"I'm singing in the rain, I'm singing in the rain...." are words from an old song and some of us may have been doing that this year, joyful to be experiencing the long awaited rain in drought stricken Southern California.
I would venture to guess that most of us do some singing, whether it be publicly, as in your church choir or on your personal YouTube channel (LOL) or "secretly" such as in the shower, in your car or during your morning run.
Did you know that, along with spreading joy to the world, singing is healthy for you? Scientific studies have been done in many places over many years to try to figure out why. Conclusions? It may come from the release of endorphins that are associated with feelings of pleasure, or from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress.
Okay, so how is this good for my baby, you ask? Well, a child in utero begins to process auditory signals at 25 weeks. So your baby begins to become familiar with your voice. While you are relaxing and de-stressing while belting out those favorite tunes, your baby is feeling the effects and becoming familiar with those tunes as well. A great suggestion was not to wait to sing those bedtime lullabies until baby arrives, but instead begin to sing them when you are settling down for the night. This will familiarize baby with those songs and help them to make the connection with sleep.
Once baby arrives, the singing should continue. "Babies like to hear you sing because it mimics their own sounds," says Daniela Montalto, PhD, a developmental psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center in New York City. So don't be afraid to express yourself in song. The good news is that your baby does not care that you would never make it to "The Voice". You are already a star in your baby's eyes!
Here is a link to the article "10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing To Them" by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.
"Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream........."