Are You Raising The
Next Mozart?

Whether you immediately recognize it or not, your baby’s moods and emotions can be directly affected by the music that you play. Researchers believe that classical music not only calms babies, but it might make your baby smarter -- even if it is only for a short period of time.

pregnant woman with headphonesClassical music calms

WebMD suggests that parents turn to classical music for relaxation, pregnancy stress, colicky babies and as a way to relax baby and yourself, especially if you are dealing with the postpartum baby blues. Many parents, preschools and even elementary schools have picked up on the calming effects of classical music and now implement it into their day -- in one way or another.

My son's preschool plays classical music at rest time when the lights are off and the cots are strewn across the classroom floor. For the kids who don't nap or prefer not to rest, children are encouraged to sit in beanbag chairs or sling-style chairs to read or listen to the music quietly. I played classical lullabies for all of my babies as part of our routine to trigger sleepy time was near -- not because I though it would make them smarter. I knew that classical music made me feel relaxed and noticed it had the same affect on my babies, too.

Classical music can rest the brain

With all the activity and constant stimulation that babies and children experience, I don't blame preschools and parents for turning on soft, soothing music to help children calm and rest their minds -- especially parents of newborns. Newborn babies get quite worked up and need the help of others to calm themselves. Parents often turn to swaddling, rocking, walking, shushing and calming lullabies to help calm their child. It's all part instinct and part what we have always been advised to do.

But does it make babies smarter?

The opinion on whether classical music makes your baby smarter is divided. A baby who grows up with classical music tends to develop strong music-related brain connections. These connections can improve spatial reasoning for short periods of time. But what classical music can do is peak an interest in learning a musical instrument, which can then have an even longer effect on developing thinking skills. HealthyChildren.org, a site for parents by The American Academy of Pediatrics, says music has been used for thousands of years to help children and adults with calming of different moods.

"Modern research supports conventional wisdom that music benefits mood and confidence."

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