Those who know Doug Sailors are well aware of his extensive background in business and nonprofit work. A few may not know of his involvement in the structured purchase of Sequoia Petroleum Corporation by Baby Bee Bright and fewer may not know of the two patents he holds for Fetal Educator Strap. The strap is patented by Doug Sailors because he believes educational material can be transmitted to the baby in utero.
Parents everywhere are aware of how quickly newborns and infants learn. They pick up habits good and bad but continued evidence supports the idea that learning begins in the womb. “We are aware of the baby’s ability to pick up vocal patterns in the womb. This is how they are able to recognized the cadence of their mother’s voice and other close family members after birth,” explains Doug Sailors.
Research supports Doug Sailors belief in the learning capabilities of fetuses. “By the end of the second trimester, a fetus is capable of hearing. Even though sound is distorted, the repetition of a book is recognized by newborns first exposed to it inside the womb,” says Doug Sailors. The ability to recognize the book points to learning and the recognition of patterns in the womb.
Studies in regards to fetal learning extend to the 1980s. “The earliest tests were to test if babies would recognize the mother’s voice from strangers. The conclusion was that, yes they do. More recently, examining the heartbeat of fetuses has led to the theory and belief that fetuses can develop preferences for people, stories, and music,” says Doug Sailors.
So what can people do advance the education of their fetus? In many cases it comes down to expanding and alternating baby’s exposure. Since development in the womb is based off of sound, exercising baby’s mind is accomplished by alternating patters of sound and increased communication is beneficial.
More and more research is finding that what is heard commonly in the womb influences babies outside the womb. “It is theorized that babies exposed to multiple languages in the womb have are better able to pick up on second languages after birth. The findings come from monitoring fetuses who respond to mothers who predominately speak one language and the rare instances they speak in a second language. Babies prefer their mother’s dominant language,” says Doug Sailors. This can help parents get a jump start on developing their baby’s language skills before birth.
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