Top 5 Benefits of Music on Your Baby’s Brain Development

Listening to music is a fairly common habit today. Many people listen to music while reading, to focus on work, or simply to relax and entertain. And many parents put their children in contact with music from a young age to stimulate their intelligence. So have you ever wondered how music affects your baby's brain development? Does music really stimulate your child's intelligence and creativity? Are there a lot of questions about this issue, right? Today, TrueRemedies will introduce to you the scientific aspects of the benefits of music on your child's brain development.

I. Evidence Of Babies' Brain Development

A recent study has shown that listening to music with the waltz will help babies improve their musical ability[1]. The study has also found that the regular and active habit of listening to music is very good in affecting the infant's brain development. However, the ways on how to listen to music and how to expose to music to have a positive effect are still unknown.

A previous study, known as the “Mozart effect”, has shown that letting children be exposed to Mozart music will have a positive effect on their brain development[2] [3]. In this study, an experiment was performed on 39-month-old babies. These children are divided into two groups with two different healthcare ways. One group was exposed to music and the other only played games. The researchers found that the infants' brains in the group exposed to music responded well to the rhythm and the lyrics.

In general, these findings have expanded our understanding of how children learn to speak and how the brain can process music and speech sounds[4] [5]. This research was published and then an assistant professor of music education and music therapy at The University of Kansas School of Music, Lawrence, USA, also supported the research. Since then, music classes have been shown to benefit parents and babies in daily life.

II. How Music Affects Your Baby’s Brain

1. Help Babies Be Smarter

Music can increase a child's intelligence by 46% as compared to children who grow up without music[6]. The combination of music and language will help kids feel more comfortable in communicating and promote their creativity[7].

2. Enhance A Child's Ability To Communicate

According to Dr. Brent Logan, author of the book “Prenatal Learning: Let Your Children Enjoy Worthy Gifts,” music can help develop babies' brain in receiving information. This ability will affect your baby's communication skills in the future[8] [9].

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3. Inspire Creativity 

Exposing children to music from an early age is an effective way to inspire children's creativity. Whether teaching him to sing or dancing with him, parents should also stimulate his ability to create from the inside[10].

4. Improve Your Child's Motor Skill

When listening to music, your children's bodies often feel the rhythm of the song. Even a small movement is enough to help your baby develop physically and improve his motor skills. Children who are exposed to music from an early age are more likely to be physically active than children who don't listen to music.

5. Mount Friends

Loving and listening to a certain type of music can create a great connection with people who have the same musical interests. The same love for music will help your children make more new friendships, bringing long-term benefits. However, parents should pay attention to control the actions and the music types that children listen to prevent negative effects and promptly take appropriate solutions.

III. How Should You Let Your Baby Listen To Music?

Music has a really magical effect on babies. However, moms need to know how to let your baby listen to music properly to maximize the effects of music on the development of the brain, as well as his emotions.

Let your babies listen to music during pregnancy: Research shows that newborn babies have the ability to remember and love the music they have heard since they were in the womb. Therefore, moms should let them listen to music right from getting pregnant and continue to maintain this habit after giving birth.

Listen to playful tunes: According to experts, a 5-month-old baby has the ability to distinguish an optimistic or gloomy song. Vibrant, playful tunes can stir up your baby while soothing tunes will soothe and help your baby feel more comfortable. Conversely, sad, gloomy tunes are likely to negatively affect your baby's emotions.

Listen to specific songs repeatedly: Mothers should let their baby listen to the music they usually hear during pregnancy. Your baby will feel the familiarity of the tunes. At the same time, let your child listen to the same song at a certain time of the day, which will help your child combine songs with habits, creating a fun route for your baby.

Do not let your baby listen to music too much: Moms should let children listen to music for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time and no more than 3 times a day. This is because when listening to music too much, children do not focus on their mother's words and do not have much time to communicate with people. As a result, children may get lazy to speak and slow to speak.

IV. Some Notes When Letting Your Babies Listen To Music

  • Keep the volume down because too loud may affect the baby's hearing ability.
  • Do not wear baby headphones because the direct loud easily affects the quality of your baby's sleep, causing sleeplessness.
  • If using music to calm your baby to sleep, moms should keep the sound down gradually while sleeping so that the baby sleeps well and deeply.

Parents do not forget to let your baby listen to music every day, especially before going to bed because it works wonders for your baby's brain development. In addition, music helps them to sleep better. Besides, please note that you should choose the music with joyful and optimistic tunes so that your baby's feelings develop in a positive way. For other useful articles about babies and parents, please visit our Parenting cate. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave your comments in the comment box; we will respond as soon as possible.

Read more: 9 Science-Backed Secrets On How To Be A Happier Mom At Home. This article was medically reviewed/fact-checked by Dr. Robi Ludwig.

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