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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

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

From Pink Floyd sippy cups to Grateful Dead strollers, our baby products have been inspired by legendary rock bands that you and your child will love as much as you love the music!

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.

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Music Helps Your Baby’s Brain Grow

By | Education, Health, Music, Parenting

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.

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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!

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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.

Beatles Quiz

By | Kids Fashion, Music, Parenting

My 9 year old, Nicholas, really enjoys reading. He recently found a book series at his school book fair that he fell in love with. It is called the Who Was Book Series, it is intended for children, and the book that caught his attention is Who Were The Beatles? by Geoff Edgers. There are over 120 books in this series, 6 of them being musicians.

He now walks around like a Beatles expert telling the family all these interesting facts about The Beatles or quizzing us to see if we know the answers; we hear a lot of “Did you know…” and “Guess what…” It is very cool to see him delving into the history of the band and not just the music.

We were driving through a town called East Liverpool the other day and he saw the road sign and said “Liverpool, that is where The Beatles are from, but in England not America.” We got a good laugh out of that. So without further ado, I thought it would be fun for him to come up with a quiz about The Beatles to test your knowledge, see how well you can do!

 

Beatles Quiz Questions:

  1. What name did The Beatles go by before they became The Beatles?
  2. What were two nicknames The Beatles may have been called?
  3. Where did the name The Beatles come from?
  4. Who was the youngest and oldest Beatle?
  5. What inspired them to form a band?
  6. How did The Beatles style their hair?
  7. Which Beatle had the happiest childhood?
  8. What was their first single in England?
  9. They could sell out a show in 30 mins and fans chased them everywhere they went, what was this frenzy called?
  10. Why did The Beatles leave their families?

 

 

Answers:

  1. The Quarrymen
  2. The Mop Tops or The Fab Four
  3. Not a bug, it was because their music had such a strong beat.
  4. Youngest Paul McCartney 6/18/42 and oldest Ringo Starr 7/7/1940
  5. Other bands like Elvis and Little Richard
  6. 1st with grease, then in German style later known as the mop top (grow your hair out and comb it forward), eventually long
  7. George Harrison, he didn’t lose parents or get sick like the others.
  8. Please Please Me
  9. Beatlemania
  10. To go on tour

 

— Jessica Blackwood is a mother of 3 boys from Pennsylvania