You've probably seen the many viral videos of babies crying while their mother is singing. These emotional videos are heart-wrenching and convey a type of emotion that is difficult to put into words.
You hear the mother singing a beautiful song, and the child is crying in such a sad way that it almost seems fake.
You should understand this these viral videos are far from fake, and it is a natural reaction that the baby is having.
If you find yourself singing and immediately your baby begins to cry, refer to this article in your mind so that you can stay calm and not think your baby is your worst critic.
Is Connection the Reason Your Baby Is Crying While You Sing?
If you haven't experienced this first hand just yet, you should know that your baby really can connect with you emotionally.
Some people think that babies are nothing more than reactionary beings that only react to stimulus around them.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and anyone who has spent any time with a baby knows this from first-hand experience.
Your baby is crying so hard while you're singing because it connects with you on an emotional level. Your baby can hear your emotions and your voice, and it is reacting accordingly.
If you put it into perspective, it makes sense because a baby only has limited reactions at its disposal.
Should You Be Worried That Your Baby Is Crying as You Belt Out Your Favorite Song?
At first, you might feel uncomfortable and think that your baby, for one reason or another, hates your singing. It might make you not ever want to sing again for fear of your baby's reaction.
If you feel this way, you may actually be thinking about all of this far too much. Your baby is not critiquing your singing ability, and you are not harming them in the least.
As your baby gets older, it will be able to process music and other art forms that don't leave it so emotional.
Does This Mean You Should Not Sing with Your Baby in the Room?
No, that's not what it means and all. You should sing a variety of songs throughout the day with your child present.
Singing allows your child to connect with you and know that you are in the room with them. Listening to you sing also provides your baby with an emotional balance as it hears the variety of moods in your voice.
Singing will help you connect with your baby on a level that you would otherwise not be able to—exposing your baby to a variety of moods through the sound of your voice while singing is a healthy exercise that will help your child developmentally.
A Baby's Understanding of Mood Is Deeper Than What Most Parents Understand
Quite a few parents argue in front of their babies, and they think that the child does not pick up on their argument.
Most parents don't understand that babies pick up the mood of those around them and can decipher what's going on. Your baby may not understand the words that you are singing or saying while arguing, but they can sense your mood by the tone of your voice.
It's this ability to sense your mood that the baby is picking up on while hearing you sing. It's the same reason why children may seem agitated by merely hearing their parents argue without knowing the context of the argument.
A baby doesn't need to be able to speak the language to have a firm grasp of what is being said. It's the tone and delivery of the words that the baby is picking up on and reacting to.
It's Healthy to Allow Your Baby to Express Their Emotions
If your baby is crying, you may immediately want to act like a clown to get them to stop crying. Allow your child to cry and continue to sing.
Continuing to sing is healthy, and it allows your child to experience emotions so that they grow emotionally.
A baby doesn't only need to grow in ways that you can physically see, their emotions and mental capacity also has to develop.
The way that you encourage development is by producing situations that enable your child to react emotionally. The tears that you are seeing could indeed be tears of sadness, or pain; they are tears brought on by your singing.
Sing a Wide Variety of Songs to Connect with Your Baby Emotionally
The songs that you sing should help connect you and your child, helping them develop emotionally. Some of the songs that you sing should be upbeat and happy, while others can be slower and also sad.
A song doesn't have to always be filled with nonstop happiness so that your baby doesn't experience anything other than overwhelming joy. You might discover that some of the happiest songs that you sing will make your baby cry.
You've probably heard of tears of joy before, but if you haven't, you will understand what they are all about when you hear your child cry while you're belting out the happiest tune you've ever heard.
Don't Read Too Much into Your Baby Crying as You Sing
First-time parents are generally the worst when it comes to being over-reactive regarding how their child reacts. If your baby is crying while you're singing, don't act like the house is on fire. Not everyone is grinning from ear to ear constantly throughout the day.
The tears that flow down your baby's face are not harmful, and they will not hurt them in the least. You are helping your baby grow emotionally, and that is one of the most important steps in child development.
The importance of being emotionally balanced can't be overstated, and your efforts to help them are vital to their growth as a human.
Let the Music Flow
Don't stop singing. If anything, sing more. Sing as much as you can around your baby. Your voice's sound is a beautiful thing, and it's something that your baby needs to hear more.