I am now three and a half months pregnant, so this article really struck a chord with me.
Babies can recognize and remember the songs sang to them in the womb, finding comfort in the familiar tune and sound of your voice.
Researchers believe that song and speech benefit the fetus with of speech development. The processing of singing and speech in the babies brains are partly based on shared mechanisms, and so hearing a song can help build a baby’s speech development.
“Even though our earlier research indicated that fetuses could learn minor details of speech, we did not know how long they could retain the information. These results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age, and that the effects of the learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time,” says Eino Partanen, who is finishing up his dissertation at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit.
So, sing to those babies!