From the moment I had my first child, I felt the instinct, to sing to him. The same with my daughter as well. I have always sung songs to them almost every night. I think it’s very natural, and I’m certainly not alone! No matter how you sing, your baby will know your voice. It’s so natural! I also play violin for my little ones, and we sing songs, take music classes together and play with different instruments that we have at home. Our house is rarely without music.
How early is too early? I personally believe that baby can recognise your voice immediately once born, or even earlier! Check out this article on the timeline of aural development in babies (click here). I’ve been singing to my babies since day 1! I’ve also read studies that a newborn baby can distinguish different sounds right from birth. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (USA), singing to your baby helps with development in so many ways, from bonding to learning to communicate- https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-ways-babies-learn-sing-to-them
Singing lullabies, or in my case, playing lullabies as well, is so important. According to Psychology Today, “music seems to help optimize an infant’s mood” (click here to read the full article)
Here are some of my favorite songs to sing with my little ones:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
The Pumpy-Umpy-Umpkin Song (this is a favourite, they love singing along!)
Silent Night (even though this is a Christmas song, we love it all year around!)
Being a musician, I recorded a Lullaby album, firstly because I wanted to create something special with the abilities I have, for my little one, especially for him. Now our whole family listens to it!
Whatever talents you have….. sing sing sing or play music to your baby! Sending you all lots of love,