The Benefits of Music for Babies

They like music, and it’s good for them at this age. Some of the benefits to playing music to your baby include:

  • Speech recognition and development: Before they can comprehend words, infants can understand musical patterns. It gives them the practice they need to eventually understand speech (source).

  • Communication skills: By watching your facial expressions as you sing to them, your baby will learn more about the art of communication. It will watch your face change expressions while you’re communicating the words of the song.

  • Emotions: The different sounds you make while singing will help a child learn about their own emotions and how to begin regulating them. Mastering their emotions is a big part in their development.

  • It helps preemies: Some studies have shown that lullabies and live music can help a preemie’s vital signs get better, which makes it a good way for parents to spend their time. Often as a parent of a preemie you can feel helpless at times, but this is one way for you to fight that feeling.

  • Cognitive skills: Counting and memory are just two of the ways that music helps babies. Even babies who are just 8 months old can recognize parts of a song just a couple weeks after it has been introduced to them (source).

  • It reduces stress: There’s a reason music is so calming to babies — it can reduce their stress. The sounds of a song, especially a familiar one, can be soothing to babies. Making lullabies or music a regular part of a bedtime routine, for instance, will help them wind down.

  • They’ll get better shut-eye: Babies who are sung to by their parents get better sleep, according to some research (source).

  • It develops fine motor skills: Children, even when they are under the age of 1, are drawn to instruments. Whether it’s a makeshift drum or a few musical keys on one of their toys, babies love to try their hand at playing their own music. And it’s good for them too — it can help them develop hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills.

There aren’t a lot of drawbacks to music time for children. One thing to watch out for is how loud the music is — you need to protect your baby’s delicate ears. That’s not a concern if you’re singing lullabies to your baby, but if you play music from your stereo, you should keep it down pretty low.
The other thing to note is that babies shouldn’t listen to music all the time. They need some quiet time as well when they aren’t being introduced to anything (source).
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May 22, 2018 — admin