How neat is it to feel your baby’s kicks or sudden stillness in response to the sounds of Pearl Jam spilling from your ipod’s headset arranged carefully on your belly? If you haven’t done this yet, be sure to start making it a habit in your third trimester. Beginning somewhere in the seventh month of pregnancy, your baby is able to receive stimulus from the outside world. She can see, hear, and feel – and that, of course, means she can rock to the beat!
When baby hears the soothing sounds of music, it does two things. First, it stimulates her ear, brain, and body to begin preparation for sound and language comprehension. Secondly, it lulls her into a calm, meditative state. Thomas Verny, M.D., author of The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (Dell, 1994) said, "Musicologists seem to agree that rhythms, similar to the mother's heartbeat, have the most calming effect" on babies in utero. This, like reading to your child, can be used as a tool to calm a fussy newborn.
Play the same few songs for your baby in your third trimester. Lullabies or the Classics are great, but most any music will do, as long as it’s calming. After she is born, play the same CD and watch her remember the rhythms and feel soothed.
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