Acoustic perception - hearing, singing and making music

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When do babies start being able to hear?

Babies are able to hear in the mother's tummy. They can perceive their own heartbeat, so a constant rhythm is registered right from the start of their lives. Children can also hear the sound of blood rushing and people's voices before they are born. After birth, hearing continues to develop due to external stimuli, and the baby's brain gradually learns to process various types of information to enable the child to hearcompletely.

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Acoustic perception


Sounds and the voices of familiar people

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In the first months of life, children especially like hearing the voices of people they know. As a rule, the mother and father are the ones who can calm their baby down with gentle words or a song. By doing this, parents also foster their child's ability to hear and speak. Music is also very calming for babies. In their first few months, babies are already able to distinguish sounds with great accuracy. For some children it just so happens that musical boxes have a calming effect, while others can fall asleep with the vacuum cleaner whirring. After 3 months old, babies usually begin to imitate sounds and squeak, hum or babble.

Babies love rhythm and musical instruments

Toddlers enjoy singing and making music and also love to get moving to it. They react with curiosity to different sounds and voices and experience music and rhythm as something quite natural. Making music together and experimenting with different objects and instruments strengthens both their acoustic perception and their emotional and social skills. It is scientifically proven on a regular basis that children who grow up with music can walk faster and learn to speak earlier. First comes the singing nursery rhymes and finger games, then comes the experiments with various musical instruments. These affirm and inspire children's natural curiosity for sounds and noises. Read more here about how to bring musical variety into your child's life.

Fostering the acoustic perception of babies and toddlers

Fostering acoustic perception with play gyms

First toys like gripping toys or training toys enable babies to get to know different sounds and to produce them for themselves, e.g. cracking, rustling or ringing.

Fostering acoustic perception with musical toys

Musical instruments for toddlers provide children of two years and older with a playful introduction to musical development and rhythm. Whether it in being in a group or on their own, children have a lot of fun playing the drums, rattles and flutes.

Fostering acoustic perception with glove puppets with sound effects

The hand puppets with sound effects are particularly popular with babies and toddlers. The little playmates are brought to life by grown-ups, and their sewn-in rattles or squeaks make the game more animated. Children can also bring the sound-making hand puppets to life. All of the senses are stimulated!