Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Music to Their Ears
Can playing music to your baby or young child make her smarter? That was the claim of the much-hyped "Mozart Effect" several years ago, but the truth isn't exactly black and white.Certainly, music is a great complement for stimulating babies' brains and teaching toddlers vocabulary, but the jury's out on whether or not it increases intelligence, particularly classical music. If you like it and want to expose your baby to it, then by all means, go for it. But babies also simply enjoy hearing whatever tunes you like to play, from Mozart to Maroon 5. Music does reduce stress in babies and provides a bonding experience between you and the baby.