My Music Loving Babies
Want your babies to recognize certain songs after birth? Let them hear it during pregnancy!
Both of my children love music. I listened to a lot of music while pregnant with both kids, but I think my daughter was exposed to more during my work commutes. Plus, we played a lot of Rock Band. When I was pregnant with my daughter, she frequently kicked along to the beat. I actually began noticing a pattern because she was much more active while listening to Slip Knot and Rob Zombie. My son, on the other hand, wasn’t as active during pregnancy.
Like most moms, I sang plenty of lullabies during the newborn days. While it seems I sing less at bedtime these days, we still do a lot of singing together. The songs range from peaceful lullabies to learning songs and more. From an early age, my children seemed used to my preferred type of music. Loud drums didn’t bother them. They could sleep through heavy metal songs at home or in the car.
We know that babies learn to recognize mom and dad’s voices while in utero, so I wasn’t too surprised that they recognize music too. According to a small Finnish study, babies can learn a melody before they are born and recognize it after birth. “A baby can be relaxed and soothed by melodies it hears before birth,” said Eino Partanen, lead author and a researcher at the University of Helsinki.
I’m not sure how much this influences their love of music, but my kids definitely recognized familiar melodies after birth. When Rissa was a newborn I had to experiment more to find which songs soothed her the best, but my son calmed down quickly to the lullabies I sang most often to his sister, such as “Soft Kitty.”
My daughter’s love of music extends beyond singing to playing instruments and dancing. She also likes to play “guess that tune” with us. It’s not unusual to see her grab a toy guitar while we watch music videos on YouTube. My son loves to dance to anything with a beat (including the rhythmic sound of the printer). No wonder my kids learned to head bang early!
So, while exposing your unborn baby may not create musical geniuses, it may be a good way to get baby used to sleeping through your head banging metal music. Or, at least that’s my theory.
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