Your Baby and Music

You might often hear people saying that your baby will be more intelligent if you make him listen to music before his birth. No research supports this conclusion, but one thing is sure: music does affect your baby in the womb!

How neat is it to feel your baby’s kicks or sudden stillness in response to the sounds of your favorite music?! Beginning somewhere in the sixth month of pregnancy, your baby is capable of hearing external sounds. He can hear the music, and that means he can rock to the beat!

If you’re asking what is the right way to play music for your unborn child you should know that you can either put your headphones on your abdomen, or simply play some music on the stereo. In case you go the headphones route you should limit it to no more than an hour a day, since the music is up close and the amniotic fluid is actually a good conductor of sound; so you may over stimulate your baby. If you choose the stereo, don’t raise its volume because it can also harm or startle your baby. Lullabies or classics are the most recommended, but most music will do as long as it’s calming! You can also sing for your baby yourself, which brings him the most calming effect!

Remember: play music because you enjoy it, not because you’re trying to make your unborn baby smarter. Music makes you relax or fall asleep, and when a woman relaxes, that’s good for the baby; from here comes the indirect effect of music on the baby.

One more important and very interesting thing you should know: studies have proved that babies can remember melodies they heard in the womb. Play the same few songs for your baby in your third trimester, and after he’s born replay the same CD and watch him remember the rhythm and feel soothed!