The Effects of Music on Children

d4a4a4_d310528753df48be893113858af09be9_mv2.jpgYou may have heard a pregnant soon-to-be mother discussing with other mothers about the benefits of letting you new baby listen to classical music while they're still in their crib, without any clue or concept in the world regarding what is the meaning of that sound?

First, we'd like to discuss our favorite aspect of music and infants. Nevermind that it may lead your newborn down the road of being an eventual Harvard graduate, we love the fact that music can be calming to an otherwise frightened and shocked infant. Low level classical music is said to "have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones." This can be incredibly beneficial for overworked parents of a newborn, letting the music take some of the workload, taking the pressure off of the parents.

Additionally, music is said to assist in the development of cognitive skills, individual development, physical development and create a sense of stability and security for the child - as music typically follows a predictable format.

Courtesy of The Asian Parent, they suggest that "singing along to favorite songs and listening to classical music stimulate different patterns of brain development. Children’s memory power, concentration, spatial intelligence, and thinking skills improve through exposure and active participation in musical experiences. For example, when kids are asked to jump backwards, they learn where their bodies are in relation to space, which is an important developmental skill."

Whether you believe this is myth or fact, it can't hurt to try turn on a light tune when it's 3AM and you've run out of toys, formula and strategies on how to soothe a teething toddler!