Oh, Baby! Study shows music turns toddlers into “team players.”

Study shows bouncing to the beat may induce cooperative behavior in toddlers

Study shows bouncing to the beat may induce cooperative behavior in babies and toddlers

Alright, parents. We’ve all been there. It’s one of those days and you’ve been anticipating the meltdown all afternoon. Sure enough, be it bath time or bed time… critical mass! Now the rest of your evening is filled with pleading and begging the gods for quiet and, quite possibly, your sanity. Fear not! For music may be your salvation!

I’ve posted several times about how music affects the human brain in many different ways. Now, developmental researchers are claiming that bouncing your baby to the beat of your favorite song may significantly increase the infant’s desire/ability to cooperate.

Anyone who’s seen this episode of Friends knows that music makes babies happy…

… but cooperative? According to an article in the New York Times, researchers worked with 48 toddlers and gently bounced them to the beat of The Beatles‘ “Twist And Shout.” Some were bounced on beat and others off beat. The researchers found that the toddlers who were bounced on beat were more willing to “help out” with things like picking up an “accidentally” dropped object than those who were being bounced off beat. So it isn’t just music that’s important, but rhythm, also.

So dance with your babies, parents (though, “Baby Got Back” may not be the most appropriate choice of songs). Laugh with them, sing with them, and let the rhythm move you both. It makes the child happy and could make your life just a little bit easier. You’re welcome! 🙂

“B-Dubs” Is Back: Brian Williams raps “Baby Got Back” on The Tonight Show

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

After this weekend’s sad news about the death of iconic radio personality Casey Kasem, we figured you might be down for a little comic relief. And no one does comic relief like Jimmy Fallon and the geniuses at NBC’s The Tonight Show.

You may remember back in April I posted a video of NBC Nightly News‘ managing editor and anchor Brian Williams “rapping” to Snoop Dogg’s “Gin And Juice.” Well, B-Dubs is back, and Jimmy’s got him covering another classic rap song. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Williams rapping Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Enjoy! 🙂

These awesome mash-ups have become a semi-regular bit on the show, so it’s only a matter of time before “Bri-Wi” returns. Trust me, when that happens we’ll have it for you here.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Sing-N-Share for lots of your favorite rap and hip-hop tracks along with thousands of songs from other genres. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s lots of fun.

Miley’s “Baby Got Back” Karaoke: Oh, sweet irony!

Miley Cyrus, karaoke, "Baby Got Back"

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It’s certainly not unusual for pop stars to unwind by singing karaoke to their favorite hits from other artists, and that’s exactly how Miley Cyrus spent part of her St. Patrick’s Day in the Big Easy.

The controversial tongue-toting superstar took to the stage at the Cats Meow karaoke club in New Orleans on Monday to belt out some cover tunes, including a giggle-filled rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back.”

I don’t know about you, but I think this is pretty ironic. Why, you ask? If you’re familiar with the song, and I’m sure you are, then you’re also familiar with the song’s subject matter; big ol’ butts! Miley, I’m glad you’re out there kickin’ it with your friends and enjoying life and all, but we’ve all seen you twerk (kinda), and baby… back is one thing you ain’t got! Maybe she did too many side bends and sit ups. 🙂