Composer Josh Rutt shares why song is important for baby's development.

*guest post from composer Josh Rutt

Do you remember moments in your life that are marked by particular songs?  Of course, we all do!  Can you recall your first musical memory?  Maybe the first song that you just had to play over and over again?  Or perhaps your first live concert experience?

The truth is...  We have all been making musical memories since before we were even born.  Studies have shown that hearing begins to develop as early as 16 to 20 weeks into pregnancy while memories are first formed approximately 10 weeks later.  Additional studies have displayed that babies show an inclination toward songs that they have previously heard while in the womb.

So what does all this mean?  This is really up to you!  Do you make time to work with your child on muscle development and motor skills?  Do you carefully choose which books you share with your child?  Well, selecting music for your baby and encouraging musical development should be no different.  And now, with streaming music available right at your fingertips, playing songs for your child is easier than ever before.  Finding the right music, however, may prove to be more challenging.

Will my child like jazz?  How about classical?  Maybe country?  Well, experiment!  Sing along and see how your child responds to each genre.  In fact, studies have shown that singing to your child helps build bonds and encourages language development.  So go ahead… Explore, have fun and sing your heart out!

Josh Rutt is a composer, producer, music educator and CEO of Baby Blanket Music.  Baby Blanket Music takes your favorite songs from your favorite artists and arranges them just right so that now they can be your baby’s favorites too!  Whether singing along softly, cruising quietly in the car, or lulling to sleepy slumber, this is the perfect way to share your music with your little one.  Developed under the guidance of doctors, teachers and child development specialists - and approved by babies and parents of all ages - Baby Blanket Music is designed to soothe while enhancing the enjoyment and cognition of music.  Soothing lullabies include songs made famous by The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and more.