The Benefits of Singing to your Baby

There have been many pieces of research around how we, as parents and carers, can encourage a baby’s development, including research around the benefits of singing to a baby, something which comes naturally, indeed instinctively to a parent.

Here we set out ten benefits of singing to your baby:

  1. Baby learns your voice and develops a bond to you
  2. Singing is one of a baby’s favourite methods of play interaction
  3. Baby learns about words and communication as you sing
  4. When you sing about things around your baby, they learn to make associations
  5. Baby can learn their name by hearing it in songs
  6. Songs for different routines in your baby’s life, help them predict what comes next, making them feel safe and secure
  7. Music includes rhythm and rhyme, which are both part of developing a baby’s language
  8. Singing helps to develop a baby’s listening skills
  9. Music expresses emotion, which a baby learns from hearing your voice in the lyrics
  10. Your singing voice expresses love.

Examples of classic songs to sing to your baby include:

  1. If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap your Hands
  2. She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain
  3. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  4. Incy-Wincy Spider 
  5. This Little Piggy
  6. Hush Little Baby, Don’t You Cry 

No matter what you sing to your baby, it will build the bond between you, and will lift baby’s mood – and yours.