A wonderful way to calm and soothe your baby is with music. Music has been found to be one of the most effective ways to calm a baby, especially during the first year. Many parents will tell you that music was the only way they could get their baby to stop fussing.
Certain distinct sounds have been proven to calm even the fussiest babies. The sound of nature is one of the most effective along with white noise and of course music. You may want to use music as often as you can to encourage the feeling of calm in your baby, even if your baby is not fussing or crying. A few minutes a day is all it takes and before you know it, your baby will be looking forward to hearing the soothing music coming from your CD or Tape player.
There is nothing mysterious or complicated about encouraging your baby to love music. It is not necessary for you to search for the perfect song or a certain type of music. Just play the music that you like, and your baby will like it too
Not only should you play the music that you listen to regularly, but you can find hundreds of CDs and Tapes on the market today that are filled with baby songs and lullabies. Quiet baby songs with a slow beat can be played at the end of the day to help baby settle in to sleep.
Beside soothing your baby, playing music has other benefits.
o You are introducing your baby to musical sounds.
o Music can enhance your baby's cognitive skills.
o Playing music will stimulate your baby's curiosity and interest in music.
o You are teaching your child to enjoy music at a very early age.
o Music can relieve stress for the entire family.
Look for a wide variety of music for your baby to listen to. Take time to find the type of music they enjoy listening to. Before long you will notice which music your baby is most attracted to, and what music to play when they are particularly fussy or crying.
It's a god idea to sing often to your baby. Your baby is learning to recognize the sounds of different music as well as your voice. Cooing, talking and crooning to your baby are also recommended.
Although you may not always notice, your baby is changing day by day. Through the use of music your baby is stimulated on a different level.
Because music can soothe your frayed nerves and lift your spirits, it can be a benefit for you as well as your baby. Listening to music and singing a lullaby to your baby can also help you bond with your child. It is thought that babies seem to be able to differentiate the difference between a melody and talking. Someone is always talking to your baby, but they recognize music and lullabies sung to them as something special.
An added benefit of playing music for your baby is that by associating music with bedtime you can teach your baby to fall off to sleep listening to a song or lullaby. Getting baby to sleep on a schedule is without question a top priority for most new parents.