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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Baby Einstein?

Your baby might not be able to decipher what type of music he/she likes to listen to when in the womb, but did you know that sometime during the seventh month of your pregnancy, your baby will be able to receive stimulus from the outside world? Yep, that means that your baby will be able to rock and sway to the beat if you play music for him/her.

According to Thomas Verny, MD, the author of The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (Dell, 1994) , "Musicologists seem to agree that rhythms, similar to the mother's heartbeat, have the most calming effect" on babies in utero. Interesting, huh? Therefore, lullabies or classics can be great if your baby needs to be soothed and seems agitated (or if you want to take a nap!).

Don't go too crazy selecting a variety of different languages when it comes to the music selection-your baby will not come out speaking fluent spanish, french or german. "There are no studies on the effects of stimulation before birth on intelligence, creativity, or later development," says Janet DiPietro, a developmental pyschologist at John Hopkins University. So go ahead and enjoy and use this stimulant as a way to connect and calm your baby when in utero, but don't look for the effects to last post-partum. Here is a list of some soothing artists to check out, for your baby's listening pleasure:

1. Coldplay

2. Mozart, Tchaikovsky

3. Renee Fleming

4. Jack Johnson

5.Jill Scott

6. Stevie Wonder

7. Enya

8. Ray LaMontagne

9. Ben Harper

10. Bob Marley

Have a relaxing Tuesday!


The Moody Mamas


  1. Thanks for the mellow music list! [I hopped over from Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports]