Contrary to popular belief, your baby’s not born as a blank slate, but has the ability to remember experiences they lived inside the womb. Studies have shown that newborns react to and remember sounds that they heard in their fetal period. With the proper stimulation, your baby might be able to:

1. Recognize familiar environmental sounds and melodies
2. Discriminate between your native language and others
3. Recognize your voice

Any type of prenatal learning makes it easier for your baby to learn a language during their early years. It’s been stated that your baby may begin their auditory learning as early as week 27. Furthermore, a correlation has been found between your baby’s exposure to sounds, particularly speech, and greater brain activity.

This awesome ability your baby has to react and be influenced by the sounds they’re exposed to, is a two-sided coin. It seems likely that there could be adverse prenatal sounds your baby’s subject to which may have harming effects later on. Just like any adult, your baby may quickly become uncomfortable with noisy and disruptive environments.

It’s amazing how something as simple as singing and talking to your baby can help tremendously with their linguistic and cognitive development. Your baby’s favorite sound is without a doubt your voice. Studies suggest that the ability for your newborn to recognize your face is most likely linked to their prenatal learning of your voice (your baby remembers!)

What all this information tells us, beyond the impact on your baby’s language skills, is that they have a tiny brain that has unique learning and memory capabilities. So, now that you know that, regulate your exposure to certain harmful stimuli, and nurture your baby with positive sounds while they are still in your womb.