Discover the soothing, calming and bonding benefits of singing to your baby, in a relaxed and friendly environment. This is an amazing course has been specifically devised for parents of babies aged 6 weeks to 9 months.
Sing to Your Baby is a 6-week course for new babies and parents with scientifically-proven benefits to a baby's emotional and social development, motor skills, neurology and parental bonding. Read below for the facts.
We all know the power of a lullaby. For thousands of years, humans have known about the magic of singing at bedtime. In some societies, lullabies are also important tools for passing down traditional stories, important warnings and cultural mores. Think of your favourite lullabies and you're sure to find wisdom. But it's also soothing.
FAM co-founder and singer Dónal Kearney remembers the impact of singing at home:
My mum used to sing to us before bed. I have three brothers and she had a lullaby for each of us. Made us feel a little special. Mine was "My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean". She'd sing it to me before bed. When I think of that song today, it's so sad. There is a depth of longing and hurt in that short song. It is truly a parent's song. Ultimately, it is about LOVE, about the profundity of a parent's attachment to a child. I still love that song today.
A 2012 study carried out in McMaster University, based in Ontario, showed that babies who participated in music classes with their parents in the first year of life “smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music.” The author of the study is Laurel Trainor, director of the Canadian McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.
EMOTIONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Musical interactions can help babies tune in with their emotions like happiness, sadness and anger. With bouncing games and instrument play, infants can become familiar with these feelings early on and instigate their own emotional awareness.
Another McMaster study showed that moving in sync to music with others helps toddlers form social bonds. The study observed that 14-month-olds were more likely to help an adult (who dropped something) if they had previously bounced in time with the music, compared with an adult whose movement was off-tempo.
Bouncing and beating interesting and colourful instruments can also help encourage small movements and motor skills. With instruments like the tambourine or drum, infants can practise refining their movements to make a fun sound.
Researchers at the University of Washington discovered that musical play sessions help activate parts of the brain that are responsible for both music and speech processing, as well as other important cognitive skills. While infants seem to be naturally drawn to beats and rhythms, babies who go to music classes show more responsiveness than those who don’t. The study adds that musically-trained parents also assist with this process.
Becoming a new parents has myriad challenges, but devoting regular time specifically to activities designed to strengthen bonds and emotional connections is so important at the earliest stages of childhood.
Relaxing and enjoying music is one of the most effective ways to relate to your baby in a warm and creative environment. The classes also help parents to soothe their children through music, particularly by singing favourite songs. It might be hard to believe, but something as simple as singing to your child can work scientific wonders.
While researchers from the University of Miami discovered that babies engage more with song than listening passively to recorded music, they also found that parents who sing to their child develop the skills to keep their baby’s attention by making changes to their singing.