However, lots of people seem to think it's a good idea and have been exposing their unborn offspring to the BabyPlus 'curriculum' - a series of, and I quote, "...naturally derived sounds that resemble a mother's heartbeat."
Naturally derived...? What does that mean?! And, erm, babies are already listening to sounds that actually are their mother's heartbeat.
Apparently the whole BabyPlus 'thing' works by introducing your child to a sequential learning process, built upon the natural rhythms of their own environment.
BabyPlus also claim that BabyPlus children have an intellectual, developmental, creative, and emotional advantage from the time they are born - talk about Tiger parenting to the per-birth extreme (you can tell I'm not impressed with this, right?).
You should start using it from 18 weeks gestation, and it will set you back $149 but, you know what? Isn't this just another way to get parents (to be) to spend money on 'stuff'?
I mean, why not take things a step further and play educational sounds to our eggs and sperm to really get in there early!!!
HA!! I've really amused myself now - I see 'educational pants' for men on the pre-conception road, that play various sounds and rhythms; folic acid for women, 'smart pants' for men - just remember you heard it here first!