Of course, I’m biased as a mother to think that my child is the cutest, sweetest and smartest of them all like all mothers are. But when it comes to the smarts I think my kid actually is leaps and bounds beyond his months.
This could be due to a lot of things like great genes, a brain-brain boosting diet or his family teaching him to learn from a very early age. I’m sure it’s all of the above and more but today I want to share what I really think helped my kiddo to get the wheels turning, pre-natally.
Wanting to give my child the upper hand on cognitive abilities I got super nerdy and started researching. I came across this product that a friend also recommended called Baby Plus. It’s a pre-natal learning system using sound to start making neural connections in the fetus’ brain. The science made complete sense to me so I discussed it with my husband and we gave it a whirl.
When I was 20 weeks pregnant, his little sea monkey ears were just finishing up. The only things he could hear were my heart pumping, the whooshing of my blood, the gurgles of my GI tract, etc. I read that it’s actually quite loud in the womb, as loud as a vacuum cleaner!
That’s why loudly shushing an infant helps to calm them down when they cry.
Any how, the consistent beat of my heart was the baby’s constant and earliest frame of reference. Baby Plus is a little device that makes a sound similar to a heart beat. I wore it in a little fanny pack, (yes a fanny pack!) around my belly, for an hour twice a day.
So baby is used to hearing my heart beat and then there’s suddenly another “heart beat”. He’s like “whoa, what’s that?!” —which equals a thought in my book! So baby just had his first thought! If you want to get all sciencey about it, he created a neural pathway. It’s a connection between two neurons. Each time I’d wear the little fanny pack, baby would go: “hey, there’s that thing again!” and strengthen the connection between those neurons, thus creating a neural network.
More connections in the brain are related to a higher IQ.
The Baby Plus has 20 different settings, varying in degrees of complexity. So each week you essentially change the rhythm and baby is hopefully trying to figure out what song you're playing.
At first wear, the fanny pack was pretty dorky and loud. But as with all new practices you have to give them a fair chance, so I did. I soon looked forward to the rhythmic beats and found it very relaxing. I used that time to read a baby book, journal or simply commune with my child.
Of course, I don’t have a double-blind peer-reviewed study that proves that my kid is now the smartest kid on the block but he sure does excel past his 21 months of age in so many ways: socially, cognitively, physically, etc. He loves playing music, dancing, singing, pretending, reading, he uses a fork and a pen like an adult, he is very affectionate, kind and fast as a whip; I could go on, as any mother would be able to. People who meet our little man are completely shocked at how well he listens, speaks, understands and expresses himself. Bottom line, I'm completely pleased with our decision to use the Baby Plus. I’ll use it with my next little sea monkey, and maybe you’ll look into it too.