My dad sang to me when my mother was pregnant and one of my happiest memories is him playing the guitar and singing when it was his turn to supervise kids in the tub. Turns out there's a basis for that happiness. A post in Science and Sensibility gathers up all sorts of encouraging research about singing to babies, both in utero and after they're born. Singing to our babies helps build familiarity with certain songs and helps to calm them. The article has how-to's, such as choosing a song to sing every day, singing this same song soon after birth, and using the song to soothe the baby whenever necessary.
Do you remember a song from your earliest days? Do you sing to your little ones?
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives on a small farm with her family where they raise bees, cows, chickens, and the occasional ruckus. Laura writes about learning, sustainability, and peace for print and online publications. Connect with her at www.lauragraceweldon.com