Musical Toys for Babies Support Cognitive Development
Musical toys for babies such as rattles, shakers or bells help develop hand-eye coordination and give them a sense of control and autonomy over their world. Similarly, the interactivity that is experienced through musical toys that incorporate light and movement stimulate sensory play, which sets the foundation for creative development, exploration and imagination.
A baby’s sense of hearing is more developed than its sense of sight in its first few months of life, so it’s no wonder babies relate to music from birth. We use music, melody and nursery rhymes to calm our babies, help them sleep or to captivate their attention, and it’s obvious in the way babies respond to sound that it’s a primary source of learning during infant months.
Sensory and musical toys for babies don’t necessarily have to play a tune. It’s more the cause and effect of movement that creates sound which seems to captivate a baby’s attention. Try part-filling a used plastic bottle with dry rice and glitter (screw the lid on tight) and watch them shake it to their hearts content. If your baby is more than 1 year old then you might want to see our page on the best musical toys for toddlers.
Educational Benefits of Musical Toys for Babies
Numerous studies have linked child brain development with exposure to music, and hearing is one of the earliest developed senses. In fact, melodies are the very first pieces of information that are processed by the young brain. It has been proven that through stimulating brain activity by playing classical music to babies in utero, babies were observed to grow and develop at significantly more advanced rates than those who hadn’t.
Exposing babies to music during early development helps them learn the sounds of words and language. Even infants can recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the lyrics. They often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able.
Increased Memory Capacity
Memory is one component of cognitive development that can be enhanced by musical toys. Fetuses exposed to music have been shown to have excellent memory recall skills when they grow up. Music play and exposure has been shown to improve children’s memory storage, processing and recall.
“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education” – Plato
Best Musical Toys for Babies
Experts agree that the best musical toys for babies are not necessarily the ones that come with batteries. In fact babies gets more pleasure out of a sensory toy when they are able to create sounds by their own hand. As discussed melody and rhythm is also important so it’s key that babies have access to a wide variety of interactive musical toys to explore.
We’ve consulted our network of educational experts to ask for their top picks for this years best musical toys. Here are just a few of what our early learning experts deem to be the best musical toys for babies this year.
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