Your Baby this Week
Your baby is beginning to understand what you say. All you need to do is to talk to him. Music that soothes you or makes you happy can have the same effect on your baby. Although there is evidence that music has cognitive benefits for preschool children and older children, no one has studied this phenomenon in infants. Still, you might think that music plays an important role in your child’s life in other ways. When your baby is fussy or crying, try to sing a lullaby such as “Hush Little Baby” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” quietly in his ear. The repetitive sounds and your familiar voice may help him feel more secure and at ease. A study by Brigham Young University found that premature babies who were exposed to music gained more weight, had lower blood pressure, and had a stronger heartbeat than a group of children who were not.