Do you know that having a conversation regularly to your baby in the womb helps them to improve their life? In this article you will find advantages of talking to your baby in the womb and how to get more attached with your baby during pregnancy.
Dear new moms-to-be, its true that pregnancy is just the beginning of a life-long love affair with your child. The early weeks can be tiring and stressful, and it’s easy to feel a bit disconnected from your growing baby. But anyways you can keep motivated yourself during tough times of your pregnancy. As soon as your pregnancy progresses, and your bump grows, you’ll start to feel much more like a mum-to-be. You must be very excited to know that around 18 weeks of pregnancy, your little one hears their very first sounds. By 24 weeks, those little ears are rapidly developing. The mother’s voice can be heard because it is amplified by her body. Your baby’s sensitivity to sound will improve even more as the weeks pass. The limited sounds your baby hears around this point in your pregnancy are noises you may not even notice.
How can researchers tell about baby’s sound catching quality? This question must have strike you. Here is the answer.
Kuhl and colleagues used a high-tech pacifier that was connected to a computer that measured infants’ reactions to sounds. The study included 80 infants who were, on average, about 30 hours old and from Tacoma, Wash., and Stockholm, Sweden. They listened to vowel sounds in their native language and a foreign tongue while sucking on the pacifier.
Vowels are the loudest units in speech. The number of times they suck on the pacifier indicates which vowel sounds attracted their attention. Babies sucked longer for foreign languages than their native tongue in both countries, the study showed.
Baby in the womb hearing development timeline
During 4th to 5th week of pregnancy, cells in the embryo start to arrange themselves into baby’s face, brain, nose, ears, and eyes. During 9th week, indention appear where baby’s ear will grow. During 18th week, baby starts to hear, during 24th week baby is more sensitive to sound. And finally during 25-26th week baby responds to noise/voices in the womb.
Well! You must have found yourself looking at bump and wanting to strike up a conversation. Talking to your baby in the womb is something that feels natural to many of us. It’s like getting to know your little one before they’ve even entered the world. However, it now seems as though we aren’t as crazy as we once thought. In fact, talking to your baby could help them to live happy-healthy-long life.
Here are few advantages of talking to your baby in womb
Baby learn words in the womb
Talking to your baby in the womb will help them to learn words but it does not mean that baby will come out speaking a fluent language. At least, not at first anyway. However, many studies have shown that having conversation to your baby in the womb can help them recognize certain words. Although the babies won’t be able to say or use the words themselves for a few years, hearing their mother’s voice is supposed to help them pick up words easier in the future. So all those talks in the womb could have a huge effect later on down the line.
Baby get bigger brains
Yes! Talking to your baby in the womb can actually improve their life in more than one way. Their auditory cortex is set to make a huge improvement, too. This is the part of our brains in charge of listening to sounds and processing language. It naturally grows and learns as we develop, but now it looks as though you could give your baby a head start while they’re still in the womb.
Baby can hear well
That bigger brain gets put to good use after babies are born. Why? Studies have shown that babies who are spoken to in the womb can hear better as soon as they enter the world. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s said that mothers who sing to their unborn children have even more chance of helping their babies. Perhaps it’s time to break out the karaoke in the name of science?
Baby feel more comfortable
Babies can start to recognize voices as soon as they are born. It’s a natural instinct that keeps us safe and calm out there in the big wide world. Perhaps that’s why it’s so important to introduce ourselves at such an early age? Research suggests that talking to your bump will help your baby to recognize your voice before they are even born. So as soon as they are upset with the world, it should take less time for them to feel comfort from your voice.
Baby learn coordination and rhythm
If you feel more comfortable singing to our bump than you do talking, then you could still be in for a host of benefits later down the line. It’s shown that babies in the womb that hear their mother’s sing grow up to be better at regulating their emotions as well as improving their vocabulary. As if that wasn’t enough, music during womb time will also help them develop a longer attention span, learn social skills, build coordination, and build rhythm. There is no end to the number of benefits!
Babies react to their mother’s voice from the 16th week of pregnancy
It looks as though all those conversations aren’t for just us after all. Expectant moms should have confidence that their developing baby is making sense out of the sounds that she is providing for the baby. In fact, talking to your baby in the womb for improved life of baby is all mothers responsibility. Because baby cant hear father’s voice it seems noisy to them but in last month they could recognize father’s voice too. We all want to do the best for our children, and now it looks as though we can start that off before they are even born.
What can your unborn baby hear and feel in the womb?
How to get more attached with your baby during pregnancy
Here are some things that might help you and your baby to start forming an attachment before birth.
- Talk and sing to your baby, knowing he or she can hear you.
- Gently touch and rub your belly, or massage it.
- Respond to your baby’s kicks. In the last trimester, you can gently push against the baby or rub your belly where the kick occurred and see if there is a response.
- Play music to your baby. Music that mimics a heartbeat of around 60 beats per minute, such as lullabies, is useful. You can also search online for “relaxing” or “calming” music.
- Give yourself time to reflect, go for a walk or have a warm bath and think about the baby. You may like to write a diary or stories to the baby about what you are experiencing.
- Have an ultrasound. Seeing your baby moving inside the womb can be a poignant experience for parents, and can help them to bond with the baby since it can suddenly seem ‘real’.
- Relax, look after yourself and try not to stress. Evidence shows that if a mother feels less stressed during her pregnancy, the health outcome for the baby is better. Your partner or a close friend may be helpful if you need someone to talk to.