We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, playing prenatal music for baby-to-be benefits both mom and baby. It creates a wonderful bonding experience, reduces stress levels, enhances the stimulation of your unborn baby’s growing brain and improves sleeping patterns for a newborn baby (all great things, right?!).
So, let’s say you’ve purchased your prenatal music belt (hopefully a Lullabelly!) and now you’re wondering what type of music should baby rock out to?
Most pediatricians agree that any type of music is suitable for you and baby to enjoy. It’s all about offering a variety of soothing and repetitive sounds for baby to groove to.
Classical music is always a great choice. Particularly Mozart’s symphonies, because they mix the right amount of new sounds and repetition, says Roaslie Pratt, a professor of music medicine at Brigham Young University, in an article from BabyCenter.com.
However, you should skip the heavy metal, rap, grunge, hard rock and head banging songs. Studies show that constant exposure to chaotic, discordant music may negatively alter the brain’s structure.
Listen to your own moods. If you’re feeling a little retro, choose Madonna or Elton John. If you want something more relaxing, choose Michael Buble or Josh Grobin. If you’re in the mood for something popular that you can sing along to, choose Maroon Five or Pink – or maybe even a little Flo Rida. Whatever the case, choose something you would enjoy and something you want to share with your baby now and later.
Oh, and if you’re getting tired of hearing that same old Beethoven selection, baby probably feels the same way too. Change it up, create a mix tape and most of all, have fun!