Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Music Experiment

I've been doing a lot of reading, since I'm going to be a dad.  My wife is in her 6th month and the baby gets really active when she hears my voice.  So, my wife suggested that we start her on a music listening program.  Nothing major.  We're not going to buy the belly headphones.  I think that's a little weird and would never expect my wife to be on board with that.

Now we don't have any grand illusions of the baby being a musical prodigy or having this make her smarter, by any means.  My wife believes that since we talk to her all the time, that she will recognize our voices when she is born.  I agree with that.  There is no proof that the baby will recognize music that she hears in the womb, but there is also no harm in doing this from everything I've read.

My wife just thought it would be a good idea for me to make mix CDs (we're old school) of my kind of music.  There isn't anything wrong with what my wife listens to, it's just a little limited.  So, rather than have the baby listen to the radio.  I know, what kind of parents are we to put her through that type of torture?  I'm currently making some CDs. 

I already knew that the amniotic fluid will amplify the music, so there was no reason to purchase belly buds or belly headphones, whatever they are called anyways.  We'll take option two and have my wife listen to music like normal in the car.  We think it's important for our daughter to be able to recognize all kinds of music from ABBA to Frank Zappa.  There will be a test within the first year and I'm a very strict tester.

Like I said before, there is no proof that any of this really works.  Just think, if it does, I can soothe my crying and screaming baby with The Temptations and Clash, rather than Barney and the Wiggles.  Whatever works is fine, but I'd like to enjoy what we're hearing as well.  I'll need soothing too.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm... maybe this will give you a little proof.

    When I was pregnant with my daughter, who is now 34, I listened to Frampton, BTO, Deep Purple, etc... on a daily basis, she LOVES that era of Rock-N-Roll music!

    When She was pregnant with my granddaughter, who is 13, guess what she listened to... that's right, the same music, my granddaughter LOVES the same era of music and is a whiz at Guitar Hero, especially Ozzy and Van Halen.

    Im just saying its kinda co-inky-dinky that we all love the same kind of music.
    Good Luck, anything beats listening to the Wiggles and Barney!!!