Babies respond to every type of music; however, here we enter the gates of taste and preference.
For me, the most precious music for a baby is a loved one's gentle singing voice.
Beyond that, there are so many styles of music.
The benefits of nursery rhymes and certain pieces of classical music are widely-acknowledged: however, the music that brings you joy (country, folk, gentle pop, ethnic, indigenous, composed, the list is probably endless ... ) is the music you can share with your very little one. Gently and mindfully, of course.
And at a comfortably low volume.
From my perspective as a classical musician, Bach, Mozart, Handel and Beethoven are ... The Baby Kings!
I'm partial to heavy metal, and there are many brilliant and gifted musicians who choose metal as the means by which to express themselves.
However my preference would be that absolutely no heavy metal (or sub genres of) should be played - at any volume - to a baby.
In my experience, the thrash - no matter how well executed - can be distressing, upsetting and literally physically shocking to a wee one.
Bathe a baby in gentle sounds.
Give them a peaceful base from which to choose their own music in life.
Just sayin' ...
Danielle Joynt is one of Australia's leading early childhood music teachers.