Music is a form of art that knows no bounds. It speaks to each individual regardless of the race, gender, religion, or age. Every culture has children’s songs or lullabies that are sung by mothers to their child. These songs hold a special place in each culture and are passed down from generation to generation. The songs you sing relax a baby, entertain them, calm their fears and anxieties, and help you bond with them. Babies have the ability to understand the beauty of music even when they are in the womb. They respond to songs sung by their mothers better than songs sung by strangers. The pitch or tempo need not be perfect as long as the mother is singing it. There is a lot more to singing to your baby that meets the eye. Here are some of the benefits of mothers singing to their baby.
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1. It Helps You Fight Depression
The drop in your hormone levels after pregnancy can cause depression. Singing to your little one distracts you from all the negative emotions and boosts your mood. Your voice may lack sensitivity and expression when you are depressed. So take it slow and don’t force yourself to be happy if you don’t feel like it. Your mood will gradually improve and you will be able to sing to your little one with all your heart.
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2. It Engages Your Baby
When you sing, your voice stimulates your baby’s senses and helps them focus them focus their attention on it. It modulates their arousal and keeps them engaged. Since your instincts are also aroused when you sing, you automatically adjust your pitch or tempo to keep your little one engaged.
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3. It Helps You Communicate With Your Baby
Babies are drawn to the sound of their mother’s voices. When you sing to them, the personalized pitch or tempo directs their gaze toward you. Look into their eyes as you sing to them, and you will be able to feel a connection. You will notice how your little one tries to communicate with you through its gaze.
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4. It Develops Their Language Skills
Babies prefer hearing their mother’s voice. They will be more engaged when you sing to them rather than when you play a recorded song. Sing songs that are soothing, happy, and have repetitive lyrics. Use actions whenever possible and be expressive. It will help develop your baby’s language skills faster.
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5. It Makes Them Cooperate
Babies cry and nag when they are forced to do something they don’t want to. One effective way to reduce their nagging is by singing to them. If they don’t want to eat, sing “Let’s eat our food,” and if they don’t want to take a bath, sing “Let’s take a bath.” You will find that your little one is much more compliant when you sing the tasks to them. It calms them, and makes the task at hand sound fun to them.
Spend as much time as possible with your little one. You will not be able to do so when they grow older and start asking for privacy and space. Make up your own songs so that you can connect with each other. The two of you will be able to form memories that can be cherished throughout your lifetime as the mind remembers songs more than spoken words.