Sunderland mums-to-be urged to sing to their unborn children

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MUMS-to-be are being encouraged to express baby love in song to their bumps.

A Sunderland toddlers’ group, which uses music and dance to help parents communicate with their children, is extending its clientele to include unborn babies.

Ashbrooke-based Tiny Tweeties has launched a new “in the womb” session, designed specifically to allow mothers to begin communicating with their babies by creating a rich sound environment at the earliest stage.

Director Rachael Hair, who has a son, Joe, 13, and daughter, Eva, two, said: “We aim to encourage child-parent-carer interaction.

“So with this new session we’re looking to build the foundations to a communication-rich relationship at the earliest stage possible.”

She added: “Having done lots of research into the benefits of singing and interaction in the very early years, it has become clear that the sooner you start the better.

“Listening to music and singing during pregnancy is a great way to connect with your baby, familiarising them with your voice and preparing them for language and communication.”

Special needs teacher Rachael set up Tiny Tweeties in March last year, providing music development groups for up to four-year-olds, as she knows the benefits to development and interaction singing and playing rhyming games can have on children.

Helped by her guitar-playing husband Chris, 32, who works in public relations, her workshops and sessions take place at St John’s Church, near their Ashbrooke home.

The new groups, which also cater for newborn to 18 month old babies, will consist of bonding and lap songs, a gentle introduction to instruments and moving around to music.

Rachael added: “It’s a chance to be surrounded by music, learn new and old songs, meet other mums and their little ones and begin communicating with your baby by creating a rich sound environment.”

They will run weekly on Thursdays at 1pm. For details visit www.tinytweeties.co.uk