A new study, said to be the first of its kind, reveals that babies begin learning the distinctive sounds of their native language while in utero.
Researchers from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State have found that infants show interest in the vowels of their native language only hours after being born.
“These little ones had been listening to their mother’s voice in the womb, and particularly her vowels for ten weeks,” explains coauthor Patricia Kuhl. “The mother has first dibs on influencing the child’s brain.”
“The fact that the infants can learn the vowels in utero means they are putting some pretty sophisticated brain centers to work, even before birth,” she adds. “We can’t waste early curiosity.”
The findings, announced Wednesday, are set to be published in a future edition of the journal Acta Paediatrica.
Babycentre.uk advises moms-to-be to talk and sing to their baby bump, which will help bonding, and after birth, your newborn will pay more attention to your voice than others.