Is singing to your baby part of your routine? Babies love it and it’s a great way to connect together, so don’t feel shy. Plus there are lots of developmental benefits for singing to your little one.
Experts have a name for the way people talk to babies – ‘parentese’, which is a kind of early simple singing. Parentese uses exaggerated mouth movements, higher pitched and extra clear sounds. It’s not only an English thing, people talk like this to babies all over the world.
Why do people sing to babies?
Parentese helps parents and caregivers connect to their babies and helps babies to learn to talk. Research shows that little ones prefer parentese to adult conversations. Babies love watching our faces as we talk to them, and enjoy the high pitched sounds.
What if I can’t sing?
Even if you feel like you “can’t sing” or you feel are “tone deaf” your baby does not care. They will love your voice and feel connected to you. Your baby will recognise the sound of their parents from before birth and songs you may have sung whilst pregnant may resonate with them. You can even sing the shopping list, or jobs to do today, your baby is mostly listening to the tone of your voice and the melody, not the lyrics.
How does Baby Yoga help?
Babies are conscious little beings, and long before they can respond with words or even sign language they are taking it all in! Singing engages more language centres in a baby’s brain than words alone, and movement with sound helps baby’s cognitive development.
During our baby yoga classes the gentle movements for baby are accompanied by sing song sounds and lots of eye contact with baby. Whilst using these elongated vowels, high pitch, exaggerated facial expressions and short, simple sentences you’re helping your baby map the sounds they are hearing in their brain. Learning and development thrive on repetition, helping them know what’s coming next.
Join us for our next Baby Yoga course by booking online or email with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Suitable for babies from around 10 weeks old.