From those soothing lullabies you hum to your baby, to the lively beat your toddler claps and dances to… Music is one of the most powerful tools a parent has. You probably know this already, because doesn’t music just make us all feel good?
If you’d like more evidence, you’ll be glad to hear that science is playing your tune. Research shows that it’s easier to calm a baby who’s exposed to music. Harmony-loving babies smile more, are less stressed and more social. As your little one grows, they will continue to get so much from musical exposure and training.
There are many benefits to surrounding little ones with beats and melodies
- Fine motor skills
- Language processing
- Emotional development
- Social skills
- Self control
- Sound discrimination
- Short term memory
Most of us have heard of the “Mozart Effect”, the belief that classical music boosts academic ability. Sadly, this isn’t true. But don’t let that stop you from singing, playing and dancing together to every type of music imaginable. The benefits will linger long after the melody fades.
Dr. John Medina bases article content on research. Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of the best sellers, Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. This article was written on behalf of Fisher-Price.