The importance of music for you and your baby
Music has always helped us to smile, relax, sing or remind us of someone special. But did you know about the importance of music for babies? Music can also be beneficial for your unborn baby as it helps in developing the ear and brain to hear, integrate and generate language sounds. What's more, it does not only benefit your baby, but is also good for the mother.1
Music establishes a beautiful bond between a mother and a baby which helps in stimulating your baby’s brain and improves sleeping patterns for a newborn. For the mother, singing increases lung capacity and also manages stress, making it a good practice in preparation for labour. It will also enhance your sense of well-being that will reflect on your baby.1,2
Here are a few fun ways that you can try to communicate with your baby with music:
- Nursery rhymes and lullabies are always interesting for your baby. Taking out some time to sing to them can help them develop their listening skills. By the 5th to 6th month of pregnancy, your baby will start reacting to these tunes.3
- Your baby will identify the songs after birth that will aid in soothing him/her. Your baby will also respond to familiar melodies from television programmes.3
- Dancing to slow music will help your baby develop good movement skills and balance.3
- You can play classical music for 10 minutes, twice a day from the 20th week onwards, since it has been proven to improve intellectual development of your baby.2
- The Benefits of Prenatal Music. Available from: http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/articles/the-benefits-of-prenatal-music/. As accessed on: 21/6/2017.
- West Z. Babycare before birth. Chapter: Connect with your baby; pp. 84-85. United States: DK Publishing.
- National Health Service. Talking to your bump. Available from: http://www.wyevalley.nhs.uk/media/187230/SALT-LEAFLET-talking-to-your-baby-BUMP-Job-No1238.pdf. As accessed on: 21/6/2017.