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Share music with your special baby

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Lullabies have a proven track record. Throughout history, they have soothed trillions of babies to sleep. They are sung in every language.

Studies have shown that premature babies are more apt to thrive when they hear lullabies in hospital. Music continues to nurture us throughout our lives.

Music impacts our emotions. Listen to a rock song, classical music or an improvised jazz session. Move around to the music. It influences the way we feel. Which type of music gives you energy? Which music soothes you?

This is why singing a lullaby is good for you and good for baby, too! The right lullaby calms each of us. We sway to the beat.

Share songs with your special baby in your native tongue. Sing to them in another language. It’s the rhythm of the song. Soothing, like the comfort of a swaying hammock.

Share lullabies you know with a baby you love. If they live away from you, please share songs in other ways:

– On your phone
– By voice recorded messages on your cell phone
– Live, by videophone or via Skype
– Record a few and send via MP3 or CD

Here’s a classic lullaby in English.

Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Here’s a Zulu lullaby called Thula Baba Lullaby. Here’s a link to a sweet ad where they sing this tune. The English translation is below.

Thula Baba Lullaby (Zulu)

Thula thul, thula baba, thula sana,
Thul’ubab uzobuya, ekuseni.
Thula thul, thula baba, thula sana,
Thul’ubab uzobuya, ekuseni.
Kukh’inkanyezi, zi-holel’ ubaba,
Zimkhanyisela indlel’e ziyak-haya,
Sobe sikhona ka bonke bashoyo,
Bayathi buyela. Ubuye le khaya.

Thula thula thula baba,
Thula thula thula baba,

Hush-a-Bye Little Man Lullaby (English)
Hush, hush, hush-a-bye little man, be quiet baby,
Be quiet, Daddy will be back in the morning.
Hush, hush, hush-a-bye little man, be quiet baby,
Be quiet, Daddy will be back in the morning.
There’s a star that will draw him home.
It will illuminate his path home
Where we are. All will urge,
They’ll say, go back.
He returned to this home.
Hush, hush-a-bye baby
Hush, hush-a-bye baby.

Once your special baby is over six months of age, you can begin to make music together! Please don’t let distance get in the way. There are videophones and if you have a computer, programs like Skype are free.

With a little planning, sharing music can be a lot of fun. Gather a few instruments and find out which ones sound best over the miles. Nothing too high pitched, as baby’s ears can be sensitive to the high notes.

Baby can bang along with you on a pot, or shake a rattle. My grandbaby loves to play her harmonica. She’s two years old as I write this, and has a yellow horn that’s a favourite at our marching band sessions on our Skype visits.

I’m always in a great mood once we play our musical improv sessions! Share music with your special baby and you will benefit too!

Baby Focus is written by Elizabeth Verwey. The e-book is filled with ideas to share and care from a distance with your special baby. Birth – 36 months. ELovingFamilies.com

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