Reading to babies while still in the womb

United States
January 18, 2007 7:18pm CST
Has anyone done it or has any one had it done to them? Do your children, once born, seem to have better than average cognitive skills? I know that while still in the womb, babies can hear muffled sound through the walls of the human body. But how does this help develop them. Does it causes the synapses in their brains to go into overload or something? Anybody know something about this?
11 responses
@sunshinecup (7881)
19 Jan 07
I have heard stories about it, but as for factual results, I haven't seen any. With both of my girls I would sing to them as well as read out loud while they were in my belly. But to me, they are average children.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Hmmmmm...for one, you would have to define average...actually, that gives me an idea for another post. I think I will start copying these posts (just mines that is) into my myspace blog. I like these discussions. Maybe the results of the reading and singing are subtle and are revealed in progression of infant to teenager.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Define average for me. Maybe the results will be seen during the natural progression of infant to teenager, then from teenager to adulthood.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Whoops, didn't know the first post went through...
@ako_me (60)
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
i believe it has some efeects. my mom told me that when i was at her womb, she reads a lot unlike when she was preganant with my two bros. now, among the 3 of us, i'm just the one who's into reading...
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
wow, that's a thought. i guess i'd better try that since I want my kids to like reading even if its just a hobby. for me it helps them to develop good grammar. :-)
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• United States
19 Jan 07
That is interesting, and yes, everyone should want their child to read avidly, so I suggest you start gathering those books together. And enjoy. Are you saying that you are prenant now? Then congratulations!
• United States
27 Jan 07
I read to my son when he was in the womb, he's only 6 weeks old now so I don't know how it effected him. What i do know is that a baby recognizes voices like their moms of coarse and their dads. Another thing is that my son is and always has been very alert and people tell me that it was unusual for hi to be as alert as he was.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
It is true. For anybody reading this, its true that the child can hear while in the womb...very clearly at that. So even if you don't read and play music, at least speak and speak often to your child.
@earthsong (589)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I read to all of my kids while I was pregnant. I don't know if it helped their reading skills any, but they started speaking early.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
How early is early? I hear that children that get their teeth in extremely early are likely to be prodigies. Since I am now a full advocate of reading to your children and playing music for them while they are still in the womb, I commend you.
@Rahleah (187)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I swear by this. I read to my first in the womb constantly, and she is a voracious reader. She also developed a huge vocabulary very quickly. I got pregnant right away for my second one while she was still a baby and I didn't really have time to read to the second one in the womb (as I was really overstressed, overworked and overwhelmed) and she HATES to read. She's in high school and tries to make me read her assignments to her because she's hating to read them to herself. She had her own little language when she was small and it took us forever to get to speak so we could understand her. I don't know if there is a real connection to reading in the womb or how it works scientifically, but I have seen it work in my own in-home "experiment," so I swear by it.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Rahleah, it sounds like your ready to go out and preach the word! Thats a good story as well, you got one that loves to read and one that hates it. Thats kind of funny. What did you read to your unborn child? I keep asking and no one has told me yet. I'm glad it worked out for you at least once.
• Canada
23 Jan 07
I know that while I was pregnant I put head phones on my belly and played all kinds of music for my daughter and now she is 1 and loves music. My doctor told me that talking to your belly, reading to it, and playing music were not only good ways to help stimulate the baby but also help then to soothe them. My daughter is very bright, and I dont just say that because she is my child. She seems to excel when give toys that promote musical play, and is already speaking so i dont know if it has anything to do with the muisc but I would like to think so. I 've heard that children who are in the school band are statistically better at math, becuase they read music.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Thats interesting. I'm happy for you. There is a certain joy to be had when you are around bright children...until they get older and turn into smartasses (as was the case with me). What type of music did you play? Did you read and talk as well? That school band thing is interesting too, I think I heard that somewhere before as well.
• United States
19 Jan 07
They say that listening to music and being read to helps them educationally as they grow. Not sure how this study was done or proven. I did it though with my pregnancies because whatever scientific beliefs there are it was bonding time with my children in creation.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Yes, it is a bonding thing, and as well a therapeutic thing. And then there is the possibility of making your child just a bit more brainier...so all in all, even if scince is wrong on this, then its something that people should probably do anyway.
@asazam (159)
• Netherlands
19 Jan 07
well its very healthy action for the upcoming baby. in this way u can definitely improve the baby's cognitive skills and studies have proven that it should be done in a moderate amont
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Can you point me to these studies (I could do it myself but then that would negate my good intentions when starting this post). I do agree that it is a healthy action anyway. Even if not for a child, it's akin to talking to your plants...therapeutic...I would think.
• United States
19 Jan 07
I read to my baby while she was in the womb & it's her favorite book now. So, I definately think they hear the sound of your voice when you read it. It's an amazing miracle.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
What book did you read to her?
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
19 Jan 07
I don't think there's any doubt unborn babies can hear and respond to sounds. We always talked to our children before they were born, so that they knew who we were when they arrived (!) I'm sure that unborn babies, like born babies respond more when people connect to them than when they ignore them. It's a longstanding fact that babies ignored by their mothers after their born suffer in more ways than emotional ones.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Well, yes, it is a given that children ignored usually suffer...but I think that goes for most people, no matter what age. But I like your reasoning on this one. "...that unborn babies, like born babies respond more when people connect to them"
19 Jan 07
I know that they do recognize the sounds after they are born. When my 1st son was born he was very used to the sound of our Rotts bark, he would sleep right through it. But if any other dog barked it would scare him and he'd wake up. I think the point of reading to them is just for them to get used to your voice.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Thats funny, about the dogs. Do you still have the Rott? Can you post a picture of it?