5 Songs That Will Make Your Baby Smarter, Happier & Healthier

April Daniels Hussar | Apr 17, 2013 Baby

newbornA recent study shows that when parents sing to their premature babies, there's a medical benefit! Amazing -- but not totally surprising: It just seems intuitive that a soothing connection like a song sung by baby's mama or daddy would be good for her, doesn't it?

Researchers studying babies in the NICU found music therapy was associated with lowered heart rates, improved sleep and sucking behavior, and even better feeding. I have my own theory that this extends to any baby, premature or not! There's something so right about singing to your brand new little person. One of my favorite "lullabies" for my daughter was a beautiful, sweet song I learned to sing (not that well!) by singing along with Paul McCartney.

Here's that song, and more that a baby would love to hear:

 

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  • 'Blackbird'

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    I've been singing this song to my daughter for years, but I only just now discovered that Paul McCartney wrote it in 1968 to honor the civil rights struggles of the time. "I had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird," McCartney said. "... this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: 'Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.'" Now I love it even more!

  • 'Baby Mine'

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    You might recognize this as the song that made you cry during Dumbo, but it's been covered by many great singers, from Bonnie Raitt to Alison Krauss. My all-time favorite is the version Bette Midler sings in Beaches. Sob!

  • 'Across the Universe' From the 'Pleasantville' Soundtrack

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    Fiona Apple's version of this song is one of the only Beatles covers that I love. John Lennon singing can't be beat, but Fiona's slower version is gorgeous. And it happened to be the one song that could soothe my screaming, car-ride-hating baby!

  • 'Blue Moon'

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    Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for

    You heard me saying a prayer for
    
Someone I really could care for ...  

    Were these lyrics written for a parent blessed by a baby, or what? Billie Holiday sings an incredible version of this, but I also love Dean Martin's dreamy voice.

  • 'Three Little Birds'

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    Such a happy, happy song to share with your baby! And yourself, come to think of it, whether you're in the throes of postpartum overwhelm or not ... every little thing is gonna be all right!

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