Take baby in the womb already music right? And if they do, what kind of music they like what's good for them and how loud should be music to make babies they still like? These questions even employ numerous scientists. Urbia has therefore investigated the listening experience.

Baby: Music is good for him

Pregnant belly Headphones

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What expectant mother does not know that? She listens relaxed and enjoyable concert and her Baby in the belly seems to dance. Or they attended a rock concert and the baby rages - sometimes so wild that it is uncomfortable even pregnant women. Take baby in the womb already music right? And if they do, what kind of music they like what's good for them, how loud it must be? Questions have tormented many scientists and lead us back to the Beginnings of our being.

The Ear - Gateway to the World

From the 23rd week of pregnancy, the ear of the baby can perceive not only vibration, but also noise. The first symphony, which hears a baby, is the Womb Music: The mother, the sounds of their bowels and of course her voice, the heartbeat. As the maternal voice penetrate other sounds from outside into the intrauterine world and be heard: The ear is for the baby's first bridge in the outside world represents. The abdominal wall amniotic fluid and uterine provide a natural sound insulation. Noise from the outside come in babies by 20 to 30 decibels quieter - equivalent to at least the ticking of a clock or the whisper. Occupational health and safety for pregnant women provides for the way that the workplace should not prevail over 80 decibels. 

Stop Food

to listen to the mother and to be cradled in their mother's womb music is more than just pleasure for the baby. This is particularly evident in experiments with premature babies. In the incubator the acoustic food missing, and it has been shown that babies develop better if they continue to regularly hear the maternal and paternal voice. In some clinics also record their voices are to run in the incubator in the absence of the mother.

It does not matter what the mother tells her child, hums or sings. The timbre, not the content of their words, the ones who embraced the unborn child is quasi. This intense impression remains throughout life. The French physician Alfred Tomatis says in his famous book "The sound of life": The unmistakable voice rhythm and sound of the mother "recognizes the child after birth, finds him out among all the others and looks for him all his life."

The sound makes the music

"Music moves us" writes the Hamburg music therapist Professor Hans-Helmut Decker-Voigt in his book "With music to life", And everyone knows the involuntary reactions can trigger in us to music, the unconscious toe-tapping of the foot, weighing the head or the warm and pleasurable feelings, the sounds and rhythms. How clearly the sound of a voice emotional content suggests, even if we content might say something completely different, so too have sounds in music certain effects on our feelings, the same even frequently. So consonant sounds, minor keys and floating rhythms have a calming effect on most people, while major keys, dissonances and strongly accented rhythms seem more invigorating to exciting.

It must always be Mozart?

The much-vaunted right to Mozart's music has many pieces of said features soothing music and acts on many people soothing and harmonizing. But this effect is not as safe as the Amen in the church. Because ranks before the spontaneous physical responses to music "individual socialization"Says Decker-Voigt in Urbia conversation. So can actually exciting music have quite soporific effect, where it used to be common in a family to hear this music daily at bedtime. Or a quiet classical piece can be upset if maybe this music often ran in the background while the parents quarreled bad.

Music for Baby

Sandra Wildner has during her pregnancy very often Music Group "Depeche mode" belongs. Her daughter Saphira (10 months) they called "recent Depeche Mode Fan", "spellbound" reacting the toddler to the sound of this band, the voice of the group recognize clearly again even with new songs. "What the mother hears often like and speaks and sings the child later recognizes as,Part of the mother' again"Writes Prof. Decker-Voigt. The most important measure for the baby that what the mother likes and does well, is also good for the child.

Exceptions are too loud and synthesized sounds. The non-naturally occurring uniform mode of vibration electronic music triggers the fetus defense. But how loud is too loud? Is the rock concert still acceptable or even the action movie in the cinema a taboo? Basically, the louder, the more the reaction of the baby. While high frequencies cause a higher heart rate. This does not mean that the entire pregnancy concerts and discos are banned. but they should take place dosed.

And: When asked whether music in the womb is now promoting my child or not, one should not lose sight of the relationship. Because diet and stress the mother gets the baby through the umbilical cord completely unfiltered. You ultimately have a greater impact on the development of the unborn child.   

Sound of love

In our fixed on the eye world it may be salutary to harness the power of hearing and the sounds confident. "Our feeling, thinking and acting is a lifetime closely connected to our hearing and perceiving before birth"Writes Decker-Voigt. A voice that sounds, melodies, rhythms beat our lives a bridge to the time when we lived secure in the maternal cave.


Literature on the topic:

Hans-Helmut Decker-Voigt: "With music to life"Ariston

Alfred Tomatis: "Soundscape womb", dtv

Alfred Tomatis: "The sound of life", Rowohlt