As you read you’ll find yourself feeling more calm as your heartbeat and breathing slow down. This relaxation will immediately pass to your baby; you’ll both feel connected, soothed, and peaceful, and you’ll know that you’re accomplishing the most valuable task of all. Cherish this time when your baby is so close to you, when you share everything, every place and every experience. Together you are an incredible symbiotic organism, working in perfect synchrony.
All you need is ten or thirty minutes a day set aside to savor those precious moments with your baby . . . breathing, reading, and just being together.
If an expectant father can commit to reading to his unborn child every night, he will have a special opportunity to bond with his child and establish a routine that can be continued once the child is born. This movement is about strengthening the parental involvement of fathers from the very beginning with the simple task of reading, which will later support the child’s social and intellectual development.
The genuine and pure experience of regularly reading to your baby before born is completely unlike the undertaking of a “prenatal education system.” It’s not about achievement; it is about bonding and establishing a cozy lifetime routine for you and your little one. Your baby will hear the rhythm of your voice as you read a story, and this will become the foundation of a sacred family ritual once baby’s born. It’s so perfectly simple: you and your baby sharing time together, communicating in a loving, gentle, and natural way.
The added benefits to the child’s cognitive growth and language development are a bonus to the wonderful feeling you will have as you share these cherished moments with your child, both before and after birth.It seems like every week the results of a new study are announced that further support the idea that a baby in the womb is capable of much more than ever thought possible.
Recent research has helped us to understand the amazing fact that a baby in the last trimester is an active and responsive member of the household, someone who hears, learns, and remembers what she is exposed to in the womb.
Some of the research strongly suggests that a baby is soothed and calmed by a rhythmic and repetitious story or music because the inherent beat closely mimics the rhythm of his mother’s heartbeat and breath. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
You can begin reading to your child in utero at any time during your pregnancy, but the research shows that the baby’s hearing and memory are more developed in the last trimes.First establish a time of day, 20 minutes or so, that will be devoted to sharing this special time with your baby. Remember, you’re making a commitment to read to your child now and for many years in the future, so choose a time of day that will feel right over the long term.
Find a quiet and comfortable spot in your home where you can snuggle up with a book, maybe a cup of tea and a warm blanket. This time should be as calming and soothing for you as it will be for your child. Pick a place where you won’t be interrupted—this will become a sacred spot for you and your baby.
Once you’ve established your cozy regular reading time during pregnancy, it will be a breeze to continue after your baby is born. Hold your baby close and read the stories you both know so well. You will be amazed to see that your baby is instantly calmed and settled as you read a familiar story, and you will see with your own eyes what all the research has been telling us—that reading to your baby in the womb has a powerful effect on a child’s well-being and development. Daddy, siblings, even grandparents can take part in reading time before and after birth. What a good feeling it will be to have established this loving family routine that will continue for years to come!
There is overwhelming evidence showing that families who make literacy and language a priority in their households produce children who are high achievers academically, and who develop healthy social relationships outside of the home. Making a commitment to reading to your baby regularly is one of the best things you can do for baby’s development.
So, if you are an expectant mother or father, be sure to carve out time from your day for some regular “reading womb” time—a quiet routine devoted to bonding with your child and introducing baby to the wonderful world of language. You will soon be rewarded for your efforts and will know that you have given your child the best possible start.
Take care of your unborn baby.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)