Music is often praised for inspiring emotions and bringing an uplifting boost to your day. From dancing around the kitchen when cooking, to setting the mood for date night; music can often ignite emotions that you forgot existed! When it comes to getting your child to sleep, music is also a popular recommendation to soothe your little one off peacefully.
But why is music such a welcome addition to your child's sleep routine?
From the moment that you bring your precious newborn home, babies are overloaded with new experiences. This can be overwhelming to their developing senses, making it especially important to create a calm, relaxing environment in order to give them the soothing atmosphere they need to nurture their sleeping pattern.
Soft music played each night can not only relax your child, but it can also help to create a sense of routine for your little one. Acting almost as a trigger, letting them know that it's time for bed, it's the perfect way to add another sense of familiarity - which can leave your baby feeling more secure and therefore more relaxed. A sense of routine throughout the early stages will help to breed feelings of comfort and security throughout childhood.
The reason that lullabies are so effective (and popular), is the physiological effects they can have on your child. Naturally, our bodies will respond to the rhythm and tempo of the music we listen to, meaning that slow, soft, repetitive music will actually slow our heartbeats and allow for deeper, calmer breathing.
The swaying rhythm of a lullaby is remarkably close to the child's own heartbeat, and the quiet melodious sounds are a blessed relief from the world's usual racket. Slower music is also easier on the senses, meaning your child's threat responses are far less likely to be activated, making their bedroom feel both safer and more secure.
We recommend putting on your favoured lullabies/background sounds around half an hour before your child's bed or nap time, allowing them to absorb the music and "wind down", before you actually put the to rest. As mentioned above, the familiar routine will let your child know bedtime is coming soon, making it less of a shock when it's time to be put down for sleep.
If there is a risk of noise or factors which may disturb sleep, then it is recommended to leave the music on throughout the night. As the music can drown out other sounds which may disturb, such as wind and rain, the music acts at the most effective, consistent distraction from this. The constant noise in the background can also give the child an immediate sense of where they are, lessening the disruption they feel as they wake throughout the night, and allowing them to drop right back off if they do wake up during their sleep.