I like music. I just don’t often think to turn it on. I like sitting in silence. And we don’t have a stereo system. So if I want music I either have to battle with iTunes on my very slow computer, have to switch disks in the portable cd player (which means finding the cds first) or I have to deal with the radio and annoying commercials. And like I said, I don’t mind silence.
So I guess Bella’s been exposed to some music, just not classical maybe. At least not much and not lately.
Tonight as I was looking for a washcloth I found a cd of bath time music that came in one of those gift packs with washcloths and shampoos and baby lotion and such that we received, from one of my aunts, I think, for the baby shower last year. And we decided to throw it in while we got Bella ready for bath. When the first notes of Beethoven sounded, she was captivated. (Not so much with the hip hop version of five little monkeys.) Same for the bit from the third Brandenburg concerto. She actually rested her head against the side of the tub. Usually we have to wrestle her down, she wants to grab everything in sight, stand up, splash, squirm, squeal. And she never lets me wash her face. But she just sat calmly, clinging to the side of the tub until I scooped her up in the towel and took her off to bed.
(We skipped all the kiddie music and just played the classical stuff. The cd had a very odd arrangement with the sing-along stuff interspersed with classical pieces. It felt rather like being in a car with a driver who can’t make up his mind which lane to be in. Or even which direction to drive.)
I thought she’d enjoy the music, but I didn’t expect it to have such a dramatic effect.
I guess maybe we should try music every night. If it continues to soothe her, it will definitely make bath time much easier. And it might be time to try to work out a better way to play music during the day as well.