Music with a Baby Pt. 1
Music plays a much larger role now in our day-to-day because Sia is so much more engaged and physically independent. At almost 6 months, she is going through some huge cognitive and physical changes- grabbing things, rolling around, tummy time, laughing and discovering her own voice, which is starting to pick up on speech patterns and rhythms. One of the biggest milestones I didn't notice in the newborn phase is that she visibly recognizes the songs I've been singing to her since birth- her eyes light up and she smiles!
Ways you can have music around your baby, post-newborn phase:
SINGING TO YOUR BABY helps her learn language, speech patterns and rhymes. Making up little songs and setting words to music helps the brain learn and retain them more quickly (that's why we remember songs and melodies, even if we haven't heard them in years!)
HAVE INSTRUMENTS AROUND THE HOUSE like the B. Parum Pum Pum percussion set which is not really used for music yet, but a fun tactile outlet for her to explore and shake around.
EVEN BETTER, LEARN ONE! Playing a musical instrument for your baby sets up a healthy relationship for having music in your family life, which has so many social as well as neurological benefits. For a great starter instrument, check out my posts on how easy the ukulele is to learn.
ENROLL IN MUSIC CLASSES like Music Together or a Singing and Sign Language class, even if it's your baby is just taking it in at this point. Music Together does a really good job of using different musical styles, time signatures and instruments which introduces your baby to various rhythms- all good for the brain!
Do you have any good musical tips for your little one in the half-year range?