Lullabies, Music and Babies : Latest Tips for New Parents

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Lullabies, Music and Babies

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There's no debate that music can be an important part of a baby's development. Music has played a significant role in societies dating back as far as we know and there are countless chronicles that show that music has been enjoyed by infants, babies, toddlers and kids.

 

Music as a language

What makes music so unique, is that it supplies the baby with entertainment, even before learning a verbal language. Music can be enjoyed (and sometimes processed) years before the baby learns to articulate words.  What many people don't realize, is that music – in itself – is a language.  It can be simple, and it can be complex. Exposing a baby to this "language" is a wonderful way to start building her intelligence – just by listening.

Music and lullabies for babies

There are many different choices for parents, and most of the marketplace is loaded with lullabies. Some have singing and vocalizations, and some are purely instrumental and even orchestral. Lullabies are often chosen because they appear simple and often they are composed especially for babies.  Lullabies are also mostly in a major key, with simple triadic chords (3 note chords.) This sound is generally associated with joy and brightness, although in truth, the baby doesn't really know the difference because she has no cultural background association with the different types of keys. Over time, in Western societies we begin to associate a major key with a bright, positive emotion, and a minor key with a darker feeling; sad, tense or even scary. Almost all lullabies are in a major key and are generally believed to be simple and childlike in nature.

Do lullabies help babies sleep?

Music in general can help to distract a baby from an otherwise uncomfortable moment. If the distraction is held long enough, babies can fall asleep to it. However, lullabies generally put the brain in an active state. New theories suggest that the most sedating sounds to a baby are the sounds she remembers in the womb. The new outside world is an exciting place, but when it's time for sleep, she needs to know she is safe and protected so that she can relax and fall peacefully asleep. Being reminded of the womb can be an instant calmer. To date, the most accurate emulation of the sonic environment of the womb, is the Miracle BabySleep System CDs. Click here for more info >>

Do lullabies help make babies smarter?

All music – no matter where in the world it springs from – is organized sound.  For that reason, there is some degree of math and structure that the baby is exposed to, and that's a good thing. Any music is better than no music. If you look deeper, you'll find that some music has better mathematical symmetry than others. Mozart's music has routinely been chosen to study neurological effects because his music was so symmetrical. However, new theories suggest that even Mozart's music – while symmetrical – is actually more complex than an infant can possibly process.   New clinical observations are beginning to shed light on a new musical technology that dramatically simplifies music down to a core presentation, with the theory that even a newborn infant can identify and process it. In theory, this would help to connect important neural pathways earlier than normal, and at the very least, help to inspire more connections overall. The technique is called Pitch/Rhythm mapping, and thus far has shown to actually rejuvenate otherwise dying brain cells in infants born in critical condition.  New studies are forthcoming, but the initial indications are promising. This musical technology is the core of the Miracle MusicMath System CDs, and you can find more information here >> about lullabies, music and babies.

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