Relax Your Baby with Music

Babies Relax with Music

You’ve almost certainly seen videos and CDs for babies. I would avoid the videos for kids under two years old, as there is increasing research evidence that time spent observing TV is time spent NOT learning anything. But CD’s are absolutely different. There are some theories that classical music, especially music by Mozart, can make your baby smarter. Nevertheless, exposing your child to music is part of what we do to introduce them to all the sights and sounds of their world.

Soft gentle music can definitely help calm your child down and put him in a restful state at bedtime or nap time. What are some good choices for a baby? Anything that is rhythmic and light will suit a baby under six months.

Pretty much anything you love or use yourself for relaxation is beneficial for a little one too. As well as Mozart or Bach collections for bedtime, the music of Enya can be very soothing as well. Georgia Kelly’s harp music is also calming and peaceful. But don’t forget your own voice. Singing to your baby is one of the best ways to generate a feeling of love and security. Spirituals and soft gospel music are also excellent selections to help the baby get to sleep.

We’ve known youngsters who respond to minimalist Phillip Glass’s music; it’s simple and rhythmic and when they get older, they’ll enjoy dancing to it. When your baby’s awake, there are lots of nursery rhymes or music from kids’ movies that can stimulate his senses. Singng also shows baby rhythm and pattern which are so important in the devlopment of speech.

But to go back to the notion of sleep, we don’t want an artificial silence, so white noise, in the form of a fan (not directed right at the baby), or from sound machines that recreate the sound of an ocean or swishing rain can be restful as well, and can block out noise from the home, since that can make it harder for them to get to sleep when the home’s rhythms and noises get back to normal. This is a great chance for you to explore classical music as well, if it’s not already part of your life. The trick is to play the same few tracks over and over every day until you know them. The same music that’s helping your baby get to sleep can help soothe your own nerves and produce a amazing time of bonding and restfulness for you and your baby together.

Ella Jackson is a retired teacher and educationist who taught children in Nursery School, Kindergarten, all stages of Primary School as well as home tutoring numerous children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. During her career she was involved in educational research in primary schools and has a special interest in theories of learning, using the arts in education and language development. She is also the mother of three grown up children. Her ebook “How to Teach your Baby to Talk” is a 96 page, illustrated guide for parents and carers on a sure method of teaching babies to how to talk.

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