Having a baby is a very exciting time in one's life, but how will that affect your musical journey? Will you need to take time off to heal before practicing your instrument? How do you practice with a new baby in the home?
After having a baby, many women stated that they were able to bounce right back into playing, so little healing time was required. The ones who did say they needed healing time were ones who ended up having a C-section. Most of the responses I received when I asked around on many musical Facebook groups were they needed between 6-8 weeks before they could play their instrument. That's because when we play, we need to be able to sit up straight and if you play a woodwind or brass instrument, take in deep breaths from the abdomen. Every person is different though, so no matter what, you should listen to your doctors and your body when it comes time to being healed to play or not.
Here Is What to Expect After Having a Baby and Practicing a Musical Instrument:
Babies require a lot of attention and care, so finding time to practice your musical instrument may become more challenging. You'll need to adjust your schedule and be flexible with your practice sessions.
Babies can be sensitive to loud noises, especially when they're trying to sleep. Consider practicing during nap times or using mute options on your instrument to minimize the noise. Some new parents even put ear protection on their babies as they practiced - especially if you are playing a higher-pitched instrument such as piccolo, flute, or violin.
Interrupted Practice Sessions:
Babies have unpredictable schedules, and you may find that your practice sessions get interrupted frequently. Be patient and try to make the most of the time you have.
Adapting to Shorter Sessions:
You may not have long stretches of time for practice. Consider breaking your practice sessions into shorter, focused intervals to make the most of the time you have available.
Incorporating the Baby:
Sometimes, you may need to practice with the baby nearby. They might even find the music soothing. You could experiment with playing softer or more calming pieces during these times.
Enlist the help of your partner, family members, or friends to watch the baby while you have dedicated practice time. Having a support system is crucial during this period.
Patience and Flexibility:
Parenthood brings a lot of changes to your life. Be patient with yourself, and don't be too hard on your musical progress. Adjust your expectations and enjoy the moments you can spend with your instrument.
You might find yourself multitasking more often, whether it's holding the baby while strumming a few chords or listening to music while attending to your little one. Finding creative ways to integrate music into your daily routine can be beneficial.
Connecting with the Baby Through Music:
Music can be a great way to bond with your baby. Singing or playing gentle tunes for them can create a positive association with your instrument.
Parenthood is demanding, and it's important to prioritize self-care. If playing your instrument brings you joy and relaxation, make sure to carve out time for it. A happy and fulfilled parent is better equipped to care for their child.
Remember that finding a balance between parenting and pursuing your musical interests is a unique journey for each individual. Be adaptable, stay positive, and cherish the moments you share with your baby and your instrument.