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Sook Fuan asked:
Does listening to music help with my baby's development?

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Roxanne Lau answered:
Music provides a great opportunity to bond with your unborn baby. New scientific research shows there are many benefits to playing music while pregnant, including; positive affects on fetal brain development, prenatal learning, reducing stress levels during pregnancy and improving a baby’s sleeping habits after birth. Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music related connections. Listening to instrumental music will have a different impact on brain development and it can help improve on spatial reasoning. And music can have positive effects on moods that may make learning easier. So it is good to start listening to music as early as when you are pregnant. Music also encourage your baby to move. This physical response helps your baby develop strength, coordination, motor control and overall fitness. Begun early, this can establish the importance and even enjoyment of physical activity.

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Claudine_Tan answered:
There is no evidence that listening to music, classical or otherwise will make your child more intelligent but they can respond to music or sounds that they hear while in-utero and after delivery they can respond or be soothed by familiar sounds.

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Pauline answered:
I read from an article which state that there is evidence that from four months the foetus responds to sound. Doctors testing unborn children for deafness, while monitoring their reactions to noise with ultrasound have observed eye movements and "blink-startle" responses in foetuses of 16 to 32 weeks gestation.It mentioned that babies learn to recognise their mothers' voices whilst in the womb and even to recognise stories which are read to them in the womb so I'm sure they are able to hear and react to melody. But whether will music help with the baby's development is unknown as there is no concrete evidence yet. However, since baby can hear, it is likely possible that it may helps as music therapy is proven to be beneficial to humans; no harm trying; who knows baby may groove along with the rhythm.

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lit2603@hotmail.com answered:
Have you heard of the Mozart effect? It’s the idea that if children or even babies listen to music composed by Mozart they will become more intelligent. It can also prime the brain to tackle mathematical tasks. I am not sure if it works but no harm trying.

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Felicia answered:
There's certainly no harm exposing them to music. In my 1st pregnancy, I tried listening to classical music which makes me have headache & wana puke(sorry to classical music fans). So I just listen to my usual pop sounds. My girl has always been a fan of music I realised but I think there's no link in her listening to music in the womb. However, a word of caution is that do not put headphones to your tummy thkin that your foetus can't hear. I've read an article on a woman doing that & harming the unborn child's eardrums as it's very loud for them. Imagine they can alrdy hear us when we talk from afar. Don't have to go near to tummy to talk to them.

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Felvira answered:
Actually I think it helps better in the mummy's mood and emotions. When mummy is happy and relaxed, baby will be happy and relaxed too. It will help in baby growth and mood when mummy is feeling comfortable and at peace. It's really quite hard to feel very relaxed during pregnancy as there are so many things to consider and think about for the baby and also many decisions to make.

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Angela answered:
I was watching " you think you can dance" for my first pregnancy. Watched the whole series, but my kid grew up normal, not super active to dance music or normal music... now he's 2 coming 3, still no difference. he behaves like a normal kid, just that he's very shy and refuse to dance when it comes to dancing time....

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April answered:
There are no proven studies to prove that music helps with baby development ehile in your tummy but soft classical music helps you to feel clam and relax which baby will feel it to. My friends have told me that listening to Mozart's pieces everyday, the child will grow up to be smarter but true or not that I am not sure. But it is a good way to born with the child as we have witnessed reactions from my tummy like telling me she was dancing to the music. I sang twinkle twinkle little stars to her every night in English and Chinese, not only could she recognized my voice, we were very surprised that when we sing it to her now, my 8.5 months girl gets very excited n will shake her arms and legs. Like trying to tell us it sounds so familiar. She loves music and able to capture her attention, she will crawled over to where the music comes from. I am not sure if it is due to early exposure of music since she was in my tummy but no harm trying.

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