I have learned over the past few years of motherhood, and from being around and working with children, that children love music. Whether it be the soothing sounds of lullabies and classical music, or the rhythm and beat to songs like "the hotdog dance," children will often react to the songs with enthusiasm.
From the very beginning, children are able to respond to music. I remember when I was pregnant with my little ones, and I would put on classical music on Pandora and put headphones to my belly and just feel the movements coming from my womb. Hopefully they were happy kicks, and not "mom get this music out of here" kind of kicks. Nevertheless, once they were born, I noticed that the music I would play for them before they were born, would be soothing and relaxing for them as they were growing.
Research has found that babies respond to the rhythm and tempo of music, and can find it more engaging than speech. Babies love a beat, and it has been found also that dancing comes naturally to infants. By playing with musical instruments or musical toys, or simply putting music on with a beat, your child will naturally start to move their bodies in response to the music. Your child's brain is prewired to learn music, just as it is to learn language. Babies love movement, and by playing with your child along with music, you are working to strengthen your relationship. From small movements such as swaying, to a gentle waltz up to larger movements like jumping up and down, your child will enjoy dancing and moving with their parent, and it will aid them in reaching their developmental milestones.