Are You Listening? Your Newborn Is!

Mother kissing newborn babys headWhen music is turned on, people of all ages react. Babies move, young people dance, and the elderly sway and smile. Whatever the age and whatever the culture, music has appeal. Engaging, educational, and entertaining, the power of this medium has long been noted. From the use of Music Therapy to the Mozart effect, music has been proven to be a powerful force.

Did you know your baby could hear sounds and music even before they were born? Research shows that the fetus in the womb is able to hear sounds a mere 20 weeks following conception. New research from England reveals that for up to one year after being born, babies remember and even prefer music that they heard in utero.

Now that your baby is here, it's a great time to continue to use music as part of their daily life.

  • Music can soothe and calm. Your little baby may be laid back one minute and irritable the next. What can you do? In addition to remaining calm and trying to problem solve (are they hungry? need a diaper change? tired?), music provides you another “trick up your sleeve” to calm a fussy baby. Whether it's singing or playing music – whether classical, world music, or your favorite jazz – music can provide an engagement for your baby that may calm and comfort.
  • Singing provides a great way to make transitions for baby. Patterns in rhythm and melodies compliment the rhythms in our lives. A new baby may not enjoy the sensation of getting a diaper changed or a sponge bath. Consider using a special song (i.e. You Are My Sunshine) to use during times when you are caring for your baby. It's not only a great distraction; it provides a great way to interact with your child. If you are thinking, “I can't carry a tune,” your baby doesn't care! What your baby does care about is the sound of your voice. Whether you sing on pitch (or not) or have to make up the words to a tune, singing is a great way to engage your baby, anytime and all the time.
  • If you are feeling creative (or just silly from lack of sleep), try “piggy-backing” with familiar tunes. This means you may make up silly songs to tunes you know. Songs may be about things that are going on or places you are traveling to. An example is using the tune of Loop De Loo, but making your own words such as “here we go to grandma's house, here we go to grandma's house; here we go to grandma's house; on a beautiful day!” Children are naturally engaged by songs and voices. Even if they don't totally understand the content of your song, it may be just the right mechanism to prepare them for an outing or new venture.

Explore the possibilities.

Music in your baby's life: reflect, rejoice, and watch the response of your newborn.

Most of all, enjoy.

ADVERTISEMENT

What do you think?

Are You Listening? Your Newborn Is!

Tell us what you think!

12 comments

  1. Timothy says:

    I sing to Meeka every morning… she might end up being tone def but she will know a lot of songs….lol

  2. Alanna says:

    I’m almost 18 weeks pregnant and I will start playing music for the baby in a couple weeks. I’m excited to expose him to my favorites.

  3. Theresa says:

    my daughter loves her some house music. my husband played it to her when she was in the womb and now that she’s out, it calms her down when she gets fussy. 🙂

  4. Krystal says:

    My baby likes listening to music

  5. xquizitmom says:

    My daughter use to couldnt sleep without hearing 1 specific song every single night

  6. xquizitmom says:

    I listen to all kinds of music. And from my son &daughter isee different gestures to each kind. Its so cute

  7. april says:

    listening to baby einstein lullaby music helps my twins and older child calm down

  8. sheenaholman says:

    My little girl used to cry when I sang ha ha. Now She likes it.

  9. ChrisS says:

    My son loves hearing me sing. It sure calm him down 🙂

  10. glendis says:

    The sound of the ocean and listening to Andrea Bocelli calms my baby down.

  11. meggiepoo says:

    My 9 week old son loves country music. He calms down instantly when we turn it on. Very strange since DH and I listened to a lot more classic rock while I was pregnant than country.

  12. revogurl06 says:

    music and loudness puts her to sleep

Advertisement
[x]
×

EverydayFamily.com Week-by-Week Newsletter

Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year! Receive weekly updates on your pregnancy or new baby’s development as well as Free Stuff, Special Offers, Product Samples, Coupons, Checklists and Tools you can use today, and more from EverydayFamily! Plus all new members are entered to win FREE diapers for a year!

Due Date or Baby's Birth Date


By clicking the "Join Now" button you are agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy.

Send this to a friend