Perhaps it's mere myth, but my wife and I have been playing complicated and beautiful classical music for our son (3 months until birth) every night. During this time, at times he seems to be more active when we play the music, but that may be our expectation clouding our judgement.
Has anybody here played soothing music during pregnancy, and if so, do you think it had any positive influence on your child? We're thinking that at the very least, it will be a familiar environment for our son once he's born, and perhaps he will find comfort when classical music is playing.
asked 08 Jan '10, 04:28
Yeah, our daughter wrote a symphony just after birth :)
I recall reading articles (which I can't cite, and are probably of dubious value, this is the kind of domain where 'scientists' seemingly 'discover' 'new' 'facts' every week*), which said that through a mother's womb, most things are pretty distorted anyway (try lying in the bath with your head in the water and listening to soothing classical music...)
Having said that, I would expect that anything that a child has heard in the womb WILL be automatically comforting once they're 'out'. That could probably equally apply to hard rock (which they might hear better in the womb), but I would imagine that won't help YOU get to sleep :)
(*A simple google search for 'womb music' will likely leave you completely confused)
answered 08 Jan '10, 05:59
We made the experience that my wife played a wind-up music box (in a cute huggable wrapping) often during the later stages of the pregnancy - after our son was born he reacted to that particular sound. It is often our last resort to calm him down if he does not like sitting in the car-seat or similar.
I would recommend picking a not too complicated song you like, ideally something that is portable and stick to one melody for maximum effect.
answered 08 Jan '10, 14:15
You might be interested in the research done by Dr Alexandra Lamont on young children and music. It appears that regardless of the music played to them in the womb, three and a half year olds prefer fast bouncy music. But the "womb" music does remain important to them.
I recall another study which showed that all children preferred bouncy pop music (even if they've never heard it before), but only those exposed frequently to classical music enjoyed it at all - in the study there was a child whose mother was a professional violinist. I can't find any reference to it on the web though.
answered 08 Jan '10, 19:12