Sing To Your Children!

WSJ ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SINGING TO BABIES: Singing Wields Power Over Babies’ Behavior. “Infants who listened to [unfamiliar] singing maintained their composure for nine minutes, on average. In contrast, lively and neutral spoken words provided distraction for 4.2 and 3.9 minutes, respectively. In a second experiment, the remaining infants listened to recordings of their mother singing familiar children’s play songs or speaking the words in a child-friendly style. The mothers’ singing delayed infant fussing for 6.7 minutes, on average, whereas the spoken words provided distraction for 3.5 minutes.

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