Womb Tunes: 16 Songs to Play to Your Pregnant Belly (and Why You Should!) by Jessica Acree
Research shows that babies can hear sound in the womb as early as week 18. By weeks 25-26, they're developed enough to react to it. While there is no steadfast proof that it affects your baby's cognitive development, it's fun to know they can hear your voice. So, talk to them, read to them, heck, play a little music! No need to put headphones on your belly though, that's probably a bit too close for comfort, just throw on some music that you'll both enjoy! Here are some fun ideas that are "age" appropriate:
- "Capri" by Colbie Caillat
- "Your Song" by Elton John
- "I Will" or "Hey Jude" or "In My Life" by The Beatles (And so many more!)
- "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
- "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Front (Yes, really!)
- "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
- "You Are My Sunshine" by Morgane and Chris Stapleton
- "Happy" by Pharrell Williams (Put a little pep in your step!)
- "Better Together" by Jack Johnson
- "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
- "Lullaby for Wyatt" by Sheryl Crow
- "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
- "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon
- "Slow Down" by Nichole Nordeman (Hurry, grab a tissue!)
No matter what, have fun, play your favorite jams and don't forget to sing along, it's soothing!
Rockabye Baby is an incredible collection of popular songs by classic artists transformed into relaxing lullaby tracks. It's amazing. Spotify and Pandora even have online streaming options dedicated to inspiring womb wiggles, just do a little station search.
So, how loud is too loud? Don't crank it like you're reliving your clubbing days, instead think spa atmosphere. Nice and calm. Trust me, you don't need to overstimulate that precious little baby, there will be plenty of that happening once he or she breaks out of there.
P.S. Whatever you do, don't go down the Baby Shark path yet ... there's no turning back.
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