At birth, a newborn has a difficult time hearing soft sounds and distinguishing high-pitched sounds. Baby’s hearing will develop fairly rapidly throughout the first year of life, reminding us of the importance of providing baby a range of pleasant and interesting auditory experiences. Caregivers should be aware that loud and sudden noises can startle a very young baby and so should remember to protect their delicate, developing sense of hearing from continuous, loud music and other repetitive loud environments. Reading to baby from birth may seem senseless, however, baby learns about language by hearing spoken words repeated over and over again. Pre-speaking babies are taking in all of the sounds, intonation and cadence of their native language long before they are able to create the words on their own.