There are several benefits associated with reading to a baby in utero. In addition to becoming familiar with its mother’s and father’s voices, an unborn baby is already processing words. This gives her a head start in critical thinking and word recognition, as well as deepens her connection with those whose voices she hears. “Reading to an unborn baby provides an additional form of language stimulation that is more structured,” said Fadiyla Dopwell, M.D., a Dallas, Texas-based developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Pediatrix affiliate Developmental Pediatric Services. “Daily reading with an unborn baby will also help in further developing a secure parent-child attachment. It provides a tranquil opportunity for baby and mother to bond with one another.”

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