The first time Baby R mimicked my singing, she was 6 months old and I was changing her diaper. I was singing Doe a Dear, the same song I always sing to soothe her because she does not like getting her diaper changed. When I start singing she stops crying. She looks at me and observes my mouth, sounds, and facial expressions. It makes me feel a little nutty, but I continue to sing, nonetheless.
She mimicked me by saying, “da da” and squealing. Now, to some this wouldn’t be singing. But, I know she was mimicking me because she didn’t wait until I was finished singing. She started singing along with me! It was the cutest thing I had experienced at the time. We both laughed and her diaper change was fuss-free, and thus anxiety-free for me.
Sometimes I think she will learn to sing before she learns how to talk, all because I’ve been singing to her since day one. And now she’s singing (or squealing) right along with me. I’ve never been much of a singer, so maybe it comes with being a mother. I sing to her in the morning as I change her diaper and wash her face, while I prepare her food, when we’re dancing around the house, while we’re driving down the road, during bath time, and before bed. I’m still constantly singing 12 months into motherhood.
While baby has been patiently listening to me, I’ve been slowly healing and growing into my new identity of being a mother. There are lots of benefits of singing postpartum. It has helped in my postpartum journey and recovery process, all the while entertaining the baby and scaring the fur babies.
It helps to heighten your mood.
Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin. In other words, it relieves stress and promotes bonding. During a time when mom’s hormones are fluctuating postpartum, increasing your mood through something like singing is so simple, yet can be so important.
If you sing while breastfeeding, you could get a double dose of oxytocin, which really helps to heighten your mood and bond with your baby.
Not to say that singing can cure postpartum depression, but it absolutely helps with the postpartum funk most new moms experience. Sing those baby blues, mama!
Singing helps to soothe your baby.
For centuries, mamas across the globe have sung to their babies. Have you ever started humming or singing a lullaby you didn’t realize you knew? You have your mom or grandma to thank for that! They sang to you, just as their moms sang to them, and the women in their families have been singing to babies for generations.
It’s a maternal instinct to sing when baby is fussy, crying, or sleepless. Singing to your baby helps to soothe them, and can help lull them to sleep, which is great for midday naps, anxious rides in the car, or restless nights.
Babies love the sound of their mama’s voice, and don’t mind if they sing off key or rhythm. They begin listening while in the womb. It’s the first voice they learn, the first they respond to, and the first they love. No wonder it soothes them.
It helps to facilitate a bond with your baby.
Singing to your baby throughout the day is a great way to bond with your baby. It’s a fun way to interact with them, explore emotions, teach them language and perhaps a love for music.
Singing helps to ease stress and loneliness.
Staying home with a tiny human can get lonely at times. I really enjoy my quiet time and time to myself, but being home with a baby who can’t converse with you can be lonely for some. I find happiness in singing. It relieves stress, heightens your mood, and masks the silence.
Being lonely can cause increased anxiety and postpartum moodiness. While singing may not ease the feeling of being alone, it may still help to heighten your mood.
It may help with diastasis recti recovery.
Believe it or not, singing is actually an incredible workout! Especially if done correctly from your diaphragm and lungs, instead of your throat. Has anyone told you to project your voice while singing? This is because projecting creates a fuller sound when pushing air with your diaphragm.
When I sing, I notice that towards the end of a long note, my ribs come together and my abs tighten in a way that helps diastasis recti recovery. Sounds crazy, right? My abdominal gap went from a 3 finger width to less than half a finger in less than 6 months. Maybe this wasn’t completely from singing, but I sure think it helped a little.
Singing helps to unleash your right-brain and creative side.
Singing is a right-brain activity. Once the door is opened, it can spark all kinds of other creative ideas. Since staying home with my baby and singing to her constantly, my right brain fires off new ideas daily. This could be because I have the headspace for it now that I’m not working, or it could be because singing opens other creative outlets, which is a great way for new moms to find their new identity.
Have you tried singing postpartum? How has it helped? Tell me in the comments below.