Should Babies Listen to Classical Music?
The saying goes that babies who listen to classical music may end up smarter. Is this fact or fiction? Let's dive in and find out if there are any benefits to exposing our infants to the world of classical music!
Does music have an effect on babies in the womb?
Music has a role in brain development whether one is in the fetal or infant stage. Listening to music while pregnant not only creates an uplifting atmosphere for the mother, but also stimulates a positive environment for the baby.
Around 16─18 weeks of pregnancy, the foetus starts to hear its first sound. By 24 weeks, the ears will start to develop rapidly and babies would instinctively turn their heads towards the direction of noise and sound. The response to an audio stimuli indicates brain and response development.
The reason why parents put on lullabies for babies is because it help lull babies to sleep for three reasons: (1) They help regulate the emotions of the baby
(2) They work to foster a stronger bond between child and parent
(3) Lullabies help establish a routine
Lullabies are similar to classical music in the sense that they usually produce gentle sounds and pleasant melodies - this inspires a safe and peaceful atmosphere in which the baby can relax.
How can music help your baby learn to socialise?
Music at early ages helps children express themselves and share their feelings to those around them. The stimulation from music makes them perform actions such as swaying, bouncing, and moving their hands in response to music they hear. Thus, in the process of listening to catchy melodies, it also improves their muscle coordination which keeps them active and healthy.
Knowing that music can calm and soothe children, parents should start early and build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact child development, improve social skills, and benefits kids of all ages. Starting music with your children as early as possible can never go wrong!
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.