Playing Music For Your Baby: It Doesn’t Have to Be All Mozart and Kiddie Tunes

Posted February 20th, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

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.

Using Music To Boost Your Baby’s Mood

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

We’ve all done it or seen it in action; a crying baby is soothed by the calming sounds of a sweetly sung lullaby.When my toddler was a baby, I used to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to her and it would quiet her down instantaneously.

In an article in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Diane Bales, PhD, a brain development specialist at The University of Georgia, says that songs can shape an infant’s mood before they can understand phrases like, “Calm down.”

Why?

Because experts say music has an effect on our brains, which in turn, impacts our moods.

Dr. Bales goes on to suggest that if a baby is sleepy, you can play quieter tunes that will help to settle her down.  If you want a baby to perk up, of course Dr. Bales recommends playing more upbeat music.

Essentially, you can use music to enhance your child’s current state of mind. Over time, a familiar song can be as soothing as a blanket or favorite stuffed animal.

Three years later, my daughter is still lulled to sleep by the same goodnight songs I’ve been singing to her since she was in my tummy.

So pick a few of your favs and keep them in your musical rotation. Familiar songs will still have an affect on your child’s mood for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

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