How to Play Music for Your Baby While Pregnant

December 16, 2008 by SmarterBaby 

Playing music for your unborn baby is an amazing way for you to bond with him. Music can stimulates babies and delivers positive effects through the mothers’ pleasant emotions. When a mother listens to music and relaxes, she releases endorphins into her bloodstream that bathe the baby in positive and happy feelings. Babies also are likely to recognize the tune, if you play it often enough, even after they are born.

Step 1: Crank up the radio. By 20 weeks, your baby’s hearing is developed enough to hear sounds other than your voice. Playing music that you enjoy can relax and engage your baby in special bonding time.

Step 2: Use headphones. Resting headphones against your belly is an easy way to play music for your baby without disturbing anyone else. However, you don’t have to raise the volume for the baby to hear it. The amniotic fluid is a good conducer of sound, so loud music is not necessarily better. Playing loud noise may actually irritate your baby instead of relaxing him.

Step 3: Buy a Bebe Sounds machine. This machine brings music to your baby through two fetal speakers that attach to a special maternity belt. You connect the speakers to your own cassette or CD player and play the Mozart music tape. It also has a headphone adapter so you and your baby can listen to the tunes at the same time. Unlike headphones, you don’t have to hold the device, and the maternity belt provides support for your back.

Step 4: Play your own music and sing. A baby loves the sound of her mother’s voice. If you can combine an instrument, such as a piano or violin, and your voice, you’ll create a combination your baby will love.

Step 5: Choose a variety of tunes to play for your baby, such as jazz, classical, relaxing or white noise tunes. You don’t have to stay with just one particular sound. Expose your baby to different sounds, tempos and rhythms.

Limit music exposure to an hour or two per day. Playing music more often may overstimulate the baby.

Don’t play excessively loud music. If you can’t talk over the music, it’s too loud for you and the baby.
Stay away from playing drums, cymbals and other loud instruments for an extended period.

Resources: BeBe Sounds Machine

Heidi Gonzales is a midwife, childbirth educator, doula, American Heart Association BLS instructor, author and editor for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association e-mag.
She has attended over 60 births in Louisiana and has helped over 150 families through birth consultations. She volunteers as a childbirth educator at a pregnancy crisis center in Louisiana and also as an online career mentor.

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