And let’s be honest – it’s also refreshing that the babies don’t care how awful you may sound when singing.
Singing to Babies is a Win-win
Babies won’t critique you, but studies show that older children will. 36% of older children say they are embarrassed by their dad’s singing in the car. Though, this should be taken with a pinch of salt because singing to and with your children is a great thing to do.
When we sing to babies and small children, we know they will like it. Studies show that when they are being sung to, they have lower heart rates, less anxiety, and feel less pain. It can also help with their language development.
As children get older, singing to them is just as important because it can continue to shape them and aid in their development.
Benefits of Singing to Babies
Singing to babies can be an essential precursor to success in their education and emotional wellbeing. Many benefits can come with it like improved learning, higher self-esteem, increased confidence, and more.
Aside from the babies benefitting, so do the performing dads. The benefits include:
- Physical Benefits: increased oxygen in the bloodstream, and it exercises the muscles in the upper body.
- Psychological Benefits: it can reduce stress with the help of the endocrine system, which is connected to our sense of emotional wellbeing.
The songs that dads choose to sing to their babies and young children don’t have to be popular, actual songs, or have a good tone. They can range from personal creations to Baa Baa Black Sheep, and even songs from their favorite bands.
Take a deep breath and begin!