#49: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Music

by | Jan 23, 2023 | Child development, Parenting, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

New parents, babies and music

  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.

Close your eyes, have no fear, the monster’s gone, he’s on the run and your daddy’s here
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
Before you go to sleep, say a little prayer, every day in every way, it’s getting better and better
He slowly quieted and began to relax into me as we rocked gently. As I softly sang those words over and again, he fell asleep. And guess what? It was only that magical song! Other lullabies just didn’t work with this baby.
What is it about rhythmic pats, rocking, swaying and music that helps babies relax?
Actually there’s lots more than you might be aware of. In this episode we explore the cognitive, emotional and physical benefits of moving and dancing with your baby.

Listen now!

In the 2023 season of Parenting in the First 3 Years, we’ll be bringing on parents just like you to share the story of their personal journey. Would you like to apply to be considered as a guest? Let’s talk about it! Simply email Ann McKitrick at ask@nurturednoggins.com.

Follow on Spotify

Follow on Apple


“I am learning so much from Parenting in the First 3 Years!” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — move toward connecting with their child to be the best parent they can be. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

One last thing.

I spend time each morning in meditation and would love to pray for you, your child or whatever’s on your heart. Simply email me and let me know how to pray. It can be as simple just your name or you can give a short explanation. Either way you can trust that I will do it. No strings attached, no follow up or anything, just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. 🧡




Bond With Your Baby and Help Them Grow

For many new parents, the first time they hold their tiny bundle of joy triggers an instant bonding. In the early years, a baby’s brain grows rapidly making millions of neural connections, so a variety of experiences and exposure aids physical, cognitive, social and language development. Read about a few ways in which bonding and baby development in the early years can go hand-in-hand.

Disclaimer: This page may have affiliate links. This means I’ll earn a small commission if you choose to purchase using my link.

Take the Quiz!

How much do YOU know about infant development?

About Ann

I’m a child development specialist, parent coach and teacher trainer. I’ve cared for countless babies in child development programs, plus 3 kids, 4 grand babies and 5 foster babies! I LOVE babies and would come hold yours if I could. ❤️

Free Video Lesson!

What Every Dad Needs to Know Course

Download our free video lesson for new fathers!

Read more

pregnancy blog
toddler blog and advice for parenting toddlers
preschool blog and advice for parenting preschoolers
blog on child development