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Talking to your bump

Talking to your bump before your baby is born and in the early weeks after birth helps you get to know each other and form a close bond.

Why it’s important to talk to your bump

Bonding can begin before birth. Babies’ brains develop very quickly during pregnancy – they can hear and feel things too.

  • Did you know that babies’ hearing starts developing from about sixteen weeks into pregnancy?
  • By 6 months of pregnancy, your baby can hear music and voices and recognise familiar voices

Babies recognise voices and can start to respond even while they’re still in the womb.

  • Feeling your baby move and kick in response to your voice and your touch makes those early conversations really rewarding
  • Making a connection with your baby helps you feel very close to them even before they are born

Bump chats

  • Find regular quiet times when you can talk and sing to your baby
  • Try ‘turn taking’: when you feel them kick, rub that spot. Wait for another kick and respond again
  • Babies hear their mother’s heartbeat all the time, day and night. Try gently tapping or making a sound along with it
  • Encourage partners, grandparents and any older siblings to get involved too
  • You may notice your baby relaxes at the sound of familiar voices, and becomes calmer and quieter when you are talking to them. Notice how your baby responds
  • If you’re not sure what to say, try reading a baby book aloud or sing nursery rhymes or talk about everyday things, your baby will just enjoy the sound of your voice
  • Gently rocking and moving to music is a good way for your baby to develop movement skills and balance even before birth

Take a look at this video from the BBC’s Tiny Happy People- Talking to your bump, what are the benefits?

Mother speaking to her bump

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Page last reviewed: 24-05-2023

Next review due: 24-05-2026