Whether you’re pregnant and want to play tunes to your unborn baby with your Lullabelly pregnancy musical belt, or you have a newborn and want to play songs to soothe her, you don’t have to download the latest lullaby compilation.
Parents sometimes fall into a trap of only playing kid songs, or classical music, to their little ones because they think they should. But there is no need to limit yourself to “Old McDonald” and the like if that’s not your jam.
In an article in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Erin Hannon, PhD, director of the Music Lab at University of Nevada, Las Vegas says, “If parents like the music, then parents will be engaged in sharing the music with baby.”
Hannon and other researchers say that exposure to all different types of music has a lot of benefits for your baby growing a relationship with you and the world at large.
So my advice is to play something you love to your baby. Play something that makes you feel good and smile. Turn up Beyonce’s Put a Ring on It or rock out to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy… and if you’re in the mood, introduce your baby to The New Kids on the Block – hey, you listened to them growing up so your baby should too, right?
Remember, by sharing music you love, you’ll be sharing some good vibrations together and growing the important mother-baby bond between the two of you.