Music has long been shown to have a positive effect on babies. Researchers at McMaster University found that early musical exposure for 1 year olds led to more smiles and increased brain responses, and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York led research that found that live music can calm the breathing of premature babies. While researchers are still torn on benefits for unborn babies, it is never too early to pick out songs to dedicate to your new little love.
Songs Dedicated From Mom
The Dixie Chicks' “Lullaby” is a soothing tune perfect for birthing playlists and late night rocking chair sessions. It is a song that pays homage to those first moments of falling in love experienced between mother and child. For those who may have struggled with achieving pregnancy, Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” is an ideal choice. While not originally written about motherhood, the words speak perfectly to the trials and tribulations endured, while carrying love and hope for the future within the heart. A cover that will surely touch new mothers is Ellie Goulding’s version of “Your Song.” Originally sang by Elton John, the Goulding version is a sweet variation that is easy to apply to the love experienced with motherhood.
Songs Dedicated From Dad
Rascal Flatts' “My Wish” describes a new father’s dreams for his baby, wishing most of all for a life that is everything his child hopes it to be. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle has long been a favorite for father/daughter dances at weddings. It is a song that captures the true love between a dad and his daughter through the years. A newer song with a similar theme is Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” following a father as he struggles with some of the harder phases of parenting, all while recognizing how fleeting those phases can be.
“Capri” by Colbie Caillat follows a young mother as she cherishes the life growing inside of her. The lyrics describe both mother and child and the bond that is formed as they grow together. From a father’s point of view, “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed has lyrics that describe the emotions felt by a man on the day he learns he is going to be a daddy. The emotions captured are both those of fear and joy, sure to speak to the feelings experienced by many new fathers-to-be.
Songs About The Future
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack speaks of a mother’s wishes for her children as they grow. Lyrics include the hope for strength and perseverance in a new baby’s later years, along with the ability to pick up and keep dancing, despite life’s trials. “Never Grow Up” is Taylor Swift’s anthem to childhood, invoking images of a new baby tucked beneath her mother’s arm. The chorus describes sentiments shared by many new parents as they witness their children passing through the early stages of life far too quickly.