From sign language to diversified languages, there are so many studies that show babies brains benefit from a multi-dimensional approach to learning. Music is one very important way to introduce babies, tots, and children to things in the world around them in addition to an alternative way of expressing themselves. There are quite a few programs available to kick start music appreciation in your child.
showed that babies who are introduced to music from a young age have much more active imaginations. They will think outside the box when playing and interacting.
Another study by Dr. Laurel Trainor suggests that dancing to music with another person increases the hormone oxytocin, the same hormone associated to the bonding created through nursing.
Daniel Levitin PhD has a book called, This is Your Brain on Music, that explains that babies brains go through a stage of babbling musically as well as lingually and it's important to nourish that as much as language.
A good place to start is with the classic nursery rhymes. Super Simple Songs
has a fantastic collection of nursery rhymes turned into songs and little videos that kids love. They are upbeat and the videos are bright yet calming and soothing so they are perfect for even the infant in the house. Little Baby Bum
offers another collection of songs for kids that is a little more chipper than Super Simple Songs making it ideal for toddlers.
If you'd rather avoid the TV, you can play the videos on your phone and listen to them through a speaker.
For additional introduction to music, check out your local library. Most libraries have a children's section that has a Music, Mommy, and Me class. These classes often fill up fast, so be sure to find the schedule and sign up immediately.
Studies show that the brain learns quickly and absorbs so much through music. These are just a few ways to incorporate music into your child's life. So why not start early with your little ones? You will enjoy seeing them get excited about the music and they will have fun dancing and singing.
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