Now here's a study that shows even three-day-old babies have a sense of music and rhythm. They're not yet sure why, but the study's co-author put forward this theory:
Following a beat is a vital part of cultural activities, from following the rhythm of a conversation to dancing or playing music with another person, Honing says. It's possible that babies are born with a musical sense because it helps communication.Not news to those of us who've ever caught a baby's attention with a simple rendition of "Frere Jacques," but it's nice to be backed up scientifically.
Plus, they enjoy it, and so do you. What better reason?