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Your baby's hearing

Babies can't see in the womb, because there is no light. However, babies start to hear the many varied sounds in the uterus by the 24th or 25th week.

Babies can hear everything from their mother's heartbeat to the music on their mother's favorite radio station. Some parents report that their unborn babies respond to parental voices and other sounds before delivery. A few parents even read to their baby before birth.

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Source: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

First published: 05/11/2001
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic