Attention new mommies, sing lullabies to your new born to feel more connected to your babies, suggests a study.
The research, published in the Journal of Music Therapy, finds that through song, the infants are provided with much-needed sensory stimulation that can focus their attention and modulate their arousal.
“One of the main goals of the research was to clarify the meaning of infant-directed singing as a human behaviour and as a means to elicit unique behavioural responses from infants,” said study author Shannon de l’Etoile from the University of Miami in the US.
The researchers also explored the role of infant-directed singing in relation to intricate bond between mother and infant. They filmed 70 infants and observed their responses to six different interactions: mother sings an assigned song, “stranger” sings an assigned song, mother sings song of choice, mother reads book, mother plays with toy and the mother and infant listen to recorded music.