Research has shown that listening to your voice in the womb relaxes your baby and lowers their heart rate, laying the foundations for both bonding and early language development. Amazingly, scientists have also discovered that unborn babies respond positively to word patterns, like nursery rhymes, that they can remember hearing before.
“Incredible new research shows that unborn babies can remember what they hear, laying the foundations for language development.”
It’s your voice that they will love the most, and it will continue to comfort them long after they are born.
- During your third trimester why not choose a favourite nursery rhyme or short story and try reading it aloud once a day.
- Find a quiet spot by yourself, take a deep breath, and relax. It’s been proven that high levels of stress can affect your baby’s immunity 5,6, so spending some calm time connecting with your baby may be beneficial in more ways than one.
- If reading to your bump really isn't for you, don’t worry, your baby is learning about your voice every time you speak, so the bond will grow naturally.
- Look out for changes in your baby’s behaviour. Remember your baby will find your voice calming, so expect less movement rather than more.
- See if your baby reacts differently to a range of sounds – singing, for example, a rattle, or someone else’s voice.
- Dad and siblings can get involved too – they’ll have to get nice and close to the bump to make sure they’re heard.
Learn more about what your baby hears in the womb and how you can encourage their early development through our Hello In There series.