Tips to shape your baby’s future
A baby and its parents start bonding even before he/she comes into the world. Infants can actually identify familiar sounds since their hearing ability is developed within the womb. Communicating with your baby when he/she is in the womb is not only an exciting practice, but also very critical for your little one’s development.1
Your baby can hear what you say and can actually feel the vibrations of your voice through your body, so talk to him/her calmly all the time.1 Also, we have put down a few recommendations on what you can do to stimulate and communicate with your unborn baby. These tips will help you shape your child’s future:
- Dedicate some time to talk to your baby once or twice during the day. You can massage your womb gently while talking.1
- Both the parents should talk to the baby, as this is a very good way for fathers to initiate bonding with their babies.1
- Use short and simple words such as a nursery rhyme, so that he/she tries to get to know them.2
- You or your partner can push the womb gently to find a foot or shoulder, and the baby will push back, reacting to your touch.1
- Listening to music or singing to your baby can help your baby develop language skills. This will also induce healthy stimulation for your child’s development.1
- Gently rocking or moving to music will aid your little one develop good physical, movement skills and balance.3
- Bonding Before Birth. Available from: http://www.ecdbridges.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=26. As accessed on: 20/6/2017.
- Talk to Your Baby – Before Birth. Available from https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZSUA3qTevd4J:https://ahc.aurorahealthcare.org/fywb/x12079.pdf+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=in. As accessed on: 20/6/2017.
- National Health Service (NHS). Talking to your bump. Available from: http://www.wyevalley.nhs.uk/media/187230/SALT-LEAFLET-talking-to-your-baby-BUMP-Job-No1238.pdf. As accessed on: 20/6/2017.