Music and your baby

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Why is music important for our babies? Your baby starts to hear about 18 weeks gestation and can respond to voice and music at around 24 weeks. So why is it important to play music for our babies after they are born? The American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that:

  • Maternal singing is soothing (despite your talent)

  • Scientific research has shown rhythm and pitch enhances learning and recall—think of the alphabet song!

  • Music is so effective in reducing anxiety

  • Music can improve your mood

  • Music (especially lullabies) can help your baby sleep

  • Music can decrease stress levels

What kind of music did you play during pregnancy? What does your baby enjoy now?