Exposing your baby to certain sounds while still in the womb could lead to wonderful things after the baby’s birth. Patricia Hughes explains, for More4Kids:
“TOYS, MUSIC CDS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE MUSIC TO UNBORN AND NEWBORN BABIES TOUT THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF MUSIC ON DEVELOPING BABIES. EXPECTANT PARENTS MAY WONDER IF THEY SHOULD PURCHASE THESE PRODUCTS, OR FEAR THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR BABY AT A DISADVANTAGE IF THEY DON’T LISTEN TO ENOUGH, OR THE RIGHT KIND OF MUSIC. EXPERT OPINIONS VARY REGARDING WHETHER MUSIC HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT.”
The potential for kids to have an ear (no pun intended) for music during the early stages of their lives may be due to their mothers being musically inclined while carrying them in the womb. A fetus’ ears start forming at four months and are complete by six months; your baby’s adventure with sound can begin at that point. One way you can apply aural stimulation before and during the child development stages is by using an audio system like BabyPlus.
The BabyPlus Prenatal Education System introduces patterns of sound to the fetus based on the sound he or she is most familiar with: your heartbeat. Experts noted that amniotic fluid carries sound to the fetus. It amplifies low-pitched sounds and muffles high-pitched ones.
Two of the more common sounds your child listens to are your voice talking and your heartbeat. Your child’s developed ears and sensory functions enable him or her to react to these sounds.
Hughes states that the music’s volume and manner of playing can have mixed results in the baby’s development. For instance, using headphones while listening to fast, upbeat tunes at a slightly higher volume may come across as too loud for the baby.
Using a prenatal audio system like BabyPlus right over the abdomen is meant to stimulate the brain through prerecorded natural sounds. A scientifically based program emitted from the BabyPlus system will help you create the proper scheduling, volume and timing of its use. Remember, though, that the use of the system is optimal beginning when you are halfway through your pregnancy, as your child’s ears would be almost fully developed by then.
Effective use of prenatal audio programs is seen to make a difference later during the infant development phase. Hughes says the music helps generate more stimuli in the brain from the baby’s response to gentler sounds. In turn, the increased brain stimulation could lead to better cognitive and motor skills for the baby, and to early-than-normal manifestations of language capabilities.
(Source: Pregnancy and the Effect of Music on the Fetus, More4Kids)
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