Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast
#49: What New Parents Need to Know About Babies and Music
There’s just something about music and babies. New parents seem to know intuitively that it will soothe their baby and will naturally rock and sway as they hold them.
Here’s a distinct memory from years ago that illustrates the power of music. I was holding our crying, hurting, very sleepy 2-month-old foster baby and nothing seemed to help. He was fed, burped, dry and I had tried all my best tricks but he simply couldn’t calm down. I knew he was hurting from the injuries of his physical abuse and wanted to help, but how? I starting singing Beautiful Boy by John Lennon to him because the words just seemed appropriate.
What is it about rhythmic pats, rocking, swaying and music that helps babies relax?
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