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Our weird parenting trick

We decided not to find out whether we were having a boy or girl, but it didn’t matter. Either way, Joe was sure our baby would grow up to be a baseball fan. That’s how something that started as a goofy pregnancy habit turned into an accidental parenting trick.

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We’d read that at around the five month mark of pregnancy, babies can start to hear sounds from outside the womb. And I remember my friend Amy, who had a baby a year or so before Emmett, posted about how her daughter seemed to favor songs that Amy had played a lot during her pregnancy.

So each night and on random road trips, Joe and I would sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to my belly.

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Now, whenever Emmett gets upset, one of us starts in singing it to him and — almost like magic, it seems to calm him down.

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No promises that this will be the magic soothing method for all babies (especially not Sox or Cardinals fans), but it’s worth a try. Happy opening day!

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