|My husband wants to play music to the baby while I am pregnant.
Am I wrong to be sceptical?
From the six month mark, babies in the womb can hear well,
but the higher range of sounds are filtered out by the uterus.
One of the advantages of playing music to babies in the womb
is to establish familiar sounds. After birth the baby is thrust
into a new and confusing world, and listening to familiar
sounds can be extremely calming for some babies. There is
evidence that music such as that of Mozart has beneficial
effects on brain activity.
New and interesting scientific work has shown that newborns
show a marked preference for the sound of voices over other
sounds. Babies given dummies which emit speech-like sounds
when sucked, were shown to suck considerably more than babies
with normal dummies! No-one is sure if this proves an inherent
inclination towards speech-like sounds, or if the familiarity
of these sounds is the attraction.
In the meantime playing lovely music to your baby can only
be positive. Even if the only benefit is that you, the tired
pregnant woman, get a chance to sit and relax, that in itself
is a bonus for your baby. Indulge your husband and enjoy
the fact that he is so interested in your pregnancy. Chances
are his instincts are right.