How Music Helps Baby Brain Development

Newborn Care

Do you know that research studies have shown that there is better intelligence for babies who are exposed to music? Classical music is specifically thought to be a great source of stimulation for babies. Some studies proved that infants exposed to classical music develop into smarter children than those who do not hear the classics early on in life.

In this article, we are going to discuss the significance of incorporating music to assist your baby’s intelligence and growth. We are also providing you some ways and techniques to fully utilize music in helping your baby become smarter.

The Significance of Incorporating Music For Your Baby’s Intelligence and Growth

While your baby is inside the mother’s womb, he is mainly exposed to low frequencies such as the vibrational emanations of his mother such as her bodily rhythms, acute emotions, fluctuating moods, cravings, and many more. Interestingly, mothers intuitively communicate with their babies through music like through lullabies. 

Music has been effectively used in neonatal intensive care units, especially with high-risk infants. Some studies have shown that playing music to low-birth weight newborns may reduce weight loss and stress-related behaviors, can positively affect oxygen saturation levels, heart rate, and respiratory rate, and may reduce the length of hospital stays.

Music therapy can also benefit infants of depressed mothers by altering the mother’s mood and reducing high arousal levels in their infants. Singing to infants can also play a role in restoring attachment between infants and family members when bonding has been disrupted by lack of early physical contact with newborns restricted to isolettes. 

Based on the book “The Psychology of Music in Multimedia”, perceptually salient audio features such as sound effects and vocalizations initially draw attention and influence learning because they elicit primitive orienting responses that later shift to purposeful attention and learning. Some researchers found out that babies in the music group had stronger brain responses to the disruptions in both music and speech rhythm compared to babies in the other group.

Ways and Techniques For Safe and Convenient Listening For Babies

In this section, we provide you some useful ways and techniques to help your baby listen safely and conveniently as he becomes smarter through music:

In Utero:

  1. While pregnant, you can play soothing music on your headphones and place them on your belly. Don’t play music too loud just to ensure that your unborn baby can hear. Make sure that the music is played at low volume as your placenta can carry the rhythm and beats to your baby.
  2. When you are listening to music on your player, make sure that the volume is not higher than 65 decibels. If you are planning to listen to music for longer hours, keep the volume at or below 50 decibels.
  3. Don’t overdo playing music to your unborn baby. Spaced out your music playing in smaller bits and parts. This assures that your unborn baby relaxes for some time instead of constantly reacting to the rhythms and beats. If you keep on playing music to your unborn baby for longer periods of time, this may disrupt his natural sleep pattern.
  4. You can just play background music in a loudspeaker at normal volume levels.
  5. It’s alright to listen in various genres of music while pregnant. But be careful as your baby breaths in your womb will also change according to the sounds and the beats he hears. If you are listening to rock, heavy metal, and loud music, it can have a detrimental effect of stress to your unborn baby.

After Birth:

  1. Play happy and energetic music while taking care and playing with your baby. Studies have shown that babies who move rhythmically to music, smile more, are easier to soothe and are more willing to explore their environment than babies who simply listen.
  2. Try singing or humming a song like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”  to your baby, or patting his back or rocking to music. This can help strengthen the musical pathways in his brain.
  3. Use some small musical instrument toys for babies such as xylophones, and maracas to encourage your baby to be engaged in music. This will boost his levels of creativity and intelligence.


Therefore, playing music for babies while they are still in utero and after birth is an integral part of enhancing their intelligence and growth particularly in improving their ability to detect and make predictions. This is a cognitive skill significant to speech processing as well.

Music can be an important and fun experience that may positively influence their brain development, helping these little ones absorb information and learn at an amazing speed as they grow. 

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