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#1 of 2 Old 04-01-2013, 12:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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. 

 

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When parents sing one (or possibly a few) songs repeatedly to their child, before and after birth, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a unique, meaningful and fun connection with their baby. The child already knows and loves the song as sung by his/her parents more than any other song, sung by anyone else. Parents always have their voice with them and can use it to comfort, soothe, and play with their child for years to come. Parents have the opportunity prenatally to give their baby a gift that becomes a gift for them as well.

 

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

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yep we love singing! Some times it is the only thing that soothes him. I sang when I was pregnant and after.
 

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