Sing to Your Baby! It Can Help Her Language Development Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
We’re guessing you already sing to your baby -- probably to help calm her down when she’s crying, and maybe just because it’s fun (check out those grins). But a new book, The Genius of Natural Childhood, suggests it’s also crucial to her language development. Its author, Sally Goddard Blythe -- director of the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology -- says singing lullabies and nursery rhymes to babies is "an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional well-being," and that singing to your baby every day could decrease her likelihood of developing language problems later on, according to The Guardian newspaper.
She goes on to say that recorded music doesn’t do nearly as good a job as you can, mama. “Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent,” she was quoted as saying. “Singing along with a parent is [good] for the development of reciprocal communication."
Do you think singing could help your baby’s language skills?
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