Are today’s babies listening to too much music electronically?


Monet Watanabe


The Bright Beat Smart Touch Play Space is meant to help develop motor skills as well as stimulate the sense of touch, sight, and hearing. Because of its structure, it helps the baby go from sitting to standing and cruising. It is meant for babies ages six months to three years. It is an interactive semi-circle that has smart touch technology that responds to the child’s touch with bright lights, music, and multiple sound effects. It includes the numbers one through five and each letter of the alphabet. It also has spinners, three different colored balls, and an interactive green ramp. It has three different modes of play. Piano play is the first mode and plays different tones and lights up when the child touches the bar. It is meant for when the baby is sitting. Dance party is the second mode and is meant to make the baby move to the up beat music. This mode also says certain phrases and plays different musical instruments when the baby touches certain parts of the play space. The last mode is for learning and games. It teaches the baby the ABCs and how to count. The Bright Beat Smart Touch Play Space claims to help children in more than one way but I am curious to know if it is over stimulating with everything that it offers. This toy also has several musical features that are supposed to enhance learning and development.

I found an article titled, Parental preferences to music stimuli of devices and playthings for babies, infants, and toddlers. The author explores how important music interaction is for child development and if music-based electronics like the Bright Beat Smart Touch Play Space, have the same effect as human musical interactions. The author found that music in general is important for cognitive development as well as physical, emotional, and social development. Before I started reading this article, I thought that the author was going to find that electronic music does have negative roles compared to human musical interactions but I was wrong. The author found that electronic music was not only beneficial for the babies, but for the parents as well. They provide bonding between the baby and parent and also boost positive moods and intimacy. Parents also preferred for their baby to listen to music through their toys because they were convenient and very stimulating because most toys have lights that flash along with the music. The study also found that parents should be open to more than one options of engaging their child in music.

The Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space is a great toy for infants and toddlers. It promotes curiosity and cognitive, physical, and sensory development. It helps babies develop motor skills by helping them progress from sitting to standing. It helps the babies learn the concept of action and reaction. It also promotes sensory development through the multiple lights, music, and colors. I’ve included a video below to see what the Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space looks like and how the babies interact with it.


Sulkin, I., & Brodsky, W. (2013). Parental preferences to music stimuli of devices and playthings for babies, infants, and toddlers. Psychology of Music, 307-320.

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2 thoughts on “Are today’s babies listening to too much music electronically?

  1. Brooke Cherry
    That is interesting to me that the toy helps with the physical and sensory, does the music play into these developments? I understand the toy helping with physical motor skills and helping to sit and stand. Would the type of music make a difference in the development? Say if it played classical music versus random toy noises?


  2. I think this article is very fascinating. I wonder if they have done a study with the amount of stimulation changes between electronic music versus a face-to-face music session with a piano (or any other instrument). I think that stimulation in all the different ways is defiantly a very good thing though, but I think that there needs to be a good mix between the two.

    Ashley North


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