You know that being happy and stress-free is an important part of your and baby’s health during pregnancy. However, pregnancy brings with it raging hormones which might make it difficult for you to avoid emotional swings. Take extra time to do things that you like. If you do not have a hobby, then try reading a book to your baby.
- Gets a response from baby: Can my baby hear me? Yes. Your baby’s hearing develops fully by the 28th week. Your baby will now begin to respond to sounds and voices regularly. Reading to your baby can generate a response from their developing brains and provides auditory stimulation for your baby’s growing brains. They also become familiar with your voice.
- Affects baby’s intelligence: The tones, voices and sounds that the baby hears during development can provide the foundation for learning new sounds and words after they are born. Reading is an important way to stimulate your baby’s cognitive skills and enhance their developmental skills. Reading promotes language development, concentration skills and analytical development.
- Garbh sanskaar: The literal meaning of garbh sanskaar is educating the baby in the womb. In Indian culture, we believe that education of real and traditional values and parenting starts from the time the baby is conceived in the womb. There are many such books available that narrate values and positive thoughts that need to be communicated to your baby. The positive thoughts that you read out to your baby will enhance your well being too.
- Helps to bond with your little one: The purpose of reading need not only be educating your baby or making them smarter. This can just be a way of bonding with your child. This could be the preparation you need to many years of reading bed time stories for your child.
Best Types of Books to Read
- Your baby cannot understand what you are reading. But they are sensitive to the tone and pitch and the emotion behind the words you are saying. Your baby will respond to your response to what you read. Therefore, do not read thrillers or horror stories that are likely to raise your stress levels. It can trigger an anxiety response in your baby.
- Select soothing light-hearted and fun reading material. Children’s books with short stories serve this purpose very well. You might find them entertaining too. Also, babies have short attention spans, so keep your reading sessions short.
- Garbh Sanskaar prescribes reading mythology and scriptures during pregnancy. The good moral values that these promote are considered beneficial for your baby.