I took pregnancy yoga for six months while I was pregnant with my son, Wonder Boy- up until the week before I went into labor.
I loved the class- the quiet time, the camaraderie, the hip circles that stretched what hurt worse on my body.
But my favorite part came at the end, when we sat and put our hands on our bellies and sang to our unborn babies a tune written to the words of a lovely blessing. When I was most frustrated in the middle of the night or when the cries turned into tantrums, I used the song to calm both my son and I. Even though he is three years old, I still keep a copy of the song on my phone for emergencies.
We also spent time waiting for our little arrival scrounging iTunes for baby music, buying a lot of songs that were lullaby renditions of songs we enjoyed already. We were given a CD player for my son’s crib and we burnt a disc of music to play, my son falling asleep to a delicate and sweet version of “Everlong” every day.
Music is a blessing in the early months of a baby’s life. It can calm both a parent and a baby down and can help establish routines, repetition and singing to your baby can help your bond, even when you just have a couple precious hours at the end of the day punctuated by dinner and bathtime.
Me, about three years ago. Guaranteed there was some music playing.
Music also is a universal language, and babies understand and enjoy it very early on.
The album “Good Morning My Love” by Vered Benhorin would be a lovely addition to a new (or not-so-new) parents.
The songs are short (the entire album of 18 songs is 30 minutes) and easy to learn, making it easy for parents to learn the words and sing along. The album was written for the newborn through three-year-old set, with songs written from a child’s and a parent’s perception.
And I love the cover art.
The songs are also strong on the vocals and quiet on the background instrumentals, guitars complimenting the songs, not overpowering.
My favorite song on the album was a version of “You are my Sunshine” where the song got more and more vibrant, and I thought about how the more I sang,the more I get into being silly with my son.
“Hands in my Mouth” is just adorable- likening the favorite baby pasttime to better than spaghetti or many other tastier things.
And the song “At 63″ is perfect for my life right now, as I struggle to get up many mornings with my very cheerful son, who hits the ground running and doesn’t slow until 2 p.m. I years for a ‘day off’.
Vered also offers classes and performances in the New York area.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this album for erview. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.