Talking to your baby, before they’re born and in the early weeks after birth, helps you get to know each other and form a close bond. It gives your baby the best start in life.
Why it’s important to talk to your bump
- Babies’ brains develop very quickly during pregnancy – they can hear and feel things too
- Babies recognise familiar 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 that new little person helps you feel very close to them even before they are born
- 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
- Encourage partners, grandparents and any older siblings to get involved too
- If you’re not sure what to say, try reading a baby book aloud or sing nursery rhymes
This short film explains more, and shows what the baby can hear in your womb.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382