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Best Prenatal Music is Mom’s Voice

The Most Natural Source Of All Prenatal Music

A lot is written about prenatal music and infant music and you can find just about anything you can imagine about what is best for your baby’s development.

The hype-mongers and marketing-hawkers know how to sell you just about anything and it gets really crazy out there in the market place.  Not only crazy but hard to Mom's Voice is the Best Prenatal Musicmake a decision about what you should do that is best for your baby, for bonding with your baby, for helping your baby with language development or just development in general.

However, I want to talk to you about the most simple free tool you have that is already inside of you.  Your voice!

Yes, I am talking about your speaking voice, your singing voice, the voice you use to communicate to the rest of the world.

Prenatal music research shows that your voice is a natural tool that doesn’t cost you anything to use.  You can’t buy it and you can’t replace it if you damage it.

But if you learn to use it to its fullest power, combining easy time-tested vocal activities and common sense, you will be giving your baby the best prenatal (and infant) music you can possibly give!  Actually, you will be giving your baby the best bonding experience too!  Not to mention the best language development tool!  Wow, all of this is a simple ol’ voice?  Yes.

I can already hear you saying, “But I don’t like my voice. What happens to my baby then?”

I will get to that in a moment, but first, remember that….. [click to continue…]

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I’m always amazed by what the medical community has to say about the importance of a mom’s voice.

In fact, I came across another quote just today that’s from a book written in 1997 (so long ago :)) that kind of blows off my socks because so much has been said for so many years and yet there seems to be so little understanding about what moms can do to bond better with their babies by improving the sound of their voices.

Don Campbell,  in his book, The Mozart Effect,  discusses his personal experiences of healing through the use of using music and his voice, includes a quote by Alfred Tomatis, M.D., the famous French otolaryngologist who actually coined the term “Mozart Effect” before Don Campbell popularized it.

However, Dr. Tomatis did not refer to the Mozart Effect in terms of increased intelligence but utilized Mozart’s music, along with Gregorian chant and recordings of the voices of the mothers of patients to help speed up the healing of diverse learning disorders that he believed stemmed from problems with processing sound or the meanings behind vocalizations.  His famous clinic in Paris continues to treat people from around the world, using the Tomatis Method.  He received many medals and honors for his work over the course of his lifetime.

Here is what Dr. Tomatis said many years ago:

“The vocal nourishment that the mother provides to her child is just as important to the child’s development as her milk.”

As you know, I have coined the term “The Puccini Effect” to refer to the power of the a mom’s voice to influence the vocal language development of her baby when she uses prenatal and infant music that soothes and improves the sound of her voice.

I believe that research and experience teaches us that the most powerful baby bonding experience comes from verbal interactions between a mom and her baby and I believe that when this starts with playing womb or prenatal music that is specially designed to increase the effectiveness of those verbal interactions during pregnancy and continuing after birth, the mom’s voice can play an even more powerful role in shaping and enhancing the verbal development of a baby.

Study after study about prenatal and infant music singing continues to show us that the mom’s voice is the most powerful one in the world because the sound of her voice sets foremost example for the baby to imitate.

Indeed makes mom’s voice a source of nourishment as her milk!

Imagine what this world would be like if mothers across the globe learned to improve the sounds of their voices to calm and nurture future generations.

If you are pregnant or if you have already had your baby, there is no time like the present to get started providing the vocal nourishment that your baby needs and deserves with my FREE ebook, Baby Voice Advantage Secrets.

Together, let’s make a this world a better place.

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On May 21, 2011, Bernadette Peters, of Broadway fame, told NPR’s Scott Simon on The Morning Edition,

“You know, when I was a little girl, they said I had a funny voice because I actually had a deep voice and that’s because my mother didn’t speak correctly. She had nodes that she had to have removed. So, you grow up listening to your mother. And as years went on and I got out of that bad habit, my real voice revealed itself.”

If ever there was a reason to understand the tremendous importance of your voice as a mom and how it affects the development of your child’s voice, the above statement by Bernadette Peters surely pinpoints it.

Thankfully, science has shown us that prenatal music and infant music can help.

In fact, everything I do here at SingBabySing® has to do with the very issue that Ms. Peters mentioned about her mother’s voice and how we all grow up listening to the voices of our mothers.  Ms. Peters says that she had a “funny” voice because of her mother’s incorrect speaking habits.  She also says that she was able to find her “real voice” when she got rid of the bad habits she had picked up from listening to her mother as a child.

I’d love to interview her and see what she thinks about giving mothers the opportunity to improve their voices while they are still pregnant and after the baby is born.

I wonder what she would think about prenatal and infant music that is designed specifically for creating a calm bonding experience with a baby while it helps the mom improve her own voice to build a positive foundation for her baby’s future verbal language skills.

In the case of Ms. Peters, those verbal skills include singing too.

That’s not surprising since the singing voice is the same as the speaking voice, but more intensified and refined.

It gives me heart to know that a big Broadway star understands this important concept about a mother’s voice and how it impacts her children.

And it gives me heart to know that I have created a product with Michael Silversher, Grammy Award winning children’s music composer, that will help mothers to experience a calming bonding experience with their babies while they build strong verbal language skills.

It’s so much easier than you can imagine to get started.

My free ebook, Baby Voice Advantage Secrets, tells you how, so why wait?

And it is super easy to get started by playing my specially designed prenatal and infant music that has the potential to help you change the way both you and your baby sound!

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Use Your Voice Instead of Baby DVDs

As far back as 1999, warnings issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics about the potential developmental damage to babies and toddlers who watch television before age 2 have gone largely unheeded.  Yet, as a bonanza crop of baby DVDs and videos that promised to make babies smarter burst onto the market, parents spent millions of dollars.

That trend has changed somewhat, however, because parents and early childhood educators have examined and debated the findings of a University of Washington research project that appeared in the August 2007 Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Dmitri Christakis, MD, MPH, Dr. Frederick Zimmerman, PhD and Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D surveyed over 1,000 parents in Washington and Minnesota to determine how children faired in using a set of 90 common baby words.

Early childhood researchers have long known that parents and other adult caretakers have the greatest impact on how a baby learns to speak, no matter what the language or culture.  They know that language acquisition is directly tied to hearing the musical sounds and facial expressions of ‘motherese’ or ‘parentese’ in early childhood.

Since children imitate what they hear, it follows that the more parents and caregivers interact audio-visually with them, the more opportunity they will have to develop strong verbal skills.

According to the study, for every hour that babies 8-16 months of age watched baby DVDs and videos, they knew fewer words (6-8 on average) than babies who did not watch them.

“The results surprised us, but they make sense,” said Meltzoff, in a Reuters report.  “If the (baby’s) ‘alert time’ is spent in front of DVDs and TV, instead of with people speaking in ‘parentese’- that melodic speech [sing-song, high-pitched extended-vowel type of voice] we use with little ones – the babies are not getting the same linguistic experience.” Dr. Dimitri Christakis added, “The evidence is mounting that (baby DVDs) are of no value and may in fact be harmful.”

What Parents Can Do

The more I work with people all over the world, helping them with their voices, the more I’m convinced that most people are passionate about doing what’s best for their children, so I consistently encourage them to spend more time in verbal interaction with their children and less time sitting inactively in front of a television.  Put them in the room where you’re working and talk or sing to them about what you’re doing.  

The sound of your voice will have an enormously positive effect on your child’s development.

As verbal skills become increasingly important in this competitive global age, think of what Dr. Meltzoff says: “Parents and caregivers are the baby’s first and best teachers.  Watching attention-getting DVDs and TV may not be an even swap for warm social human interaction at this age…the youngest babies seem to learn language best from parents.”

This takes us to another topic.

Should You Change the Way You Sound?

In fact, this question is so important that I want to devote more time to it in future posts.

But, for now, know that the answer is YES!

How you do that is where the real heart of the matter is.

A good place to start is by understanding the importance of the quality of your voice for your baby’s language development.

 

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pregnant belly prenatal musicThe more I teach others how to use their voices with confidence, beauty and power, the more I realize how crucial it is for mothers to discover the amazing benefits of using specially designed prenatal music to improve their voices while they are still pregnant.

Here are a few powerful reasons why prenatal music singing improves your life and the life of your baby:

  • Helps you to bond more deeply with your baby
  • Calms you down and calms down the baby
  • Builds a strong foundation for baby’s future language and singing skills
  • Releases endorphins to help you feel better

There are many many more, but these are enough to get started right away!

But let’s talk about each one of these separately for a moment.

Why Does Prenatal Music Singing Help You Bond More Deeply With Your Baby?

Bonding simply means incorporating your unborn baby into your current lifestyle.  When you sing to him or her, you are communicating in ways that words without music simply cannot do.  Science has all sorts of explanations about this but the most important thing for you to know is that your baby depends on your voice for security, comfort and a sense of being loved.

How Does Prenatal Music Singing Calm You and Your Baby?

Certain patterns of music notes (pitches or tones) are more calming than others and when you learn to sing these particular patterns using specifically designed prenatal music, your nervous system reacts in a positive way.  When you sing, you release endorphins in your body.  Endorphins are those feel good hormones that we usually associate with exercising or laughter.  Since your baby is directly attached to you by your umbilical cord, all emotions that you feel are also felt by your baby.  When you sing along with prenatal music that is specially designed to use the patterns that are known to create calm, your baby responds by calming down with you.  If you sing with this music consistently while you are pregnant, the baby will recognize the music and “remember” its calming effect after he or she is born.

How Does Prenatal Music Singing Build A Strong Foundation For Singing And Language Skills?

Research shows us that a child learns their most basic vocal skills from the mother’s voice.  Your baby will start hearing and your voice from inside your womb at about 22 weeks into pregnancy.  But your voice is “felt” by your baby as vibration before his or her hearing parts are fully formed.  Voice is vibration.  Words and singing are vibration.  Certain patterns of vibration, heard over and over again, imprint themselves in your baby’s brain, so that how you sound becomes what your baby will imitate. The more you improve and strengthen the sound of your own voice and how you communicate, the better example you give to your baby for singing and language skills.

How Does Prenatal Music Singing Make You Feel Better?

Remember what I mentioned above about how singing releases endorphins and how endorphins calm you down?  When you stay calm in stressful situations you feel better because you don’t release large amounts adrenaline, the stress hormone.  Also, when you sing along with specially designed prenatal music, you will breath more deeply, which gets more oxygen into your system.  More oxygen means more energy, better digestion, less toxins in the blood, strengthening your immune system, and the list goes on and on and on.

Prenatal music singing has many more advantages than these four that I have mentioned here.  But I thought that you would like know about these the most.

If you would like to know more about what your voice can do for your baby, get my FREE report, Baby Voice Advantage Secrets and start right away in giving your baby the best bonding experience possible by using your voice to calm yourself and your baby while you build a strong foundation for his or her future singing and language skills.

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