Research shows that music can improve a baby’s ability to understand speech, which is the foundation for reading and writing skills. According to the Mayo Clinic, we relax when we listen to music and it also reduces feelings of pain.
Lullabies can even help prepare us for sleep. The legato movement of lullabies helps a baby to achieve a soothing emotional state, whilst music that is more upbeat in rhythm activates a baby’s movements, visual focus and attention.
Erika Woodman, Creative Director of GoBabyClub points out the importance of music in baby development and gives advice on how to introduce your baby to music in his first year.
Benefits of music for your baby’s development:
- Improved performance in mathematics, sciences and languages
- Higher IQ levels
- Stronger emotional awareness
- Positive self-esteem
- Better memory
- Improved motor skills
Incorporate music into your baby’s development using musical instruments and by doing developmental activities to songs and chants.
Here are 7 easy ways to introduce music to your baby in his first year:
- Try to introduce all rhythms and timings such as 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 and both Major and Minor keys.
- Sing and listen to pop songs, folk songs, songs from other cultures, songs with a fast beat and songs with a slow beat. Make up your own songs.
- Sing in a high voice, in a low voice or a silly voice. Let dad sing as well.
- Sing what you are doing, making it up as you go along.
- Clap to the rhythm of the music to which you are listening. Hold your baby’s hands and clap the rhythm.
- Tap the rhythm with your baby’s feet or with a wooden spoon on a pot.
- Dance with your baby every day to all different types of music and beats.