Day 5 of the 12 Days of Valentine’s – Love Yourself! is all about music. I remember feeling isolated with my first born. I think I was used to being at home for 2 days at a time without going anywhere. Before that, I worked for myself and was always on the go. If I wasn’t at the office, I was doing yoga, or running down by the beach. Suddenly with the birth of Monkey #1, I was spending days alone at home. Sure my husband was coming home from work every evening, but never had I spent entire days by myself. The silence was deafening. It takes a bit of getting used to, talking to this small human that doesn’t respond, that doesn’t even smile for the first 6 weeks at least. My boy was 4 weeks early, so he pretty much slept the first 4 weeks of his life – as if he was still in the womb. I stared into his eyes when he was awake, talked baby talk and waited for any kind of response. I didn’t have nearly the social life that some of my friends did before children (thanks to being self-employed) but still I used to come and go as I wanted and this new way of being, without any feedback sometimes made the days long.
That is how I discovered music and specifically dancing to music as a way to pass the time, connect with my baby and produce feel good hormones. To this date, Monkey #1 is still very musical and we still dance together. Researchers have said that playing music for young babies stimulates the brain. So you see, music is a double whammy, heightening your feel good hormones and nurtures your baby. Music is a building block to baby’s speech development.
And don’t be afraid to play whatever you normally play – music is music, a melody is a melody. Some people swear that you have to play the classics like Mozart. I say, as long as you and baby are moving and the music is not too loud for baby’s ears, then you are onto something good. Of course their is a theory that beyond stimulating the brain, the tempo of Mozart creates emotion as well.
Does music play a part in your family’s life?