Having a baby. A little you! Can it get any more special?! They wrote songs about their little one.
Research is mixed on whether classical music gives your baby an edge later in life.
Music and development
All parents want the best for their child — even before that child is born. That's not crazy — it's human or human parent nature. But in trying to supply your baby-to-be with the best, it's important to keep some perspective — and keep your motives in mind before switching on the Mozart. As you know, the fetus's ability to hear begins to develop during the second trimester. But, whether an in-utero concerto gives the baby a head start in education or on a musical career hasn't been proven. Some experts even worry that it can be harmful if it signals the beginning of a very premature pushy-parent, which places too much emphasis on achievement at a too-early age. Babyhood including fetushood and childhood should be a time of simple pleasures, they say. There's also the theoretical risk that parents may unwittingly disrupt the natural sleep patterns of their fetus as they attempt to turn the womb into a classroom — actually hampering development instead of nurturing it. That said, there's probably nothing wrong with providing a uterine environment that's rich in music and language, and it's an easy way for parents to bond with their baby-to-be. Speaking or reading to your baby while he or she's in the womb no amplification necessary won't guarantee a scholarship to Harvard, but it will guarantee that your baby will know your voice at birth.
The ‘Mozart effect’
Parents want so much to give their children every possible enhancement they can. Parents naturally want the best for their babies. The study involved only 36 college students. The effect in the students was temporary and has always been controversial. The media and politicians responded with claims that music could alleviate physical and mental health problems, among other benefits. Companies still continue to market classical music to increase intelligence.
The browser you are using is too old for our website. Please visit www. It makes sense then, that music also has an impact, but does listening to classical music really make a foetus any cleverer? Discover more about infant development to help shape your baby's future. The concept that playing classical music to your bump made your child more intelligent became popular in the late s, spawning an industry that sold brain-boosting music to pregnant mums 3,4. The legend springs from psychologist Frances Rauscher's study into American college students, where she found a small link between IQ and listening to Mozart. Although Mozart may not make your little one any smarter, it may make their brain more active. Babies in the womb have shown increased brain activity when exposed to music 5. When a mother reads aloud, her voice has a calming effect on her unborn or newborn baby.