Babies love music, whether they are making the music themselves or being lulled to sleep with baby music
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Baby music just for the two of you
First of all, here’s some complimentary baby music for you. Here’s 8-hours of lullabies with a video for babies to go to sleep + HD (1080p) video animation.
This collection includes: Brahms’ Lullaby, Pachelbel’s Canon, Toyshop, Hush Little Baby, Mary Had a Little Lamb, At Sea, Frère Jacques, Für Elise, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, Silent Night, The Monkey, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Bach’s Prelude played on a Music Box, in a relaxing 8-hour loop.
Back to music and your baby
Let’s take a look at some questions:
Can listening to music benefit my child?
The answer is Definitely yes.
When you think about how music affects you, you will realize that an upbeat tune chases away the blues and soft music helps you to fall asleep.
It is exactly the same for your baby.
Lullabies soothes your baby to sleep. You can ask any parent who had to get up in the middle of the night and who then resorted to singing (or playing) a lullaby for their baby to soothe them back to sleep.
Sometimes, music is a part of therapy for premature babies because research links listening to music to improved health and weight gain. For more information on that, you can take a look at this article about music therapy.
Music can benefit you too. Music has the power to lift your spirits, soothe your nerves and move you to dance. (overall feeling better mood)
Music helps with bonding as well. Imagine the joy you and your baby share when you sway to the beat of a lovely melody.
Can music make my baby smarter?
Although there’s a lot of debates going on around this subject, some experts do claim that learning to play an instrument makes kids smarter in math. But that conclusion is based on research that focused on older children and not babies or young toddlers.
But, plenty of research shows that studying music at a young age profoundly influences brain development.
Studies have shown that listening to pleasing music (for both college students and 5-year-olds) improves performance on cognitive tests and promotes creativity.
Some research has shown that newborns can discriminate between their native language and unfamiliar language by listening to pitch and rhythm.
According to studies done at McMaster University, babies brains benefit from music lessons.
You can read more on how music influences a baby in this article on The emotional baby: How infants respond to music
What are the best ways to make music a part of my baby’s life?
Televisions has become such an important part of our lives, how about rather making music the most important part of your baby’s life.
If you invest in a MP3 Walkman video player (aff), not just your baby, but you too will have hours of musical enjoyment.
With this investment, your baby could enjoy it until he/she is a teenager – but chances are by then there will be more amazing things on the market for teenagers.
Or you can take a look at how technology is already expanding with the Amazon Tap.
Play music at bedtime (after reading a story of course) to soothe your baby off to sleep. Playing the baby music video at the beginning of this page will quickly settle your baby down and help him/her to relax while falling asleep.
You should avoid playing music that is too short, because when the music stops, your baby just might wake up again, this is according to psychologist Jodi Mindell author of Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
Instead you can play a few songs for your child and turn off the music just before he/she falls asleep.
Sing your baby to sleep by singing lullabies. You don’t have to worry whether you can sing or not. Your baby will not be a critic and will love the effort and attention.
Sing during playtime to entertain your baby. You can sing a song when you break the stack of blocks you built or make funny faces and gestures while singing to keep your baby entertained.
Let your baby make his/her own music banging on a drum, piano, xylophone or pots and pans. But, please, don’t take things too seriously at this age because most children aren’t ready to start instrument lessons until they’re about 5 – 7 years old.
Is there any type of music that is best for my baby?
Here, you should let your personal preferences guide you.
Do you like classical music and your baby seem to enjoy it too? – Then go for that.
Play your favorite tunes or spice thing up with a bit of Brazilian, African or Techno beats.
Using slow songs for bedtime and fast ones for play time is the best.
Some advice by experts is that you may want to stay away from head-banging rock, grunge music or rap. Research suggests that babies prefer pleasant, harmonic music rather than discordant, harsh sounds.
Think cheerful and simple and you can’t go wrong.
Conclusion about baby music
Listening to music (or trying to make your own) with your baby should be about having fun and exposing your baby to new sounds and rythms.
Let your baby give you the clues. Does he/she seem to enjoy what you play for him/her? Does he/she become animated when you play a certain tune?
Follow your baby’s lead and chances are that you will raise a music lover for life.
Learn more about the benefits of music for babies and kids at Mom Loves Best.com
This might also be a good time to Join the Amazon music unlimited free trial (aff).
Don’t forget to check out the great tips on the Baby Clothes page.