You’ve probably also heard about the benefits of allowing your child to listen to prenatal music. You might have even made a mental note of a few places where you can buy a couple of classical music CDs to try out.
Of course, the “effectiveness” of letting your baby listen to prenatal music is highly dependent on how you go about it. If you implement this practice in the right way, the wonders it can do for your baby may be limitless. Here are a few things to keep in mind to take full advantage of prenatal music:
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to crank up the volume so your baby can hear the music better. According to experts, the fluids in the womb serve as a great sound conductor. Playing music at high volumes could lead to irritability and could even cause hearing impairment.
As to when you should start using a trusted prenatal sound system like the BabyPlus Prenatal Educational System, experts say your 18th week is the recommended time. By this time, the baby’s hearing is almost fully developed, enabling him or her to differentiate sounds.
In terms of actually listening to music, there is no right or wrong time to listen to music. However, the best time to do so would be when you are taking the time to rest as well. During this time, your baby is less exposed to cortisol (stress hormone), allowing them to associate the music with more pleasant feelings.
It is often said that “variety is the spice of life”, and that definitely holds true when it comes to playing prenatal music. According to an article by Dr. Oz, you should try playing different types of music, as well as talking to your baby:
“THIS WILL HELP STIMULATE BABY’S SENSES AND IMPROVE HIS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT SOUNDS AND SCENES IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT HELPS ESTABLISH CONNECTIONS FROM ONE SET OF NEURONS—THE NERVE CELLS OF THE BRAIN—TO ANOTHER. THIS IS HOW WE ALL LEARN. THESE NEURAL STRUCTURES ARE SHAPED LIKE A TREE AND ROOT SYSTEM. A BABY’S BRAIN IS EXTREMELY PLASTIC, MEANING THAT IT CAN CONSTANTLY ADAPT AND MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TREES.”
(Source: Should You Read to Your Unborn Baby? Oprah.com)
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