Last August, when I found out I was pregnant, I bought all the books, read every Internet article and otherwise engulfed myself in all things pregnancy. I looked for ways to connect with my baby in the womb and as a newborn. Music has been the answer! In fact, music has been the single most effective method of calming Blakely down since she arrived. It’s a miracle worker.
Not only can music soothe a fussy baby, but researchers have also found that it actually increases new pathways in the brain. These pathways are connected to the pathways for spatial reasoning, too. Enough evidence for me. I did know that the classics of Mozart and Bach are preferred, but I added in some other genres to keep it lively. I love the soothing voice of Norah Jones and the “bee-bop” beats of oldies hits.
Since my daughter has arrived, I instantly notice a calmness when we turn on the baby playlist. I often wonder if it’s because she recognizes these sweet tunes from hearing them in the womb. They added a calmness to my own birth experience as I played them in the hospital. And we’re both quite fond of our playlist. I call it “the magic music.”
My Baby Playlist
“Baby Love” — The Supremes
“Build Me Up Buttercup” — The Foundations
“Come Away With Me” — Norah Jones
“Brown Eyed Girl” — Van Morrison
“Little Bitty Pretty One” — Thurston Harris
“Don’t Know Why” — Norah Jones
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” — The Tokens
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“Dream Lover” — Bobby Darin
Tips for Introducing Your Baby to Music
- Create a Playlist: Whether you use Pandora, Spotify or iTunes, create a playlist with a variety of songs for your baby. Start listening to it when you’re pregnant. Simply place the speakers near you while you’re relaxing in bed in the evenings or while working during the day. TIP: There’s a “Baby Lullaby” station on Pandora that is also fabulous!
- Singing to Baby: I have quite possibly the worst singing voice in the world, but I still sing to Blakely and love the way she intently listens and follows my voice with her eyes. Don’t worry if you aren’t up-to-date on all your lullabies, I sing Christmas songs. It’s OK.
- Encourage Music Making: Though my daughter is a little young to make music of her own, I do plan to continue her love for music by encouraging her to play an instrument. You can even encourage young children to make their own instruments (A wooden spoon and ribbed aluminum can go a long way!). Find more baby instrument ideas here.
No matter what music you play, incorporating some sweet tunes into your pregnancy and life with baby will certainly help you bond with your little one. Be careful not to play it too loud of course!
Do you have any favorite songs that you played with your baby? I’d love to know!