How to Play Music for a Baby in the Womb
Playing music for your baby while she is still in the womb gives you time to bond with her before she is born, according to Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel and Charles J. Lockwood, authors of "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Exposing your unborn baby to classical music may result in a baby who is easily calmed by hearing the same music after birth. Choose sonatas from composers such as Mozart or Bach, and spend some time bonding with your little one.
Choose some classical music to play for your baby. Go to a local music store and browse selections. Look for compilations that have several compositions or compilations specifically designed for an unborn baby.
Put the CD into a portable player and attach the headphones.
Expand the headphones depending on the size of your stomach. Place one headphone on each side of your stomach with the band stretched over the top. Adjust the headphones until they stay in place without falling off.
Press play on the portable CD player. Adjust the volume so it is low. Make sure you cannot hear the music coming out of the headphones.
Play the music for your unborn baby. Press stop on the CD player and gently remove the headphones.
Using headphones to play music for your baby is the easiest way to expose him to longer periods of music at one time, say Brenda Adderly and Jay Gordon, authors of "Brighter Baby." Play the same pieces of music several times before your baby is born so you can rely on those same songs to help comfort her after she is born. Playing any type of music can be entertaining for your unborn baby, and he may be able to hear it when it is played on the radio as well. Your baby can also hear you singing, so sing along to the radio or sing your favorite songs and chances are your voice will have a calming effect after he is born just as familiar music may.
Do not turn the volume on the headphones up too loud, say Adderly and Gordon, because loud sounds can cause your baby to become stressed or uncomfortable. Feel free to expose your baby to whatever type of music you would like, but Murkoff, Mazel and Lockwood say that classical music is soothing, while other types, such as hard rock, may have the opposite effect.
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- "What to Expect When You're Expecting"; Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel and Charles J. Lockwood; 2008
- "Brighter Baby"; Brenda Adderly and Jay Gordon; 1999