Music and Babies

Babies are musical beings and are fascinated by music from birth. Research has shown that music played to a child while still in the womb has a beneficial effect on the child’s brain and helps to lay the foundation of later learning, music ability and language development. Music helps to relax you and your baby and can improve your baby’s memory development and sensory coordination.

There are many benefits of surrounding your baby with music. Music assists in the development of speech. Singing nursery rhymes and simple songs teaches a baby how language is constructed and assists with the acquisition of language. Playing guitar with your baby and singing nursery rhymes is a wonderful experience for them.  If you do not know how to play guitar you might consider to begin to learn guitar now that you are a parent.  it is easier than you think and you can start with free online guitar lessons. Singing songs with babies will also teach them about tone, beat and rhythm. 

Babies enjoy experiencing music and movement together. Teach songs with actions and encourage your baby to dance along to the music. Movement helps babies learn balance, coordination, body awareness and rhythm. Getting your baby to play an instrument will help with her creative development and help develop her fine motor skills. Music can also be a fun, special time to share with your baby.

Including music as a routine part of your day will have many positive effects on your baby. Babies can be settled to sleep with music. A song sung by a parent or played on a CD prior to sleep time can help to establish a good bedtime routines for babies.

Having a few CDs with a variety of children’s songs will keep parents and babies amused. Babies will quickly pick up nursery rhymes and repetitive tunes and be singing along before you know it. Music can be effective in keeping babies entertained in the car on long trips. Ensure you have a variety of CDs. You can never have enough of them as parents quickly get bored by the same tunes playing over and over and over again. When you need a bit of variety in your music, borrow a few CD's from your local library to listen to for a few weeks.

If you play an instrument, learn a few nursery thymes to play and sing along with your baby. You will take pleasure in watching him dancing along to your tunes. The whole family can join in and enjoy the experience.  Guitar is an easy instrument to start with, have a look at online guitar classes that you can do in your own time.

If you are looking for lyrics of nursery rhymes and guitar chords have a look at our nursery rhymes with guitar chords page where you can look for your favourite nursery rhyme and also download a pdf of 40 of the best nursery rhymes.  Print this out and make yourself a booklet of songs to sing with your baby.

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