Although talking to them in the earlier part of your pregnancy may help you feel closer to your baby, their ears won’t be fully developed until around the 20th week, and their auditory system doesn’t connect to their brain until at least a month or so later3. Research has shown that while some babies react to sound at as early as 24 weeks, most start to respond to external noise between 26 and 30 weeks2.
“Foetal and newborn heart rates decreased when their mothers spoke – a possible sign of relaxation.”
- Try to spend a few minutes every day relaxing, and talking or singing to your bump.
- If you’re stuck for something to say, why not read aloud? A newspaper or magazine article is fine, but if you enjoy it, why not try out a favourite children’s book or nursery rhyme? You can even personalise your own small story written and illustrated by an award winning children's author.
- See if you notice any changes in your baby’s behaviour. Remember the baby will find your voice calming, so expect less movement rather than more.
- Get dad and other family members involved too. They’ll have to get really close to the bump to be heard, so make sure you’re comfortable.
To learn more about what your baby hears in the womb, and how it affects their development, explore more articles in our Hello In There series.