Q • My brother-in-law is a musician and believes in the power of introducing music to babies before they are ever born. He claims that his own could recognize his voice once they were born and thinks that music indeed makes babies and children smarter. Is this an old wives’ tale? Or does it actually work?
From a reader • I am an elementary school music teacher and did in fact sing to each one of my five children before they were born. Once they arrived, my voice seemed to quickly soothe them if they were even remotely upset. Music also helped them to go to sleep. Personally, I feel that the flow, tone and calmness in music helped to build a smarter baby through personal growth inspired by listening, singing and engaging them while growing up. All but two are in the music business today and even the ones who chose a different path enjoy listening to various types. — D. Wilson in New York
From Jodie Lynn • Singing to your unborn child or infant certainly couldn’t hurt. Just ask all of the parents who have sat up at 2 a.m. singing a song to a crying baby.
What we do know is that music affects all of us in different ways, mostly positive. A soothing lullaby might just help to quiet a wailing infant just as much as a screaming toddler or anyone who has had a bad moment or an unnerving mishap of any sort. Happy music with various beats inspires many of us to want to dance around a little and sing along, lightening our mood.
Either way, as a parent, grandparent or other member of the family, we can enhance the love of music in babies, toddlers and everyone in our household by choosing to listen to music more frequently.
Play soft music at bedtime. Some parents swear by this nightly calming ritual, especially when the same music is played.
Babies grow to love familiar voices. Singing a special song is one more way for them to connect to you and actually inspires stronger bonding.
Monitor the body language of your baby as you play certain kinds of music. When a baby seems calmer and happier, he or she is actually choosing his or her own music for that specific time in life.
Our goal to fill our environment with beautiful music may help to inspire our babies and children to become the next Mozart or Einstein. However, keep life in perspective. Follow today’s safety and health measures and remember that happier babies are usually healthier emotionally and physically.
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How do we know that the groceries, food or items we order from various places are not contaminated with COVID-19? My sister sprays liquid Clorox on her boxes before opening. She recently ruined a couple of tops for her kids inside a box, so she stopped. Now, what should we do?
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Jodie Lynn is an award-winning parenting columnist, author of five books and mother to three children. She and her family live in Wildwood.
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