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
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.