When can your baby-to-be hear?

When can your baby hear?

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What an interesting question. I can tell you that by the 20th week after the last menstrual period, your baby has developed anatomically enough to receive sound impulses.

Much of sound is interpretation, so it is obvious that the baby will not differentiate sounds until he or she has heard them repeatedly. Some references state that the baby can distinguish the sound of his mother's and father's voice by the fifth month. I'm not sure about this but I do know that your baby can hear and react to loud sudden noises about this time -- a dog bark, loud buzz, or loud music.

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