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Editor's Note: Lauren Saccone 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.

Making Sweet Music: Toys & Activities To Inspire Your Child’s Creative Side

By | Music, Parenting

Your little one has a big imagination — and now is the time to encourage them to really get in touch with their creative side. Creativity is a powerful tool that can provide your children with a rich inner life, as well as help them professionally and academically in the future. Best of all, you can help them to nurture this trait with a bunch of fun activities everyone will enjoy.

We’ve rounded up some great tips and ideas for encouraging your child to be creative. Be sure to try them all to see which one sparks your little one’s imagination.

Rock On

Get your child excited about music by having them start their very own band! You can watch fun music videos together for inspiration, and share your favorite songs with them. Then grab a fun plush guitar and have them play along with songs they love! They’ll have fun doing wild guitar solos thinking up their own lyrics.

If they seem especially interested, you can suggest they try their hands at playing actual instruments. Who knows — you might have a creative budding rock star on your hands!

Investigate Your World

Creativity comes in all forms, and scientific experimentation is one of them! If your child is curious about the natural world, have them go on a nature hike with you. The two of you can learn about the different plants and animals in the area, and even do some fun experiments at home!

You’ll both learn some amazing natural facts, and your child’s mind will open up to the wonders of the natural world. You can even write journal entries or short stories about your discoveries together.

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Dig Deep

If your little one loves dinosaurs, do some research into fossils. You can even schedule a trip to a museum to learn even more about these magnificent creatures. Then have your child discuss what they’ve learned, what they think about the dinosaurs, and what they imagine they might look like. It’s a fun combination of fact and fantasy you’ll both enjoy.

Create A Comic Book

Your child will adore creating a fun and fantastical comic book with you! You can download simple outlines of pages online, or simply draw your own. Then have your kid think up a superhero, their secret identity, and you’re ready to go! Everyone will love the fun adventures their character gets into, and your child will gain confidence and creativity when they share their stories with family and friends. So ask your child this: What would your superpower be?

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone 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.

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Why Music is Important for Toddlers

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Why Music is Important for Toddlers

As adults, listening to music is usually about having a good time, enjoying the beat or melody, or connecting with lyrics. But, music is exceptionally important for toddlers. It helps them to identify rhythms and tones, but beyond that, it has many cognitive benefits to consider!

These benefits will help your child’s development in more ways than one. Let’s take a look at exactly why music is so important (and beneficial) for toddlers.

 

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It Helps With Literacy and Patterns

 Babies can start to tell the difference between certain sounds at a very young age. As they continue to grow, they can recognize different voices and associate them with certain people.

When babies are introduced to music, it doesn’t take long for them to start to identify different sound patterns. As they grow into toddlers, this type of recognition becomes even more important. They learn how to put patterns into a sequence based on things like melody repetition or lyrics.

This is the building block of literacy; being able to predict what comes next. By singing things like nursery rhymes and musical poems to your child, you can help to build their literacy skills from a very young age.

It Boosts Motor Skills

Have you ever noticed your toddler bouncing around or dancing whenever a song starts to play? That natural movement should always be encouraged! It builds coordination and hones in on your child’s fine motor skills.

Listening to music also helps your child to learn rhythms and if they’re dancing, it can help with coordination, balance, and muscle development.

There are so many additional reasons to introduce music to your toddlers. Whether you let them listen to your favorite songs, play a musical instrument for them, or sing to them each day, they’ll love the interaction, and it can help them to develop emotionally, physically, and mentally.

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.

Music vs Reading | Daphyls Iconic Baby Gear
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.

Can Music Trump Reading for Babies?

By | Music, Parenting

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.

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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.

Introduce Music to Your Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Harrison Howe 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.

Never Too Young: How to Introduce Music to Your Baby

By | Music, Parenting

How to Introduce Music to Your Baby

Music hath charms…

There’s little doubt that music crosses cultural, ethnic and social lines. Many of us are in some way touched, influenced and possibly even motivated by our musical tastes. They might not all be the same of course; hip-hop for some, country for others, pop for still other segments of the population. But there’s no denying that music in some form has touched and continues to touch our lives in an impactful way.

Musical tones can be very soothing and engrossing for even newborns. Babies, of course, love to be rocked and sung to sleep, for instance. The sound of singing and music can be a great source of comfort to an infant. But it doesn’t always have to be mom or dad singing a lullaby. If you have a newborn at home, start playing some tunes.

Infancy is a great time to introduce your child to music. Is he/she ready for Metallica or Linkin Park? Maybe not at the blasting levels you’d like to play those and similar artists, but at a low volume? Why not? If you enjoy this music, play it. Your child will learn to love those sounds.

There’s also plenty of benefits to go along with introducing music to your infant. Music can help build communication and cognitive skills, reduce stress and help with emotional development.

Musician and music educator/researcher Robert Cutietta once told PBS Parents, “This internalizing of musical patterns is most often accomplished by singing and movement at an early age.” Cutietta explains the importance of singing with your child, holding your child and swaying to the music, and having music as a “constant ‘soundtrack’ in the home.”

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Now you might be convinced of the importance and benefits of music to your child, so where to start?

Here are some tips for introducing music to your baby:

  • Play music at bedtime: of course, soft music will be best here, but whatever it is, play it low as a source of comfort and familiarity to your baby
  • Use a variety of music: throughout the day, play some Van Halen, some Garth Brooks, some Mozart, even. Your child will let you know what music she likes and what she doesn’t. Expose her to a variety and see the reaction and, hopefully, the joy
  • Use music as bonding time: be with your baby when the music is playing. Watch their reactions. Engage with them and bond with them
  • Take time from TV to turn on the stereo: television can be a great tool for engaging children and helping them develop communication and cognitive skills, but there’s a reason it’s called the ‘idiot box’. Use it sparingly, and turn on the tunes instead

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Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe 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.