The BabyPlus Prenatal Education System is designed to strengthen your baby’s development with patented, scientifically designed audio lessons. Created by a developmental psychologist, this simple and safe system introduces natural, rhythmic sounds to your prenatal child. This auditory exercise unlocks your baby’s potential as he or she learns to differentiate the progressive patterns of BabyPlus from the mother’s heartbeat. Just like a prenatal vitamin encourages strong physical development, BabyPlus encourages strong cognitive development, giving your newborn a head start with benefits that will last a lifetime.
BabyPlus parents report that babies at birth and infancy:
- more readily nurse
- display an increased ability to self-soothe
- are more interactive and responsive
- are more relaxed and alert at birth
and, later in life, the babies demonstrate:
- earlier developmental milestones
- improved school readiness
- enhanced intellectual abilities
- greater creativity and independence
- longer attention spans
It is difficult to ascertain whether the prenatal education that a parent does is due to a specific piece of equipment like the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System or if it is due to other contributing factors. From my standpoint, however, I see nothing wrong with doing ALL that I can to improve Little Bit’s life-after-womb experience. This non-invasive technique is simple to use; I strap it around my ever-growing belly twice daily, turn it on, and go about my business. When I was pregnant with my first child, I taught fourth grade; I talked all day. I read aloud, we listened to music, and the children kept Baby’s ears happy with their chatter. Now, with homeschooling and raising three other children, I still read aloud, we listen to music, and we chatter, but not to the same extent. BabyPlus is good for those quiet times to stimulate her growing brain and hopefully to bring about the positive traits that the research of BabyPlus claims.
The sound is much like bongos being drummed rhythmically. It is different with each lesson which one repeats one to three times depending on when she begins using the BabyPlus. The beats for each lesson are different; toward the end, they speed up quite a bit. I find the beating quite soothing, and, quite frankly, if I wear the Baby Plus after the kiddos’ bedtime of 7:30 while I am watching television, I usually sack out because of the repetitive beats. Luckily, the BabyPlus shuts off automatically after 60 minutes, so you don’t need to worry about timing the lessons or wasting batteries. It is interesting to note that after using BabyPlus a few times, I have noticed that Little Bit actually becomes responsive and quite active when the beating begins. I think she might like it! :0)
The earliest to begin BabyPlus is eighteen weeks; however, the instruction manual includes a Lesson Calculator so that your baby will be able to go through all sixteen lessons before Week 32. If you don’t deliver by Week 32, don’t fret; just repeat Lesson 16 until you deliver.
Again, while I do have a bit of skepticism about BabyPlus because my other three children are all ahead developmentally in their academic, physical, and social skills, I know that non-invasive prenatal enrichment cannot hurt my child and can only BOOST her in her infancy and beyond. I am looking forward to realizing the benefits of the BabyPlus and sharing it with other moms that I know.
WHAT IS PRENATAL LEARNING?
Every mother knows that her child’s physical development begins during the crucial prenatal months. Taking a prenatal vitamin to enrich a child’s nutritional environment is the standard-of-care for providing an optimal environment during a child’s earliest physical development.
It is widely acceptable that a child’s learning ability begins during those same prenatal months. Educators, scientists, criminologists and physicians alike have long ago acknowledged the vital importance of a healthy and enriched prenatal environment as it pertains to the long-term development and learning ability of a child. An age-appropriate prenatal curriculum strengthens a child’s ability to learn during the developmental period when the advantages will be most significant for the child.
In the prenatal months, the brain is at its most receptive stage of learning. The prenatal baby’s hearing is fully developed by the 18th week of pregnancy. Independent studies have demonstrated that, for the duration of the pregnancy, the baby can actually compare and contrast simple sounds. By encouraging this simple ‘auditory exercise’ during this crucial period, these studies have demonstrated that the child may realized significant long-term benefits. Dr. Mark Pitzer, PhD writes, “Research suggests that a child’s intellectual development is influenced equally by their inherited genetic blueprint and the early immediate environment.” This crucial early environment is not just the “0 to 3” years of age that we hear so much about, but actually the “prenatal to 3” years of age.
An expectant mother’s uterus is not a ‘soundproof booth’. The developing child can certainly hear many of the sounds and noises in his or her mother’s external environment. However, these sounds are fairly fleeting. The one true and consistent sound presented to the child naturally during those months in the mother’s heartbeat. For the duration of pregnancy, this is the natural language heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a natural, simple, and repetitive sound. Therefore, to truly communicate with and encourage early comparative learning during the prenatal months, sounds like the mother’s heartbeat are the most developmentally appropriate.
|Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl into the family in March of 2012.|
*Our BabyPlus arrived as a part of the Pregnancy 2.0 party kit, sponsored by MomSelect. All opinions, where expressed, are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.