How Music Helps Baby Development

Does music help a baby’s growth and development? Well, let’s think about how an upbeat song makes you get all excited and how music can also help you fall asleep. Your baby is no stranger to the effects of music.

Lullabies are a great way to soothe a baby and put them to sleep. When your baby wakes up at 2 o’clock in the morning your first instinct is to either feed them or to rock and sing them back to sleep. A great tip is to play soft soothing music for your baby, which will promote feelings of calmness and comfort in your baby.

Music has the ability to soothe you, too. It has the power to calm your nerves, help you during a stressful moment during your day and it can even alter your mood.

Can music make your baby smarter?

According to the book called The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell, listening to music by Mozart can calm the nerves, spike creativity and enhance energy levels in babies. The music also helps parents during stressful situations, which is extremely beneficial to the baby. However, despite popular belief, listening to classical music does not make the baby smarter. Classical music will soothe the baby and since classical music puts our minds at ease, it can also help your baby fall back to sleep. Classical music has a complex structure and babies can certainly remember classical music selections that they heard before.

Listening to any type of music can have positive effects on our baby’s brain. Music also makes learning easier as babies develop and grow.

Music also promotes bonding between you and your baby. Singing your baby to sleep will certainly help create a bond that you will have for the rest of your life. You will always remember singing to your baby when that song by Jewel called “Brahms Lullaby” comes on the radio.

Music has the power to lift your spirits and enhance your mood making parenting a lot easier. Your baby’s environment should be a calm and stress free one. Having music playing in the background at home is a great way to keep a healthy and calm environment going for your baby.

When music is part of your routine, your little one may speak sooner. Babies who engage in making music (with simple instruments such as drums or shakers) and even moving to the beat use more communicative gestures which help babies to acquire language skills a lot quicker than babies who listen passively to music. Songs also introduce babies to new words and rhymes and this will help your baby learn other words much faster since they have heard similar words in songs.

Music also promotes emotional intelligence in your baby. Music can bring on strong emotions in you and your baby. By listening to classical music, babies exercise their ability to detect certain moods and emotions through music, while being able to develop feelings influenced by listening to music.