Babies discover singing: How singing to your baby helps them learn

Singing regularly to babies, whether you can carry a tune or not, can be a very important part of their development.

In our quick video below, child language researcher Dr Michelle Peter explores with parents what happens when they sing fun songs and nursery rhymes to their babies.

Why not try it at home with your baby? How will they react?

Why is singing to babies important?

Singing to your baby is one of the first language lessons you can give them. Even before they're born, babies recognise simple music and their mother's voice whilst in the womb.

Music and child brain development are closely linked, so the more your child is involved in singing the better it is for their development.

It's also great for language development from a very young age. When you sing, even little babies pick up on intonation or the patterns of talking, which is why you might find them babbling with different tones – they might sound like they’re talking before they actually are.

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Nursery rhymes are one of the simplest ways to introduce music to your child at an early age. Want to find out more? Have a look at these 7 benefits of nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers.

Or if you're struggling to pick a rhyme to sing, try out nursery rhyme selector, which will choose for you!

Baby being sung to.

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