A new study concluded that a premature baby, when exposed to music in the NICU, went home on average of two days earlier!
The researchers concluded that live music, played or sung, helped to slow infants’ heartbeats, calm their breathing, improve sucking behaviors important for feeding, aid sleep and promote states of quiet alertness. Doctors and researchers say that by reducing stress and stabilizing vital signs, music can allow infants to devote more energy to normal development.
The article goes on to say that when the music was chosen by and sung by the parents it had an even greater effect. Way cool.
Did you enjoy singing to your infant? What were his or her favorite tunes?