The music on Good Morning My Love, and the instruction and concepts that I introduce in the workshops, integrate the benefits of music with psychological theory regarding early infancy. For a new parent, learning how to just BE with your baby can be challenging. A baby can seem indecipherable and difficult to connect to, sometimes making for a frustrating and confusing experience for a well-meaning parent.

Why use music to connect with your baby?

The benefits of music are intuitive to most people. Music is a natural endorphin that bypasses intellectual thought and directly connects you to emotions. It can simultaneously engage both your playful, spontaneous side and your soulful, tender side. For many reasons it is one of the best ways to connect to your baby: Music, with its inherent melody, rhythm, and repitition, is a language that babies can understand from day one. It also has a way of organizing experience and enhancing it. Both you and your baby can use music to create routine, develop reliable patterns of expectations, and foster a sense of security - all of which help to create a familiar and loving environment.

What do psychologists say?

Research in developmental psychology shows that the first two years of life are critical for a baby's emotional and social development. The style and quality of the relationship between the baby and the primary caregiver during the early years predicts the child's ability to regulate emotions, cope with stressors, and create fulfilling and supportive relationships later in life.

Consistency is one of the most important elements that leads to a secure parent-baby bond. When a baby feels like he or she can reliably expect certain behaviors of the parent it creates a kind of "home base" from which the baby can explore and safely return. Another aspect of the secure bond involves reflective parenting, the ability of the parent to understand the emotional state of the baby as well as his/her own, and the interaction between them. A final crucial component of a secure bond requires the parent to be fully present (emotionally and physically) with the baby. When this happens, both the baby and parent are available for increasingly complex and gratifying interactions through which the baby and parent come to know themselves and each other, and feel wholly connected.