Your Child starts to hum and sings simple melodies, which brings lots of joy into your living room.
Children’s musical ability starts in the womb; your baby listens to your heartbeat and tone of voice, and is able to hear various sounds before birth. But by 30 – 36 months, the magic starts to happen: Your Child finally begins to sing a simple melody. While the little one might not be able to pronounce words just yet, Your Child is able to create various tones of sound and follow along with melody and rhythm.
How to support this development
Set a singinging routine. You can start singing during bath time or every morning after breakfast. The more Your Child hears others sing, the more the little one will want to try to sing alone.
Joining playgroups or music circles are another good way to develop Your Child’s musical ability. Also, have them listen to music and provide instrumental toys for Your Child to play with — ukulele or xylophone are both great.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (13 June 2021)