It is believed that music for the newborn should stimulate its development from the first days of life. It shapes children’s future musical preferences and also effectively relieves nerves and puts them to sleep. However, the sounds should not be too loud. The child’s hearing is already fully formed when it is still in the mother’s womb. The fetus can recognize melodies even though the sound is silenced and drowned out by the skin and fetal layer. It can be observed that some melodies make the baby more active in mother’s womb and others melodies calms him down.
Music for babies – what tunes are appropriate for the child during the prenatal period?
Children in the womb can recognize which songs appeal to their mother, which has a decisive impact on their later musical preferences. When mommy listens to favorite songs or compositions, her body produces endorphins, i.e. happiness hormones. If, however, she will listen to classical music for example, to make the child get used to it, but she will not feel pleasure at all, the result will be the opposite – the child will also not like these melodies. The child in the womb reacts to her mood – pleasure and dissatisfaction.
Music for the newborn – which sounds calm the child?
Currently, there are many ready-made compilations of songs dedicated for the youngest. Some children will respond well to songs with elements of ethnic music from different parts of the world. For the regeneration and calming of the infant, the effects of nature sounds will be desired. The sound of the sea, the sounds of a waterfall or the singing of birds are good for this purpose.
In this article we would like to introduce a new YouTube channel called“Baby Zic” with baby music composed for infants up to 1 year old to inspire them, soothe them, for brain development, relaxing and bed time.
Here’s a teaser from the Channel called “Peaceful Evening” that will surely help get your little one to go down for a nap and perhaps relax you as well.
Always remember that the music near your child should not be turned on too loud, because it will not fulfill its calming function, but will only unnecessarily stimulate and upset. Also, do not overdo it with the amount of sounds and melodies that fill the whole day of a child’s life – moderation and common sense are desirable. Always remember that the human nervous system has the greatest ability to regenerate when it is not stimulated by external stimuli, i.e. in silence, in the dark and during sleep. Music can be used to calm the child, but if the effect is already achieved, he should be given adequate time to rest in silence.
It has been known for years that monotonous noise aka. “white noise” (for example the sound of the vacuum cleaner or hair dryer) has a calming effect on some babies. Currently, parents don’t need to use home appliances for this because they have access to many ready-made available records. It is as effective as classical music, if its number of decibels does not exceed the volume of the average rainfall. The baby should not be listening too long, but the toys on the market now have a built-in timer that disables the sound, eg after 20 minutes and turns it on again if the child starts to cry.
What will work better – noise or classical music? It depends on the individual preferences of the baby.