The Best Music To Help Your Baby Sleep
No solution would fit all parents in terms of keeping their baby calm and soothe them to sleep. However, music is one effective tool to aid you in establishing your baby’s sleep pattern. Other babies can sleep through the night because of a specific music and like adults, it helps them to feel relaxed.
Indeed, music and sounds have that magical effect not only on babies but for grown-ups too. It offers a myriad of things and health benefits. We tend to lay back and dozed off whenever we hear soft music which is the same principle that you can apply for your baby. Apparently, music has the power to energize us and to soothe us as well as giving your little one a better frame of mind so she can sleep.
Below are some types of music that can help your baby achieve that quality sleep.
LULLABIES – almost all babies that we know love lullabies. According to studies it has a powerful, soothing effect to infants. Lullabies stem from traditional melodies which are often gentle and repetitive that is why they are effective in putting babies to sleep.
Other melodies or type of music can be too catchy or stimulating that have an opposite effect to babies. We are familiar to a number of lullabies that can help baby relax and some classic examples are;
- Hush Little Baby
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Rockabye Baby
- Brahms Lullaby
- Star Light, Star Bright
- Little Boy Blue
These and other lullabies are now available in CDs and can be downloaded in mp3 format. Android phone users and iPhone users can also download these lullabies from their respective app stores. Likewise websites for babies also offer free streaming of lullabies, free download of its music videos or through podcasts so it is easier and cheaper for families now to have an access to this classic lullabies.
RHYTMICAL SOUNDS– aside from lullabies, experts suggested that any music with rhythmical sounds can comfort babies as it reminds them of their mother’s heartbeat. You don’t actually have to stick with the traditional lullabies as you can try other particular music that your baby seems to love. You can also sing any lullabies or soft songs that you want and don’t worry if you are not good in singing.
Just maintain a soft, calm voice to carry throughout to your baby. Moreover singing is a great way for you to bond with your little one and since babies love repetition, use the same music piece whenever it is nap time or bedtime so he can easily associate it to sleep. Other parents also use classical pieces or jazz music while they are moving around and gently rocking their baby to comfort them.
Under this category are instrumentals, heartbeat sounds, nature sounds, birds chirping and rain and water sounds. All of these have calming and relaxing effect for babies and adults too.
WHITE NOISE – so why babies love white noise? According to experts, the womb is tremendously loud and babies got to spent their entire life inside thus, life outside it could be uncomfortably quiet for them. White noise perhaps is the most effective, inexpensive and easiest way to aid babies to sleep.
Even adults can use white noise to address their insomnia, difficulties in sleeping and other health applications. White noise refers to the continuum of frequencies and is usually used in producing electronic music. It helps in recreating percussive instruments sound such as cymbals and can be used to indirectly filter other types of noise.
These are perhaps the reasons why white noise is used by health experts to aid their patients to sleep. It also helps babies in numerous ways;
- It helps reduce your baby’s stress. Yes, they get stressed when they are over-tired or when they are overwhelmed with faces, light and other changes in their environment. Thus, white noise becomes their safe and comfortable space as it blocks out other stimulations surrounding them.
- White noise will help your baby to sleep easily and longer. If you are wondering why your baby only naps for at least 20 minutes at a time, it is because of what they called “sleep arousals”. The 20 minute mark would mean nap time is over but with white noise, the sleep arousal could be more restorative and longer.
Plus white noise can block out other noise from doorbell, older siblings, phone rings, car engines and others which can interfere with your baby’s sleep.
- By simply shushing or creating that hush sound, you are already creating a white noise that your baby can understand. The key is it should be louder than your baby’s cry as the loud shushing can penetrate above his crying and calm him.
Not only babies can benefit from white noise since most parents like you can wake up every time your baby gurgles or grunts. Swings and cradles can also be quite noisy and white noise can help you masked these noises for a better sleep. There are white noise machines available in the market or you can just download white noise apps online for free.
Choose Your Soundtrack
Whilst babies sleep a lot, there are times you prefer them to sleep longer. A baby can snooze for hours during the day but at night time, it will be a different story. These little creatures tend to “party and play” and have all-night rave.
Baby experts say it is a biological normal survival pattern for them as they have shorter sleep cycles and of course, smaller tummies. By playing a calm music you can help her settle to sleep. Leave the lullaby, rhythmic sounds, white noise or your chosen “sleeping soundtrack” playing once she falls asleep.
Since your baby’s ears are more sensitive to life’s noises, you should reduce stimulation. Turn off other sources of noise such as television and radio, close the windows, keep your voices low and keep that music playing. It will create a calming and soothing environment which is ideal for sleeping.