Playing Music To The Fetus
It is known that the fetus in the womb can hear sounds very early at the second trimester, playing sounds and music to the fetus is a delightful way to bond with your baby. If you like some kind of music and if listening to music makes you feel good, than your fetus will enjoy the music too, and will enjoy the fact that you are relaxed.
Can The Fetus Hear The Music
Yes, the fetuses can hear sounds and music from twenty-six weeks. It have been researched that fetuses which hear music have their heart beat increase with the beat of the music. Playing music to the fetus is not a waste of time, the baby will hear the sounds and tones and will react to them.
Does Playing Music To The Fetus Makes Them Smarter
Will fetuses which listen to music become smarter kids? Maybe..
There are some research results which indicate that fetuses which listen to music show better development such as “linguistic development, some aspects of body-sensory coordination, and certain cognitive behaviors..”. This does not mean music will pump their IQ higher, but having better linguistic development is some kind of ‘head start’ for babies, and some aspects of body-sensory coordination is the key to better performance later on in life.
No wonder such research can cause parents to think playing music to the fetus inside the womb will make their child the next Einstein. Here is one research which was brought by the National Association For Music Education :
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the Firstart prenatal stimulation method, which attempts to “advance the intellectual and physical development of the fetus by means of musical stimuli” (Lafuente et al., 1997, p. 152).
Procedure: One-hundred-seventy-two maternity patients who were enrolled in a birth preparation course participated in this study. The mothers were separated into experimental and control groups. For an average of seventy hours from about twenty-eight weeks to the end of pregnancy, the mothers in the experimental group wore small speakers attached to a waistband and connected to a tape player that played a series of eight tapes of violin sounds. After the births of their babies, all of the mothers charted the onset of their infants’ behaviors from zero to six months utilizing the Observational Scale of Development.
Results: The behaviors of the experimental-group babies were significantly advanced compared to the behaviors of the control-group babies. The experimental-group babies were superior in gross and fine motor activities, linguistic development, some aspects of body-sensory coordination, and certain cognitive behaviors. Read More…
Smart parents tend to grow smart kids.. the way to grow a smart kid is mysterious voodoo or shortcuts. Playing music to the unborn baby, is a sign that the parents are aware of such possibilities and invest in that direction at a very early stage.
Small Speakers Attached to a Waistband
If you have read the research above you will notice that the experimental group was using a waistband to play music to the baby inside the womb. Babies can hear room sounds and music too, but the best way to play music into the womb is by placing soft speakers on the mom’s abdominal at the waist line.
There are such music waist bands (like this Surround Sound Pregnancy Therapy System) one which can be connected to MP3 players and even to smart-phones and iPhones. The mother can wear them during the day, and the baby will hear the music picked by the parents.
Tips To Fetus Music Playing
- Make sure that the volume is not too loud. If it is uncomfortable to you, it is probably too loud to the baby too.
- Pick a classic music CD or tracks, play them at the house. The baby will recognize them too.
- If you enjoy the music so will the fetus.
- Record dad reading or singing tunes, and play it to the baby later on.
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