Guide to Your Newborn's Senses

Hearing

They're All Ears

Long before baby hears you sing her to sleep for the first time, she's heard you talk to your spouse and chat with your neighbor. By week 34, snug in your womb, your baby can hear your heartbeat, the rush of your blood, and the comforting hum of your voice. How do we know? Studies have shown that newborns prefer the voices of their mothers over those of others; newborns will suck harder at the sound of their mother's voice than that of another woman's. In fact, babies come into this world hearing as well as adults do -- perhaps even better, as they have yet to attend their first earsplitting concert!

 

Originally published in American Baby magazine, February 2004.

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