Benefits of Reading to Your Baby While Pregnant

List: Posted: 08/08/11

If you read to your unborn child while you are pregnant, you may be wondering if it will help make your baby smarter.  Although studies haven't proven it will make children any more intelligent, it can increase the maternal or paternal bond you have with them. 

 

For starters, if you read to your baby, you will have the opportunity to start reading your favorite childhood books before he or she has even been born. This will enable you to start thinking and acting like a mother before your baby's birth, and will encourage you to build a library of your favorites for the child's benefit.

 

Many parents enjoy reading to their child in the womb, and it is especially beneficial after the seventh month since a child is more likely to move and respond when he or she hears a parent's voice. This can increase feelings of closeness and encourage early bonding with your baby.

A great benefit to reading to your child while you are pregnant is that the father can have some bonding time with the baby, too.  If you read to your son or daughter everyday while you are pregnant, then the baby will begin to recognize the familiar sounds and associate them with your voice. This can lead to a better relationship between the two once your child is born.

 

They will also learn to respond to your voice by kicking and moving; after your baby is born, it may soothe him or her to hear you reading.  The baby won't understand the words, of course, but they will remember the tone of your voice and the soothing flow of the words, and will associate being read to with pre-birth feelings of comfort and closeness. This can help with the growth and development of your child and allow them to sleep and relax better as they get older.

Ultimately, reading to your unborn child is a beneficial habit that will create an educational environment and condition you to time set aside to spend with them each day.  It also allows the child to develop a personal love of reading through personal reading and book clubs, and continue the routine into their late teens and adulthood, thus encouraging them to develop their minds.

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