Music and Babies: How Music Can Help Your Baby Sleep
Little Yawn Collective - Oct 01, 2021
Forget about toys; music, music activities, and musical experiences can be a wonderful tool to help soothe your little one to sleep at night. Many studies have shown that the positive effects of music can improve your baby’s sleep quality and even boost brain development, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and language skills.
We aren’t just talking about the Mozart effect, either; any kind of music (yes, even Old Macdonald and their favorite nursery rhyme) can have developmental benefits.
For these reasons and more, music can be an excellent and helpful addition to your baby’s bedtime routine. Let’s explore how music can help your baby sleep.
How Does Music Help My Baby Sleep?
A baby’s sleep is an important time for babies to rest, grow, and develop, and it is a critical time for parents to take a much-needed break.
Music provides many benefits for babies and young children and is a great tool to help your baby have a calm and soothing sleep.
Here are some of the ways that music can help your baby sleep:
- Creating a relaxing environment
- Calmer breathing
- Deeper sleep with less disruption
- Can increase overall early childhood development and help them learn new speech sounds
- It will help your baby to feel safe and secure
- Can reduce growing or teething discomfort for your little one
- Can help your little one establish a routine
Now that we know how music can help your baby sleep, let’s discover how music creates a soothing atmosphere for your little one and how to implement music into their bedtime routine.
Creates a Soothing Atmosphere
When your little one is ready for bed, it’s all about keeping them calm. Music creates a soothing atmosphere that can help babies fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Musical training can help or take your baby to music classes or a music group where they teach rhymes, play with drums, xylophones, shakers, and interaction with music in general (when you’re at home, even playing with pots and pans make for free music lessons!).
Soft and cheerful sounds can help to soothe your baby to sleep with positive sensations, while also drowning out any distracting sounds in your home.
Place a bowl of dried lavender in your nursery, turn on some quiet tunes, and turn off the lights. Creating a calming environment with lavender can help your little one relax and fall fast asleep before you know it.
Helps Their Bedtime Routine
Music provides an opportunity for parents and infants to bond with each other. In fact, when you sing to your baby, they are able to bond and connect with you and your voice. Hearing your voice and familiar songs will help your baby to feel safe and loved.
In your baby’s bedtime routine, try singing some lullabies to your little one while you are getting them ready for bed.
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After applying some soothing lotion, rock your baby to sleep or lay them down in their crib. Then, leave on some soft, soothing music for your baby to fall asleep to. The calm sounds will help your baby to feel at peace and feel secure.
What Music Should I Play?
Babies love listening to many types of music, fast and slow. However, scientists suggest that infants prefer pleasant, harmonic music, rather than loud, harsh sounds.
When choosing the music to play during your baby’s naptime or sleep at night, opt for slow songs with a cheerful melody. Lullabies, classical music, or soft sounds of rain, or the ocean, are all wonderful choices to help babies have a soothing and restful sleep.
Be sure to save the fast songs for playtime, as these will make babies giggle with joy and excitement, but might be too fast-paced for sleep music.
Listening to classical music is a wonderful way to calm your baby. Choose simple, classical music with few instruments and no vocals to overwhelm or confuse your baby. Opt for music with steady beats and rhythms so that your baby can work on their memory skills as well.
White Noise and Nature Sounds
It is said that most newborns sleep best with noise in the background, rather than silence. The best white noise to use while your baby is sleeping should mimic the babies’ sounds in utero or the womb. White noise machines should be placed at least seven feet away from your baby’s crib.
Like a soothing waterfall or sounds from the ocean, nature sounds are also a popular option to help your baby sleep.
Soft lullabies are a wonderful option to help your baby sleep. Lullabies are designed to promote a sense of comfort and familiarity for children and are scientifically proven to lull babies to sleep. Choose soft and soothing lullabies that will lower your baby’s stress (and help release the hormone oxytocin) and help them have a restful sleep.
Simply play soft lullaby music for about 30 minutes after your baby’s bedtime to set the mood and to help your baby fall asleep. Then, turn off the music so that your baby can have a full deep sleep.
Soft spa music is another wonderful music choice to help lull your baby to sleep. A slow, soft rhythm will allow your baby to breathe calmer and deeper, making for a relaxing sleep.
Will Music Help My Baby’s Brain Development?
Music will most definitely help your baby’s brain development and is an excellent way to help them explore their creative emotions. Studies show that babies and toddlers can learn to decipher patterns and develop problem-solving skills by listening to music in early childhood.
Listening to music as a baby will help your little one with the process of learning how to speak and strengthen their overall cognitive and sensory development.
Music also ignites several areas of the brain that will help your baby in their school years. For example, listening to music can help babies and young children with language acquisition and reading skills.
Should I Keep the Music on All Night?
When it comes to the length of the music, we recommend playing music for 30 minutes. If you run lullabies or sounds all night long, this could prevent your baby from going into a deep sleep, as your baby’s brain stays attuned to sound.
Play some of your baby’s favorite lullabies as a part of their bedtime routine. You can softly sing along, and rock your baby to sleep, to get them in a relaxed mood. After placing your baby in the crib, turn on some soft, soothing music or a white noise machine for the first 30 minutes of their sleep.
All in all, music inspires emotions and is a wonderful way to help your baby sleep at night. Music can promote brain development and has many benefits for your little one.
Be sure to only play soft and simple music for the first 30 minutes of your baby’s sleep. Playing music will help to keep your baby feeling happy, healthy, and well-rested. Happy Listening!
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