Did you know that your little princess has been eavesdropping on your conversations right from inside your womb?
In fact, hearing begins in the womb as early as six weeks after conception and gradually develops into understanding. The sounds that your darling hears from inside the womb prepare her for life in the world outside. The first and most familiar sound a baby hears, even in the womb, is the mother’s voice! “Your infant prefers high-frequency tones like the female voice, probably because she can hear them better. Maybe that's why it's natural for adults to adopt a high-pitched singsong voice (also known as ’motherese‘) when talking to babies”, says Parents magazine.
Isn’t it delightful to notice how your infant reacts and responds to different sounds? Have you been astonished at how the parent’s voice can calm a crying baby? Hearing is a major way by which your child takes in information. Amazingly, hearing development in children can be monitored according to standardised milestones. For these reasons and more, it is integral to the growth of your little angel that you interact with her through reading, singing and nursery rhymes for the first year after birth.
Problems with hearing can indicate other health problems and it is advisable to have your child’s hearing checked periodically. You might be asking yourself these questions now: How can I identify hearing problems? Are there ways to prevent hearing loss? How clear are the sounds that a fetus hears? What is the difference between hearing and listening?
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