Singing can nurture healthy bonds between mothers and their kids

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Feb 17 2017 - 9:09am

Researchers say that mothers and infants can connected to each other via singing.

A baby listening to his mom singing

It is generally well accepted across the world that strong bonding between a mother and child can help the child develop better. Researchers say that a mother singing to her child is a good way to nurture this bond.

Singing can help mothers and infants connect with each other

The University of Miami reports that singing can help mothers and infants connect with each other. Research done at the Frost School of Music offers vital insights into the significance of singing for helping to develop bonds between mothers and their infants.

Mothers singing to their babies has been a universal behavior

Early in the course of civilization it appears that mothers directed singing at their infants. This phenomenon has transcended cultural boundaries. Mothers singing to their babies has been a universal behavior which has been seen throughout the history of mankind.

There is an innate ability to process music in a sophisticated manner in infants

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Shannon de l’Etoile, who is professor of Music Therapy and associate dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, says it is known from past research that there is an innate ability to process music in a sophisticated manner in infants. One of the primary goals of this study has been to clarify what the meaning of infant directed singing as part of human behavior has been.

Infants may be attracted to the individualized tempo and pitch of music from their own mother

It has been commented by de l’Etoile that mothers worldwide sing to their babies in ways that are incredibly similar. The singing of the mother's does not have to be professional for the infant to enjoy it. As a matter of fact it seems infants may be attracted to the individualized tempo and pitch of music from their own mother. This appears to encourage infants to direct their gaze in the direction of their mother. This gaze is a way for an infant to communicate with their mom.

Music therapy has been studied as a way to lower the risk of unhealthy child development

The Journal of Music Therapy reports that music therapy has been studied as a way to lower the risk of unhealthy child development. Researchers say that music therapy intervention can be given consideration as a potential treatment alternative for families at risk and for families who have children who seem to be emotionally neglected.

Human mothers singing to their babies seems to have been as universal a trait across the world as birds singing to their babies throughout the history of the Earth. Observations of nurturing bonds developing between mothers and their children from singing implies mothers singing to their children has great benefit for both healthy children and children at risk due to possible emotional neglect.

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