Music affects all of us in different ways. Upbeat music makes you feel more energetic, while soft music helps you feel calm and relaxed. It is the same for your baby as well. Babies often respond to music with great enthusiasm. Music encourages your baby’s natural fascination; it can boost natural skills and open the door for all kinds of exploration.
A gentle lullaby can soothe your baby’s fussiness, and make him fall asleep, while upbeat chorus music can make him excited. Research has proven that music is actually a good therapy for premature babies. It has been seen that listening to music results in improved weight gain in preterm babies. Children who grow up listening to various kinds of music develop strong music-related connections.
Music does not exactly make children smarter, it actually helps children think. Quite a lot of research shows that studying music at a young age influences brain development in children.
There has been a study that shows that listening to pleasant music improves cognitive clarity and leads to creativity among children. According to one study, two-month-old babies can remember brief melodies. While some experts claim that foetuses as young as 35 weeks can remember different sounds.
Babies usually listen to every kind of music. You can make your baby listen to any music you enjoy. According to research, if your baby moves according to the notes and rhythm of the music, then it would be easier to soothe him.
Studies have also proven that if music is a regular part of a baby’s routine, then he is likely to speak up sooner. Babies who engage in making music (making sounds with different objects) use more communicative gestures.
Playing music can be a good way to strengthen your relationship with the baby. Moving while listening to music releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone in our body.