Friday, July 06, 2012

On Enthralled Babies: Thomas suddenly stopped breastfeeding to join in the singing

I was putting baby Thomas (13 months old) to sleep and was singing our usual bedtime prayer, when Thomas suddenly stopped breastfeeding to join in the singing. He was humming along with me all the way till the end of the prayer, twice! We were singing, in French, the Baha'i Prayer for Children "O God, Guide me" written by 'Abdu'l-Baha.
A mother's song is far more powerful than any professional musical recording. So the advice to mothers is, sing to your baby. It's good for the brain and does wonders for attachment. The folks at Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families devoted an issue of their journal to the subject. -gw
[I]nfant development researchers (known to each other as “baby watchers”) [know] that babies seem to be much more enthralled by their mothers’ singing than by the voice of a trained performer.

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