A baby inside the womb is a tremendous phenomenon. At least, once in a while we must have wondered as to what makes them survive inside the claustrophobic phase, what is their mindset when they are inside the womb?, do they hear and recognise voices?, can they respond to your voice? Babies can recognise voices and respond to them too.
There are a number of ways by which you can stimulate the brain of a baby through noises or sounds. These can be sounds of varying frequency and types. A baby is capable of listening and recognising sounds from the second trimester. Talking, singing and listening to music will not only help you to relax and distress, but also help the baby in growing more in brain power and concentration.
To know about the interesting things that you can do with sound while your baby is in the stomach, we need to know what are the things that we can do to make the baby respond and develop his brain in the process. This is also a sure way of bonding and connecting with the baby. To explore more about baby noises and their abundant developmental role in the baby, read on…
When Can Baby Noises be administered
According to scientists, babies in the womb are capable of recognising and listening to noises outside the womb from the 23rd week of a woman’s pregnancy. This is the ideal time to start stimulating their brains with sounds and help them grow intelligent. Listening to music and other noises will help them relax and learn the basic steps towards concentration, calmness, relaxation, listening capabilities, understanding, response etc.
Once they are out of the womb, these qualities would have already got imbibed in their mind and they grow in abundant intelligence and mental qualities. Every mother must therefore strive towards the use of baby noises to create intelligent babies who grow up to be eminent personalities in life.
Music as Baby Noise
Music has the power to improve concentration in the baby. It is also a way of communication between the baby and its parents. There is no rule as to what sort of music a foetus in the womb must be exposed to. But, generally calm music is a good bet for creating a soothing and relaxing environment for the baby. Music can lull him to sleep or help him develop a thing for rhythms and beats. Rocking music on the other hand can make them active and vibrant.
However, research shows that babies prefer a certain type of music and mother can even use it to calm a baby in the stomach. Listening to music will also improve their memory and comprehension skills while they are in the womb. You will realise that a baby can actually recognise the music that he has heard when he comes out. This can be seen by his unique reaction to particular sounds that he has developed an ear for while in the womb.
Voices Made by Parents
A baby slowly learns to recognise the noises that he hears on a regular basis. This would be the voices of his parents and siblings. He starts to look for these voices and recognise them when he hears them. There would be responses to these voices as well which you can feel through the kicks, movements and pushes which could be ever so subtle or bold movements that can startle you.
A foetus in the womb learns to differentiate the mother’s voice from other voices that he hears. A mother’s voice has a very comforting and soothing effect on the baby that it slows his heart beats, denoting relaxation and peace. Mother’s voice is the most soothing kind of baby noise that can make a baby happy and comforted.
A Variety of Noises
It is not just the noise of near and dear ones that a baby can recognise. There are other types of voices that can enthral him and make him curious. These voices help in stimulating his development of brain tissues. It could be the chirping of the birds, mewing of cats, barking of dogs etc.
A pet dog’s bark will be so deeply etched in a baby’s mind that when he is actually out in the world, it no longer scares him or makes him cry in fear while other babies may cry in fear. This can be found in a number of other noises that the baby hears which become a routine for him and he learns to adjust to it in the long run and probably start enjoying it as well.
Bonding With the Baby- a Rewarding Experience
Talking to baby and singing for him is also a rewarding experience for the baby as well as the parents. A baby who has been listening to a mother’s voice will learn to imitate the intonation and rhythm of her voice and would cry in a peculiar tone that would resemble his mother’s voice.
The closeness you have developed with the baby when he is in the womb will help you get adjusted to the life and role of a mother more easily and faster than the other mothers. By now you would have learnt to understand the songs that your baby likes and voices that can soothe him to sleep. This is a special kind of communication, one that is different from and unique from what other parents have experienced. Babies who have learnt to recognise their mother’s voice will be more adjusting and calm in their outlook.
A Warning Note About Noises
Just as babies learn to listen to music and other melodious voices, they can also develop a preference for music that is loud and wild and noises that are violent and cacophonic. Thus it is important to keep away from noises that can be detrimental to their mental development and make them have violent preferences in life. Long periods of exposure to music that is loud and vibrations that are not good for his development must be best kept low and away from a pregnant mother.