How Does Music Affect Baby’s Development?

From how many months should the baby listen to music?

Babies begin to hear outside sounds and especially to react to the sound of music, starting from the age of 6-7 months in the mother’s womb. Studies show that babies recognize this music when they listen to the music they hear in the mother’s womb after they are born. Listening to music from the mother’s womb increases the growth and development speed of the baby, supports social adaptation and positively affects the development of intelligence.

What kind of music should the baby listen to? And when is it appropriate to listen to it during the day?

The most intense sound the baby hears while in the womb is the heartbeat of its mother. Research shows that the closest sounds to this sound exist in light music without words and in classical music, especially in the works of Mozart. For this reason, care should be taken that the music to be played to the babies is calm rhythm music. Light rhythm music that relaxes the mother during pregnancy can be played to the baby. The calmness and peace of the mother directly affects the baby in the womb. Listening to the same music after birth makes the baby feel peaceful and safe as in the womb.

Listening to music enhances a baby’s physical, social, mental, emotional and language development. For this reason, it is more suitable for development to listen to the baby during the day, especially when he is awake.

What are the effects of music on development?

Effect on physical development: Babies begin to move according to the rhythm of the music. Starting to sit up from 6-7 months of age, the baby starts to shake his hand and body according to the rhythm of the music, and after a while, he starts to clap. Between 10-12 months, it gets up by holding on to the furniture and swings according to the rhythm of the music while standing. These movements help strengthen the baby’s muscles and develop motor skills.

Effect on mental development: Music attracts the baby’s attention due to the different sounds and rhythms it contains. This attention activity allows for improvements in the brain. In particular, the area of ​​the brain related to mathematics becomes more active with music. Babies who grow up with music have higher intelligence, perception and learning skills than those who do not listen to music.

Effect on emotional development:It is seen that babies who listen to music containing calm rhythms from before birth are more calm and harmonious after birth, and when they experience restlessness, they relax after listening to familiar melodies.

Effect on ear and tongue development : Listening to the speech of an adult, especially the mother, accelerates the baby’s language development. In the same way, the mother’s singing to the baby during the periods when she is alone with the baby both ensures that the baby’s attention is directed to the mother and accelerates language development. The baby accompanies her with the sounds she makes while her mother sings. Thus, the foundations of mutual communication are laid.

Effect on social development: When the baby who grows up with music enters a social environment, he can communicate more easily with other people because his communication skills have increased. In the future, he can demonstrate his skills in front of the audience by dancing, singing or playing a musical instrument. Thus, she becomes a self-confident individual who can express her feelings and thoughts in correct and appropriate ways.

What are the effects of music on premature babies?

Studies show that the physical development of premature babies, especially those who listen to classical music, is higher than those who do not, their heartbeat is regulated, and they get rid of stress more quickly than other babies.

What are the benefits of listening to music as a baby in the future?

Music calms the baby, makes it peaceful and serene. It provides social harmony. It supports language and speaking skills. Increases creativity and productivity. It creates a sense of rhythm and increases movement abilities.

All these enable the baby to become emotionally and socially balanced and harmonious, developed aesthetic feelings, intellectually accumulated, creative, productive, thinking, questioning, and able to express himself/herself in the future life of the baby.

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