Music: Not Just Background Noise

July 29, 2013


Singing to your baby is very stimulating and important to them. Even talking to them in a singsong helps get their attention. There are a ton of baby songs and lullabies for every culture to entertain or soothe children. Research now explains the logic behind singing to our children. The left side of our brains process words and the right side of our brains are affected by melody. So, when you put words together to a tune, you are actually inviting your child to use both sides of their brain and letting them associate language with the pleasurable experience of melody.

Don’t feel that you have to go out and learn a bunch of new songs. Using songs from your own childhood work just fine. Here are a few examples:

 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

 Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.


You are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

You make me happy, when skies are gray.

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you.

Please don’t take my sunshine away.

No matter how off-key you sing, your child will love it! Odds are, you will have a great time too!