If you had the habit of listening to music when you were pregnant, chances are your child still appreciates the same sounds. The first months of life are important to incentivize this habit which helps – a lot – in childhood development.

Several scientific studies associate the act of listening to music from an early age to better language assimilation. According to researchers, babies exposed to the musical world early on tend to speak faster, have an easier time learning other languages as adults and tend to be more creative, focused, extroverted and even more intelligent.

Classical music, in general, helps calm and relax and is the most recommended type for times when the child needs soothing and tranquility. However, your repertoire should not be limited to that solely. You can put on some energized and fun songs for your child to listen to during bath time, for example, or during play time.

Children’s music with a lot of repetition or that teach them animal names or parts of the body are highly stimulating, even more so because many also incentivize dancing. Singing to the baby is also important, since there is nothing else that can provide them with the affection, love and care the loving melody of the maternal voice can provide.

When it comes to toys, rattles are the baby’s first “instruments”. As their motor skills develop, start introducing musical toys that work with pressing a button as well as playful instruments such as drums, xylophones and pianos.