Recommended: Selection of nursery rhyme or classical music CDs
Optional: 2-3 educational DVDs
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Best Baby Music
It is not a secret among parents that singing to your baby can soothe them to sleep and music can also serve the same function for babies as it does for adults – lifting spirits, soothing frayed nerves and more. While the evidence is not 100% conclusive, there is evidence to suggest listening to classical music in the womb and at an early age increases intelligence later in life (the so-called Mozart effect). There is, however very firm evidence to suggest that playing a musical instrument at a young age profoundly affects brain development and augments spatial-temporal skills, math ability, reading skills, vocabulary, verbal memory and phonemic awareness. Regardless of whether listening to music with your baby will promote intelligence, it is worthwhile solely for lifting moods and spirits together and we highly recommend it.
Best Baby Videos
Parents of young babies frequently look to educational products or approaches in order to give their child’s development a head start. While there is little hard evidence that watching educational DVDs increases a child’s vocabulary or linguistic skills (it is very clear that parents are their child’s best language teachers and that children learn to communicate in their everyday interactions with their parents and caregivers), educational DVDs such as they are unlikely to do any harm and can be a great way of keeping baby busy for 20 minutes or so. Hanen programs and the Hanen approach are founded on the belief (overwhelmingly supported by research) that parents . The more children are engaged in enjoyable interactions that go back and forth a number of times, the more language a child learns.