Quick Facts:

- A baby in the womb can hear sounds after 20 weeks.

- When fetuses hear, they react to sound by moving.

Music:

The Most Important Stimulus for a Child's Development

Each day, researchers and scientists are discovering new ways music influences mental and physical development.

Music is a “first language” we share with our child and is the first step to communication and parental bonding.

Did you know...

  • The main external awareness for a baby in the womb is sound outside of the womb.
  • A baby in the womb can recognize its mother's voice, and can even distinguish it from other female voices.
  • A baby not only can recognize its mother’s voice, but it will even change its behavior to elicit a mother’s voice.
  • Research has shown that children recognize and prefer music they were exposed to in the womb for at least a year after they are born.
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Did you know...

  • Studies from Brown University show that music and music education can help build intellectual and emotional skills, facilitate learning, and strengthen academic abilities.
  • A study by MacGill University found that children who had taken several years of music classes had significantly higher self-esteem than children who did not.
  • Numerous studies show that high school music programs correlated with higher grade point averages and standardized test scores.
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EARLY EXPOSURE TO MUSIC

Children should be exposed to music as early as possible. Scientific studies show that music is the foundation that encourages all areas of development. Mentally it helps shape memory and language, and physically, it introduces rhythm and coordination.

The right products can make a big difference in how children can enjoy and interact with music. Ritmo Pregnancy is developed specifically with a Child’s audio enjoyment in mind.

THE MOZART
EFFECT

In 1957, French doctor Alfred Tomati conducted a series of experiments with children who had speech and communication difficulties. His research uncovered that Mozart’s music was beneficial for developing spatial intelligence. By 1990, continued research showed that music has the ability to re-train the way the brain organizes patterns and thoughts. This assists with the formation of better speech and communication.

MUSIC FOR HAPPY KIDS

Research has shown that music can have a calming effect on a baby in the womb. This is especially true when the music matches the mother's heartbeat or voice. This effect is similar to when a mother reads to a baby to calm them.

The bond created by Ritmo between the mother and child is one that will positively impact the child's development for a lifetime.

What the Experts Say:

Prenatal stimulation through music heard regularly while in the womb might provide some babies with a sense of confidence and relaxation after they're born. You and your baby also will quickly discover an excellent way to bond and share in the emotional and potential intellectual development benefits this method may bring.

- Jennifer Lacey, BabyZone

Musicologists seem to agree that rhythms, similar to their mother's heartbeat, have the most calming effect on babies in utero. This, like reading to your child, can be used as a tool to calm a fussy newborn.

-Thomas Verny, M.D. - The Secret Life of the Unborn Child

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