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Music in the Womb

Music in the Womb

Does making your baby listen to music when in the womb have a positive effect?

When Smriti was pregnant, she would listen to the same tape of bhajans everyday, twice a day: once in the morning, and once in the evenings. When her son was born, every time he would start crying, she would turn on the tape for him, and he would calm down almost instantly. She swears making her child listen to soothing music when she was pregnant was probably the smartest things she had done. Her child was also a relatively calm and peaceful baby, and when she would see her friends struggling with their screaming babies, she thanked her stars for the brilliant advice given to her by her mother.

Is it is necessary to listen to soft, soothing music?

Research suggests that you don't have to listen to very slow music. Pop music too can help calm your baby, as your baby will find it easier to identify beats, and rhythmic sounds work well with babies. However, also remember that a baby's breathing pattern changes according to beats, and listening to pounding music with rapid beats for an extended period may stress out your baby.

What music is best?

Various experiments have shown that plants exposed to classical music all day, thrive and grow well. On the other hand, plants exposed to heavy metal music all day shrivelled up. Heavy metal music had a very definite negative impact on plants. Although this doesn't mean that it will have the same negative effect on your baby, heavy metal music is not soothing, either for the mother or for the baby, and as such, it will certainly have no positive impact on your child. In addition, beats are random rather than rhythmic, and sudden shifts in volume may startle your child. Religious music and mantras impart positive vibrations and are a good idea. Stick to a mix of classical, pop and religious music and chants.

Can music make my child smarter?

There is really no evidence to support the theory that making your child listen to music when in the womb will make him smarter, although research does suggest that encouraging children in the age group of 3-4 years to listen to certain kinds of music, especially instrumental, can increase skills like math.

How do I make my baby hear music?

Don't expect your baby to hear the music you are listening to on your ipod with headphones! You need to have music playing on your player, or you could place headphones over your belly if you don't want to listen in. The music doesn't have to be very loud for your child to be able to hear it. The placenta is a good carrier of sound and your baby should be able to hear music playing at a fairly low volume.

How much music should I make my child listen to?

It is never a good idea to overdo anything. Although you can certainly have music playing in the background for a longer time, if you are playing music directed at your abdomen, limit it to a couple of hours a day. You don't want to interfere too much with your child's sleep, or with her breathing patterns.

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Mary G.
Mary G..6 years ago
This is a very interesting article indeed! The first human organ that becomes fully developed is the inner ear – a four and a half month old embryo already has a completely developed (repetition) acoustic organ. It seems highly important for humans to be able to hear. What does this little being want to hear in the mother’s womb? – the rhythm of the heartbeat. The melody of the maternal voice. As soon as the baby is born the mother sings him or her to sleep, sings songs to cheer up or to console the child. Immediately he or she reacts to these sounds and attempts to imitate them. Children are born with rhythm and a wonderful musical instrument – the voice. Every person possesses a natural connection to music. The term person has its root in the Latin verb personare – which is compounded of the prefix per (= through) and sonare (= to sound) – to sound through. Music runs through us. All these are from a similar concept book "Unleash the Secret of Education and learn how to raise a happy child" by Hans-Peter Becker. This book was a wake-up call for me.
Jay.9 years ago
an informative article. a good one.
sumi.9 years ago
please suggest me the name of the cds which contains soft music.
Neha.9 years ago
can someone suggest some cd's that one can listen to?
meenakshi.9 years ago
the expectant mothers can listen to the ojas for expectant mothers cd. this cd has been released by a pandit called tatvamasit dixit. he had done research on the vedic hymns and has compiled the important mantras from the vedas and has released this cd. this is a very effective cd and it gives very good results. this gives unbeleivable results. so i have been referring this cd for any pregnant ladies and i am also listening it since my third month. the greatest change i happened to notice was i started feeling the baby movements as early as three and a half months. the baby is very responsive to the mantras. so you also listen to the same and enjoy the benefits.
HONEY.9 years ago
i'm already on my seventh month can i start listening to music
HONEY.9 years ago
i'm already on my seventh month can i start listening to music
triveni.9 years ago
great information.

thanks so very much.
MetalMom.9 years ago
your article is complete bs. metal is the only type of music that does soothe me. you shouldn't judge everyone just because you don't likethe music.
kusbi.9 years ago
fatus will be affected more by beats than sound.
i reccomend solo play over tabla forpregnant women.
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