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Can listening to music benefit my child?

Just like music has an emotional effect on you, it has a definite effect on your child. You know that upbeat music puts you in a good mood, and your child is no different. In fact, ask anyone who has soothed a child to sleep with a lullaby, and they’ll confirm that the right music, at the right time, has a huge impact on children’s behaviour.

A study on premature infants has even proven that children who listened to music in their incubators gained more weight over a period of days than their peers who did not!
 
A good idea is to make compilation CD’s with music your child likes – it could be nursery rhymes and child friendly lullabies, or old jazz standards – whatever your child likes. Play it whenever you feel like it, in the car, or anywhere else.
Whether you choose to sing, listen to recorded music, or dance with your child, there’s a definite physical and mental benefit to your child, so make sure that music is a part of your life!

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