The kids were not tired! Why would they be when they had friends to play with? And guess what they were playing. Dance party!
I was babysitting three and my two kids were along. The oldest was 8, the youngest 1. Yet this was the kind of fun they could all agree on.
The cutest thing ever was watching that one-year-old bust a move, using a flashlight to create a disco feel.
Music has a universal appeal no matter how old or young, no matter where we are from.
It’s no wonder because science proves that music is really, really good for us and our baby’s brain.
Music Makes Us Happy
When we listen to music, we get a dose of the brain chemicals dopamine and oxytocin. We end up with less of the stress hormone cortisol.
Dopamine is known as the “feel good” brain chemical. You get some by eating a big piece of chocolate cake. But you also get some when you listen to music. Scientists have even noted that there’s a bigger surge of dopamine when a person’s playlist is on shuffle. When they hear their favorite song without knowing it was coming, their brain gets even happier!
Oxytocin helps us feel social and teaches our brain to trust.
Cortisol levels go up during a tantrum, but down while listening to music. A happy baby means happy parents, too. Am I right?
So by playing music around your baby, you improve their mood through the baby’s brain chemicals!
Music Makes Your Baby’s Brain Bigger
It’s true! Studies have found that musical training increases the amount of grey matter in certain parts of the brain! Not only that, the section of the brain that communicates between the right and left side is larger in musicians.
Even if we aren’t musicians, listening to music still helps us get some of these effects. Who doesn’t want their little one to grow a bigger brain?
If you want a fun home and a smart baby, it turns out it’s as simple as playing some tunes! So what are you waiting for? Press play and get your groove on!
Editor’s Note: Cara Berzins is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.