Research has shown that babies love a beat, and it comes naturally to them. This study was done on 120 infants that were between the ages of 5 months to 2 years. The study found that when music was played, babies would start moving their hands and feet to the beat of the music. Below are five benefits of your baby dancing, which is not only good for them, but can also be good for you.
Develop Social Skills
Social skills are important because they are necessary for your child to make social connections with other kids their age when they become a little older. One great way they can develop social skills is by dancing with other children. The children are connected with each other due to sharing together their love of music. They can then build from this to socialize with each other.
Keep Them Healthy
If you use dance as part of your child's life from the beginning, they will learn to express themselves through the movements. This will stay with them throughout their life. This means they will spend less time watching television, playing video games, or sitting in front of a computer. Instead, they will be participating in physical activities. This is especially true once they become older and start taking dance lessons, such as tap, ballet, and jazz.
Create a Strong Bond
Playing music and dancing with your baby helps create a strong bond between you and your baby. This is because you are spending time in close contact with your baby. This also allows you to play close attention to their reactions and facial expressions so you will know what their dislikes and likes are when it comes to the music you are playing.
Feel Less Stress
If you are feeling stressed out, your baby is likely feeling the stress too. Because dancing is fun for you and is also exercising, it produces endorphins in your body, which are known as the "feel good" chemical. The next time you are feeling stressed out, pick up your baby and start spinning around the room to calm you down and make your baby happy.
You can likely find dance classes in your area that will teach dancing to babies, as long as they are able to walk. These classes are generally not very long, as babies do not have a very long attention span. You may be asked to stay with your child during the dance class.
For more information, contact Jazz Unlimited Studio of Arts or a similar location.