Tips for reading to your baby in utero
By Amy Reiter |
Tips for reading to your baby in utero

Don't feel silly reading to your growing belly! After about 25 weeks, your baby really can hear you (with surprising clarity, albeit at a slightly lower volume) and is beginning to recognise - and be soothed by - your voice. Here's some tips on how to read to your unborn baby:

  • Carve out a regular time each day to read to your baby. This will give you a few moments each day to take a break from the hectic pace of your everyday life and focus on your connection to the small person growing inside you. You might choose to make it a bedtime ritual to calm you after your day - or a morning date with your baby, before you rush off to work.
  • If you can't manage a set time each day, don't sweat it. Anytime you can squeeze it in is fine.
  • Integrate your partner. Reading is a great way for a father to bond with his baby in utero - and an opportunity for the baby to grow to recognise his voice as well.
  • Choose books with rhythmic language. Remember, the baby is responding to the tone and cadence of your voice rather than to the words themselves.
  • Don't be surprised if you hear your baby responding to the sound of your voice. Enjoy the connection - and revel in the knowledge that it will only deepen over time.
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