Most parents know the importance of reading to their babies and toddlers. Reading helps to develop language skills, it helps babies to recognize patterns, and it even helps with other areas of cognitive development.
But, recent studies have found that music may have benefits that go above and beyond what reading to your baby can offer. While you absolutely shouldn’t stop reading to your child, you might want to consider making some informal music with them, too!
Informal vs. Commerical Baby Music
You’ve probably heard about parents playing Mozart for their babies, or investing in ‘baby music’ programs for their little ones to watch over and over again. The concept is the same: Music helps with cognitive development, and it can help your child to develop better social-emotional skills.
But, you don’t have to give into the hype behind the commercialized baby music. In fact, your child may benefit more from the two of you making up a song together. It could be something as simple as you singing a tune or playing it on the piano. Or, let your child listen to some of your favorite songs and have a dance party with your baby!
Making informal music with your child in their toddler years can help with literacy, emotion regulation, increase their attention span, and boost their social skills by the time they’re five.
Make It A Part of Their Day
You don’t need to buy into all the hype surrounding the “right” kind of music for your baby. While there certainly are benefits to listening to things like classical or songs with repetition, it isn’t the only way to introduce the world of music to your child. It’s the informal type you make together that will have the biggest impact. Combined with reading to your child everyday, you’re preparing them to be successful in every way – just by having fun together!
Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske 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.