The development of a child requires the influence of several factors that go beyond genetic factors. And it is proven that we can control some of them and help in the development of babies and children positively. When we talk about songs for the baby , for example, we are talking about something that helps development and encourages your child to develop certain skills.
Importance of Music for Baby
The musical contact of babies and children can help you in many ways in your life. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is cognitive development, motor coordination and speaking, but the benefits of songs for the baby can go far beyond that, being a real differentiator for the child to grow up understanding better world around you. We can divide this importance into three points:
- Instrumental music
- Singing Music
- Music and Education
The first sound that a newborn baby recognizes is the voice of its own mother. Gradually, he can distinguish different sounds and, obviously, there will be those that please more and those that please less and even bother.
As we can imagine, loud, very high or very low sounds are not good for babies and can end up stressing them. So, early in life, prefer babies to listen to softer music.
Instrumental songs help them a lot because they are songs with different instruments and that have different rhythms within the same song, which helps the baby to get used to different sounds in a smooth way. Of course, we cannot ignore songs that are made especially for babies and that can be heard by them and that normally please them very much.
In addition, there are also other factors that appear throughout life. If at first, identifying instruments, sounds and sound changes helps them, later on the lyrics of the songs can be very important and useful for children to learn to speak.
These songs for the baby not only present new words, but also make the child know how to construct phrases and develop better in his speech. Again, children’s songs are of great importance, but nothing prevents children from hearing other things too.
Music and Education
Another factor that we must also take into account is the child’s further development with regard to education. Music brings several benefits, starting with the language already mentioned, but also in mathematics, for example, since a person who has music in their daily lives also needs to learn to count rhythms.
In addition to these types of development, there is also the benefit of the child learning a foreign language more easily by listening to music in that language, since he is already accustomed to music.
Early in life, babies are usually attracted to rattles and instruments that produce different sounds. It is one of the first contacts they have with musical instruments and a type of initiation for music.
A little older, toys that simulate percussion instruments , such as drums, for example, also tend to be successful with children, in addition to stimulating motor coordination.
Between 2 and 6 years of age , a child’s music lessons have much more the function of accustoming children to the musical universe than learning a real instrument. This only happens from the age of 6, where a child can start taking lessons on an instrument.
At first, the recorder is one of the most recommended both for its ease and the base it can give to other types of instruments. But it is clear that the desire of the child and the parents to learn a certain instrument can count when it comes to music lessons.
Baby Sleeping Songs
As we said earlier, many songs soothe and make a baby less stressed . This is the case of instrumental songs that include pianos, violins and flutes that play soft melodies. This calmness that they bring to the baby makes it easier for him to sleep.
Understanding the importance of music for the baby and for the different stages of a child’s development is essential for us to know how we can support our children in activities that are fun, educational and that help in all these points mentioned here.
The importance of music goes far beyond the simple fact of playing an instrument or developing motor coordination, but it helps children to express themselves , to develop a taste for writing, mathematics and even other languages.
With so many benefits, no matter what type of music the child will like most, the most important thing is that it is inserted in this context that goes far beyond education and help for life.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.