During the early stages of development, you can train a baby’s brain to recognize words and sounds well before she understands the meaning behind them. A baby developing in the womb can become sensitive to her parents’ sounds and touches; reading aloud provides a soothing sound for baby to tune into while resting and growing.
The tones, voices and sounds that the baby hears during development can provide the foundation for learning new sounds and words after she is born. After delivery, the baby may be more likely to respond positively to the people to whom she “listened” during development. Reading promotes language development, attention development, concentration skills and information synthesis. A baby’s cognitive skills can also be improved with a variety of stimuli; reading represents one way to enhance these important developmental skills.
Types of Books to read during your pregnancy:
Even though your baby can’t understand the real meaning behind the words he hears, he can pick up the rhythm and tone of the sentences and will respond to how the mother responds to whatever she reads. Reading thrillers or horror stories can raise stress levels in the pregnant mother, which can trigger an anxiety response in the baby. Selecting soothing, lighthearted and fun reading material is the best way to entertain your baby during pregnancy, and children’s books are a good resource for short stories that may benefit both the mother and the infant. Since babies typically have short attention spans, dividing reading sessions into small segments hold their attention long enough to derive the full benefit from this experience.
Why is it important to read to your new born baby in the womb?
As stated earlier reading comes with its own pack of benefits for a baby when stories, rhymes and lullabies are read to her. However few points can be taken to notice which help in illustrating the importance of reading to a baby.
Here are a few of them:
- Babies already get used to reading and this love helps them with their learnings in future.
- Reading at an early age helps in brain development and speech improvement.
- When rhymes and stories are read to a baby in a repetitive manner, it makes the process interactive and full of fun, making it easy for the baby to remember
- Reading to a baby helps in grasping the rare words thus increasing vocabulary.
- Reading helps foster good attention span and also in memorizing.
- Babies can easily understand the meanings of the word.
- With reading, the closeness between the mother and the baby increases.
When is the right time to reading to my baby in the womb?
Reading at the right time will have considerable effects than just starting at any point. Hence it is extremely crucial to know the precise time to start reading to a baby in the womb. A womb of a mother is more like a play arena from where the baby around 10 weeks starts twisting and turning her body.
— By 6 months, the baby gets acquainted with the sound starting from heartbeat to the digestive rumble.
— Even by 23 weeks a baby may start hearing and develop cognitive hearing abilities.
Therefore it is wise to start reading to the baby in the womb as early as possible. It promotes better development and aids in intelligence.