Baby sleep music may be just what you are looking for if you have a baby that just won’t settle down to sleep.
You naturally expect some form of sleep deprivation with a newborn, but after months of getting the barest amount of shut eye you’re ready to try anything.
Baby sleep music can be a godsend if your little one doesn’t nod off easily. As well as calming and soothing frazzled nerves (yours too!) sleep music sends an important cue to your baby that ‘yes, it’s time to sleep now’.
Using music on a nightly basis can train your baby to fall asleep peacefully and naturally. Here are some of the best baby sleep music you should use to help quiet your child for bed.
The very definition of a lullaby is a quiet song to send a child to sleep. If you want to sing your own there are plenty to choose from, parents have been singing lullabies since the year dot! Don’t worry if you’re not pitch perfect, your voice is the most soothing sound in the world to your baby, so they won’t notice or care if you’re off-key.
Here are some tried and tested lullabies:
- Baa-baa black sheep
- Are you sleeping?
- Rock-a-bye baby
- Twinkle, twinkle, little star
- Hush little baby
If you’d rather play recorded music then choose lullabies with soothing voices and instruments so as not to overstimulate your baby’s brain.
Another popular choice for baby’s bedtime is classical music with a steady harmonic rhythm. Choose songs that have gentle instruments rather than heavy percussion.
Here are some of the best classical baby songs:
- Brahms Lullaby
- Debussy – Clair de Lune
- Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
- Beethoven – Fur Elise
- Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Lullabies
Elemental music invoking natural sounds such as gentle falling rain, soft ocean waves or rustling trees can be effective. Often these have music added to them to make them more melodic. You may have to experiment with different songs to see which ones are most effective. Some parents swear by white noise because it masks background sounds and invokes a calm environment.
Some further tips for playing baby sleep music:
- Volume – don’t have the music up too loud it’s meant to calm and soothe not distract their brain from sleep mode
- Placement – Too far away and your baby won’t be able to hear it, too close and it will stimulate them. A few feet away from the crib is ideal.
- Duration – A sleep association with music isn’t a bad thing but it can become a crutch. Eventually you should turn the music off when your baby gets sleepy and allow them to fall asleep on their own.
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Do you use baby sleep music as part of your baby sleep routine? We’d love to know which music works best for your baby in the comments below!
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