Learning starts in the womb: How to encourage your little one’s early learning

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It's absolutely incredible to discover just how much learning your little one does while in your womb! Find out more by reading this article...

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Pregnancy is without a doubt, an amazing experience. Did you know that your baby’s learning starts in the womb?

One of the things you may talk about and read up on even during pregnancy is your developing child’s learning. There are so many ways to encourage learning in your little one right from the start.

Right from the early weeks of pregnancy, your developing baby is not only growing physically at an incredible rate, but has in fact, started many learning processes.

From brain development to complex senses such as touch and hearing, these reflect 360° Development in Cognitive, Motor, Emotional and Communications skills.

Cognitive skills: Memories start in the womb

What’s happening: Isn’t it quite incredible that your child’s brain starts to develop when you are just five weeks pregnant1? It continues to grow throughout your pregnancy, forming complex parts that take on specific roles such as interpreting sounds and storing memories2.

In fact, researchers have found that the fetal brain is capable of laying down short-term memories and perhaps even some long-term memories too3. Studies have also discovered that the developing fetus is able to learn the particular speech sounds of his mother’s language4.

What you can do: Read to your developing baby to help boost his literacy skills and cognitive development.

earning starts with the womb

Mums, play music to your baby during pregnancy – this will help with his physical and social development.

Physical skills: Your active child

What’s happening: Your developing baby is able to detect and respond to sounds outside the womb by waving his arms, kicking his legs and moving around. And you can watch all this activity with amazement and love when you go for your three-month scan.

As fascinating as it is to see and know that your developing baby is actively moving about in your womb, each kick and movement has a very important purpose. They all help strengthen his overall motor function2.

What you can do: Musical stimulation allows you to interact with your developing baby through movement and helps establish future physical and social development. Medical experts say that developing babies even breathe in time to music they enjoy while in the womb5!

So, remember to play plenty of tunes to your developing child and even sing to him while you are pregnant to either get him dancing, or to calm him down.

Did you know that from very early on in your pregnancy, your developing baby is starting to communicate with you? Find out more on the next page.

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