Music and Language in Infants and Toddlers

Infant and toddler brains tune into the patterns, pace, and sounds in music. Singing helps them hear the sounds in words better than they can hear them in everyday language.

To help their brains grasp language through music, sing songs that fit with the activities you do together. For example, sing your child’s name while you change their diaper; sing about the food you eat at meal times; or sing a lullaby at naptime. Young children’s brains are stimulated by fast-paced and fun music when they’re in a playful mood. And when you adapt the volume and tempo of a song for quiet activities, it will help calm their brains down and prepare them for rest.

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