9, 2008

Prenatal Learning

I think we are all familiar with the expression, a baby's brain is like a sponge. In fact, Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and author of the book "Baby 411" said, "Babies' brains are little sponges, but we didn't realize how much they absorb". We can see how much a baby learns, even in his or her first hours after birth. Almost immediately after birth, babies learn to suck milk from their Momma, drink the milk, cry when they're hungry, and stop crying when they are held.

Researchers were surprised to find that babies brains are stimulated by hearing a simple story the same way as an adult brain would be. Researchers were also surprised to see stimulation in the part of the brain that puts sentences together, called the Broca. This doesn't mean the child understands what is being said, but it can tell the difference between words and put them together.

One thing to remember, however, is that babies don't have a sensor that responds to air allowing them to start learning as soon as they are born. Instead, babies begin to learn and adapt to their environment long before they leave their mom's womb. Many studies have been done to prove this fact. Researchers have found that babies respond to different stimulants in a variety of ways. For example, when prenatal infants hear music, they begin to move in more rhythmic patterns trying to synchronize their body movements to the beat.

Some benefits of prenatal learning include:

Have increased ability to self soothe
Are more interactive and responsive
Are more relaxed and alert at birth.
And later in life, these children demonstrate:
Earlier developmental milestones
Improved school readiness and intellectual abilities
Greater curiosity and independence, and
Longer attention spans

One great Prenatal Infant System is the Baby Plus. Prenatal stimulation can improve your baby's ability to learn for the future. To find out more about Prenatal Stimulation and the Baby plus Click Here.